Ramūnas Bogdanas, EN.DELFI The first electrical lamp in Lithuania was lit on April 17, 1892 in the morning in Rietavas. Only 13 years had passed since it had been invented. Duke Bogdanas Oginskis was familiar with his fellow countrymen in Rietavas, thus the day was chosen so as to prevent the emergence of rumours about devil’s trickery, which could have ruined the electrification of the lumber mill. April 17 was Easter morning and the lamp was lit at church. With the help of God, the fear of the devil was shut out. Starting from a cow Another scientific achievement – vaccination – cannot boast of such easy adoption. Edward Jenner is viewed as its inventor, having presented a study to London’s Royal Society in 1796 how 13 individuals were safe from smallpox because they had earlier been infected by cow smallpox. Nowadays, E. Jenner would likely be jailed for his experiments, but back then no one condemned his actions. After noticing that a woman, who milked … [Read more...] about Fear of vaccination lives on since the 19th century
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How Bertha links 19th century drive with the electric revolution Independent.ie Bertha's experience 130 years or so ago carries some intriguing parallels with today's era of huge change. Just as we hover on the dawn of a new electric era, she helped lead the way to motoring as we have come to know it. https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/how-bertha-links-19th-century-drive-with-the-electric-revolution-37905383.html https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/article37905382.ece/d7369/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-03-13_lif_48682736_I1.JPG Email Bertha's experience 130 years or so ago carries some intriguing parallels with today's era of huge change. Just as we hover on the dawn of a new electric era, she helped lead the way to motoring as we have come to know it. Bertha? Yes, Bertha Benz, wife of Carl, who is widely regarded as the 'father' of the automobile. She decided to draw public attention to her husband's invention by undertaking the first long-distance drive … [Read more...] about How Bertha links 19th century drive with the electric revolution
The Queen passed another social media milestone by posting an image on Instagram for the first time as she announced the Science Museum’s new summer exhibition – Top Secret. Touching an iPad screen, she shared an image on the official Royal Family account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert.Known as a pioneer of the computer, Babbage wrote to Albert in 1843 about his Analytical Engine, a machine which could perform calculations using punched cards and had a memory unit to store numbers.Standing in the Science Museum’s new Smith Centre, the Queen was applauded after she shared the post on the Royal Instagram account which was launched in 2013 and now has 4.6 million followers.The Queen’s post read: “In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention, the Analytical Engine, upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord … [Read more...] about Queen makes debut post on Instagram… a 19th century letter to Prince Albert
A retired lecturer who was fascinated by how things work has left a treasure trove of objects – including an electric shock machine for combating ‘nervous’ diseases. John Wilson, known as J Patrick Wilson, spent three decades building up his unique collection and would wile away his spare time tinkering around with the gadgets. Now – following the 81-year-old academic’s death two years ago – 200 scientific and medical instruments are to go under the hammer next week. The most unusual item is the Davis and Kidders magneto electro machine that is still in working order. Patented in 1854, the manufacturers claimed it could relieve pain, as well as cure numerous diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, gangrene, heart disease, lockjaw and spinal difficulties. Dr Wilson, who lived in Newcastle and was a lecturer in communications, neuroscience and electronics at Keele University , found many of the objects at science and antique fairs or on market … [Read more...] about Fancy your own 19th century electric shock machine?
The First World War was a time of great innovation – and not just in the military and medicine. Many products and ideas we take for granted today rose to prominence during the conflict. Ahead of Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the armistice, the Royal British Legion has produced a list of just a few of them: Licensing laws Four days into the war, a law was passed that effectively controlled every aspect of society. The 1914 Defence of the Realm Act gave powers to prosecute anyone deemed to “jeopardise the success of the operations of His Majesty’s forces or to assist the enemy”. The regulations covered the deadly serious to the seemingly trivial. In some areas they even allowed imprisonment without trial. Discussion of military matters was illegal and any property could be requisitioned. Whistling for taxis, kite-flying, bonfires, binoculars sales and feeding bread to wild animals were banned. Worried that too much boozing would hamper the war … [Read more...] about The 10 everyday items invented in WW1… including teabags, wristwatches and tissues