Stuff of Genius
Carlson and the Copier
Before the invention of the modern copier, companies across the world depended on time-consuming -- and, often, incorrect -- duplication methods. Learn how Carlson's Stuff of Genius made Xerox a household name in this video.
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Stuff of Genius: George Ferris: Ferris Wheel
When Chicago began planning for the World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893, the city's planners asked George Ferris to build something "original, daring, and unique." Tune in to learn more about his invention -- and why it's considered the Stuff of Genius.
Tim Berners-Lee: World Wide Web
Nowadays the Internet is nearly ubiquitous, but how did it all begin? Tune in for a closer look at the man who changed the world -- and invented the World Wide Web -- in this episode.
Stuff of Genius: Velcro
When George de Mestral and his dog set out on a leisurely mountain stroll, they returned covered in burrs. Learn how an afternoon walk inspired the creation of Velcro in this video.
Stuff of Genius: Spray Cans
Although the idea of an aerosol spray back to the 18th century, Erik Rotheim was the first person to make a working device based on the concept. Tune in and learn how his Stuff of Genius has changed the world -- for better or worse.
Stuff of Genius: Percy Spencer: Microwave Oven
Today, microwave ovens are a common sight in kitchens across the world -- but who invented them? Tune in to learn how Percy Spencer accidentally struck upon the Stuff of Microwaving Genius.
Stuff of Genius: Robert Wilhelm Bunsen: Bunsen Burners
Nowadays Bunsen burners are an everyday laboratory device, but this wasn't always the case. Tune in and learn more about the fascinating life of Robert Bunsen and his Stuff of Genius in this video podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Stuff of Genius: The Safety Pin
With patents on everything from fountain pens to rifles, Walter Hunt has sometimes been called "America's forgotten inventor." However, his most successful invention is incredibly commonplace -- tune in and learn more about the safety pin.
George de Mestral: Velcro
When George de Mestral and his dog set out on a leisurely mountain stroll, they returned covered in burrs. Learn how an afternoon walk inspired the creation of Velcro in this video podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Stuff of Genius: Edward Jenner: Smallpox Vaccine
Although forms of vaccination had been discovered thousands of years ago in Asia and Africa, Western Europeans didn't pick up on it until Edward Jenner turned an old wives' tale into the Stuff of Genius. Tune in and learn more in this podcast.
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.
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Stuff of Genius: Black Sabbatical
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Stuff of Genius: Hack Your New Year
Want to successfully meet your resolutions in 2014? Use these 5 lifehacks at the beginning of your year, so you're happy with the rest of it!
Stuff of Genius: No More Woof
Talking dogs are cute and all, but what if you could actually translate your dog's thoughts into English? A Scandinavian research lab claims they've invented the answer.
Stuff of Genius: The White Elephant In The Room
Every year, American office parties celebrate a tradition called a "White Elephant" exchange. Stuff of Genius deciphers how this term came from a complicated history between the U.S. and Thailand.