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Explosions in the Sky
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese invented fireworks. Learn the origin of these celebrated pyrotechnics in this episode.
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Stuff of Genius: Changes in Oil
John Ellis invented motor oil in 1866. Learn about the different types of engine oil his company Valvoline now produces to keep your vehicle optimized.
Stuff of Genius: Stephanie Kwolek: Kevlar
When Stephanie Kwolek couldn't pursue a career in medicine, she took a job as a research chemist. Tune in to learn how this unplanned career led to the Stuff of Genius that changed the world and saved thousands of lives.
Stuff of Genius: Philo Farnsworth: Television
When Philo Farnsworth was just 14 years old, he had an epiphany that changed his life -- and ours. Tune in and learn how this former sharecropper created the modern television in The Stuff of Genius, a video podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Stuff of Genius: Willis Carrier: Air Conditioning
When Willis Carrier set out to solve inking problems for a local printing press, he didn't set out to change the world. Luckily for us, he did. Tune in and learn the story behind the modern air conditioning unit in this podcast.
Stuff of Genius: Sarah Goode: Folding Bed
During a time when women were treated like second-class citizens and African-Americans were relentlessly persecuted, Sarah Goode built her own business from the ground up. Tune in to learn more about Sarah Goode and the folding cabinet bed.
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: Philip Diehl: Ceiling Fan
Originally born in Germany, Philip Diehl immigrated to the US in 1868. Although he has several fascinating inventions to his name, the ceiling fan remains his most well-known innovation. Tune in to learn more.
Stuff of Genius: Bartolomeo Cristofori: The Modern Piano
Before Bartolomeo Cristofori began tinkering with musical instruments for Ferdinando de Medici, no one had heard of a piano. Tune in to learn how Cristofori's Stuff of Genius changed music -- and history -- in this episode.
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