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Stuff of Genius: Chester Greenwood: Earmuffs

As a big-eared child in Maine, Chester Greenwood was used to freezing weather. Of course, that doesn't mean he enjoyed it. Learn how his Stuff of Genius kept ears across America toasty (and made Chester famous) in this podcast.

Stuff of Genius: Edwin Land: Polaroid Camera

When Edwin Land's daughter asked why she couldn't see a photograph immediately after it was taken, inspiration struck. Learn how this prolific inventor's Stuff Of Genius polarized light and made every camera user an amateur film developer in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: Erno Rubik: Rubik's Cube

As a professor in Budapest, Erno Rubik had a pretty swell day job -- but his hobby was even more fascinating. Tune in and learn how Erno Rubik's hobby became the brain-teasing Stuff of Genius that baffles millions in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: Louis Reard: Bikini

Louie Reard wasn't the typical automobile engineer, and his Stuff of Genius has nothing to do with cars. Tune in and learn how an otherwise mild-mannered inventor created one of history's most iconic -- and controversial -- pieces of swimwear.

Stuff of Genius: Robert Cades: Gatorade

When a local football coach asked Robert Cade to help hydrate his players, he set off on a journey to find the perfect sports drink. Tune in and learn more about Cade's Stuff of Genius in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: George Crum: Potato Chips

Frustrated by a picky customer, cook George Crum fried up some paper-thin potato slices. Find out how George's revenge scheme went awry -- and how his potato chips became the Stuff of Genius -- in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: Rudolf Diesel: Diesel Engine

Born in 1858, Rudolf Diesel was fascinated by engines from a young age. However, the engines of the time were incredibly inefficient -- at least, that is, until Rudolf's Stuff of Genius struck. Tune in and learn more in this podcast.

Stuff of Genius: Muhammad Yunus: Microloans

For most of the modern age, conventional bank loans have been beyond the reach of the poor, forcing families across the globe to do business with loansharks. At least, that is, until Muhammad Yunus invented microloans. Learn more in this podcast.

Stuff of Genius: Mikkel Frandsen: Lifestraw

In a world where millions of people don't have access to clean water, entrepreneur Mikkel Frandsen saw a simple solution: the Lifestraw. Listen in and learn how this Stuff of Genius is changing lives across the developing world.

The Business of Ferrets

Ferrets assist humans with science. Learn more about ferrets at Stuff of Genius.

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The Inventors Behind Stuff You Use Every Day

Ever wonder where items you use everyday came from? Learn about the men and women behind these ubiquitious -- but genius -- inventions.

900 Geniuses: Julie Mehretu

(Every year Thousands of people pass Julie Mehretu's massive 80-foot (24.384-meters) wide "Mural" every day. It hangs in the lobby of Goldman Sachs' headquarters in lower Manhattan, commissioned by the company for $5 million. As Mehretu exp ...

5 Incredible Ways Technology Is Making Life Easier

While we can sometimes feel like throwing our computers out the window, ultimately technology gives us a wealth of opportunities to have more comfortable lives.

10 Everyday Technologies You Don't Realize You Use

We're surrounded by gadgets and gizmos, but there are some technologies we use on a regular basis that escape our notice. What are these stealth technologies powering our daily lives?

10 Inventions That Changed the World

If you think that the world's greatest inventions came from the fevered minds of solitary geniuses, think again. As you scan this list of the 10 inventions that changed the world, note how many of them perfected workable designs.

Top 10 Leonardo da Vinci Inventions

Da Vinci's designs were spectacularly ahead of his time. If they had actually been built, they might have revolutionized the history of technology. What were some of his most imaginative sketches?

Greatest Inventors of All Time

No one gallery could contain all the tech genius the world has ever seen, but here's a start. Did your favorite inventor make the list?

Stuff of Genius: L.L. Zamenhof: Esperanto

L.L. Zamenhof was fascinated by language from a young age. He also believed the majority of human conflict arose from miscommunication. Tune in to learn how Zamenhof used his Stuff of Genius to build a universal language.

Stuff of Genius: Levi Strauss: Blue Jeans

Today, blue jeans are one of the world's most iconic forms of clothing. But who came up with the idea? (Hint: It wasn't just Levi Strauss.) Tune in to learn more about blue jeans in this special episode featuring two inventors.