Today I learned of the $23 million dollar toilets designed by NASA for deep space missions. With odor control being a serious issue, NASA pays certified sniffers to smell the toilets after they've been used to evaluate odor-control measures. The lead engineer calls them the "unsung heroes of the space program". laptrinhx.com/the-toilet-…
In 2009 Icelandic engineers accidentally drilled into a magma chamber with temperatures up to 1000C (1832F). Instead of abandoning the well like a previous project in Hawaii, they decided to pump water down and became the most powerful geothermal well ever created. theconversation.com/drill…
Joseph Strauss, the engineer of the golden Gate Bridge, mandated that a net be installed under the bridge for safety while being built. This was revolutionary at the time. The net caught 19 men who fell, saving all of them from a certain death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
During renovation works to the Statue of Liberty before centennial celebrations in 1986, engineers found numerous defects when it was originally designed and constructed. These include the head being two metres off centre, and the right arm not being properly attached. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
NASA's longest serving female employee since January 1958, Sue Finley, has been an engineer and programmer for space missions since Explorer 1, for missions to the Moon, Sun, all the planets and many other solar system bodies, and recipient of NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
A 2017 study by statistician Nathan Yau found the career divorce rates. Bartenders, flight attendants , massage therapists, and nurses had the highest at around 45-50%. Meanwhile, actuaries had the lowest at 17%, followed by software developers, engineers, scientists, and eye doctors. divorce.lovetoknow.com/Di…
For 18 months, a village in Wales was mystified as to why their broadband internet crashed at 7am every morning, until engineers "picked up a large burst of electrical interference" springing from one dude turning on his very old TV. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The Chief Engineer for the SR-71 started as a tool engineer but was promoted for detecting a flaw in an airliner that made it unstable. He went on to create the famous Lockheed Skunkworks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer for the 1933-1937 construction of the Golden Gate bridge made safety a high priority on the project. It was the first construction site in America to require workers to wear hard hats. history.com/news/6-things…
Nav Bhatia moved to Toronto in 1984; struggling to find work as a mechanical engineer he sold cars, eventually buying the dealership 2 years later. A "superfan" of the Toronto Raptors, He received an official championship ring and was recently inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nav…
In June 2015 an engineer for The Smiler ride at the Alton Towers theme park overrode a safety mechanism and sent a loaded train into the back of a stalled test train, resulting in multiple passenger injuries that included two people needing partial leg amputations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The first steam turbine was invented in the 1st century by Greek engineer Hero of Alexandria, along with the first wind organ, vending machine, and piston pump. Most of his works were written off as party tricks or display relics for temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
There is a house in MA almost entirely made from newspapers (except fireplace!). It was built by Elis Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed the machines that make paper clips, as a Rockport summer home in 1922 in order to test the durability of paper as a residential construction material. paperindustryworld.com/re…
In the 1930s, bridge construction projects expected one fatality for every $1 million in cost. So, the Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge enacted the most stringent safety measures in history. He even formulated diets to help fight dizziness and sauerkraut juice β€œcures” for hangovers. fixfastusa.com/news-blog/…
The Battleshitts scene in Harold and Kumar was authentic shit sounds. "Sound engineer Jeff Kushner looked for recordings of bowel movements, but couldn’t find the β€œrichness” he wanted, so instead he hid in a truck stop bathroom with a boom mic to capture authentic bowel moments." uproxx.com/viral/harold-a…
At G.E. in the 1920s, as a joke, newly hired engineers would be told to develop an inside frosted lightbulb, which was believed to be impossible. In 1925, newly hired Marvin Pipkin got the assignment, and astonished his peers by succeeding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
The identity of the cooing baby on Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" is a mystery. The sample was recorded in 1964 for a sound effects compilation, but the label didn't keep a paper trail, and the engineer who recorded it doesn't remember who the baby was daily.redbullmusicacademy…
Wong Tsu, a Chinese-born engineer helped launch US commercial aviation. history.com/news/wong-tsu…
In 14th December 1971, just two days before officially losing the war, Pakistan made a final effort was made to kill as many intellectuals (including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers etc.) as possible, to eliminate the future leaders of the new nation of Bangladesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
The CT scanner was invented by an electrical engineer working for EMI, the record company that signed the Beatles. His name was Godfrey Hounsfield and he performed the first CT in history by scanning his own brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Engineers at Sarcos Robotics have finished development of a wearable robot human exoskeleton that gives users super strength voanews.com/episode/weara…
In 1963 Italian engineers underestimated the landslide they would create while filling a dam, producing a shockwave 2x the intensity of Hiroshima, instantly pulverizing thousands of people & causing a 820ft tsunami to travel down a mountain & turn the towns beneath into a β€œlarge muddy crater” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaj…
The Chinese city of Fancheng held out for nearly 6 years against the Mongols - until Kublai Khan's nephew sent him Muslim engineers from Iran that built counterweight trebuchets, with a range of 1,600 ft. and launching projectiles weighing 660 lbs. The city fell within a few days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Engineers build tube fishways to carry fish over dam walls interestingengineering.co…
During the 1850s and 1860s, engineers raised the city of Chicago from 4 feet up to 14 feet. They did this so they could install a sewage system because the city was right on the water table of Lake Michigan. youtu.be/IJDbwUka0JM
F1 driver Ayrton Senna once claimed he crashed because a wall moved. A team engineer humored him and checked the location of the crash and discovered Senna was telling the truth. Tire marks showed that someone had hit the wall block, causing it to tilt and protrude enough for Senna to hit it. essentiallysports.com/gre…
While Martin Cooper of Motorola is considered the inventor of the handheld cellular telephone (demonstrating a call on it in 1973), cell phone technology was actually invented much earlier in 1947 by Bell Labs engineer, Douglas Ring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
America's top five most dangerous jobs are (1) logging, (2) fishing work, (3) aircraft pilots/engineers, (4) roofers, and (5) recycling workers. A worker dies roughly every 99 minutes. bls.gov/news.release/cfoi…
In a 1966 study, a group of engineers, mathematicians, artists, and architects were administered 50 micrograms of LSD and 100 milligrams of mescaline over a period of time. They then discovered solutions to professional problems that were previously unsolvable for them for 3 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
The Super Soaker was invented in 1990 by NASA engineer, and Air Force Veteran Lonnie George Johnson who describes himself as a "part of a small group of African-American inventors whose work accounts for 6 percent of all U.S. patent applications." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
In 1987, an engineer used a new computer program β€œrwall” to send a message to his university server. Instead, the program broadcasted the message to every user on the internetβ€”including the Pentagon. catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/4…
George B. McClellan, the mayor of New York in 1904, was to symbolically start the first train at City Hall station and the hand it over to an engineer. However, he enjoyed himself so much that he refused to stop controlling the train until he reached 103rd street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned of a secret classified material known as FOGBANK used by the US in the manufacturing of nuclear warheads in the late 70s and early 80s. The US forgot how to manufacture it, and spent millions to reverse engineer the material in the late 2000s to refurbish older warheads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FOG…
Today I learned about an "Engineers ring" - a ring of stainless steel or iron worn on the pinky to represent being a certified engineer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Today I learned of 'La Jamais Contente', the first road vehicle to go over 100 kilometres per hour. It was designed and driven by Belgian engineer Camille Jenatzy, and was powered by electricity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
Naris Ahmed, an Indian-American electrical engineer and Professor Emeritus at UNM, is considered to be the inventor a discrete cosine transform (DCT) , one of the most widely used data compression algorithms, the basis of today's most digital media standards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
In 1978 an architectural student discovered that a skyscraper in NY could topple if strong winds hit the building. The engineer that is credited for designing the building then made secret nightly repairs in collaboration with the NYPD, without alerting the general public to the danger 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Engineers have been able to increase the damage resistance of an airplane's black box by 60 times thanks to studying the anatomy of a woodpecker's skull.ο»Ώ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
The design of carburetors in British WWII fighter aircraft had a fault that would shut down the aircraft's engine during a negative-G force maneuver. In 1941 a female engineer solved the problem with a simple device, which British pilots then named after her. It was named Miss Shilling's orifice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The first color images of Mars were taken by Mariner 4, but were hand colored in by engineers on the ground. jpl.nasa.gov/images/first…
Jimmy Carter is considered the least supportive of U.S. human space efforts of any president, but as a trained engineer, he took a strong interest in the developments in planetary exploration that occurred on his watch. In 1979, Carter considered terminating the Space Shuttle Program nasa.gov/50th/50th_magazi…
It took six years for AndrΓ‘s AratΓ³, AKA "Hide the Pain Harold", a retired electrical engineer to come to terms with his Internet meme status en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
In 1910, AT&T tried to prevent people from saying β€œHello” when placing or receiving a call. It argued in "Telephone Engineer Magazine" and local AT&T Directories that the use of the word was unnecessary and undignified. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Sir William Thomson, the 1st Baron Kelvin, in whose honour the scale for absolute temperatures is named, was Scots-Irish and was knighted by Queen Victoria not for his work in thermodynamics but for his work as an electrical engineer in the sphere electrical telegraphs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant. It was much closer to the epicenter of the 2011 Earthquake than the Fukushima Power Plant, yet it sustained only minor damage and even housed tsunami evacuees. It's safety is credited to engineer Hirai Yanosuke who insisted it have a 14m (46FT) tall sea wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ona…
The Wade-Dahl-Till valve, a cerebral shunt used to treat hydrocephalus, was developed by the famous author Roald Dahl along with hydraulic engineer Stanley Wade and neurosurgeon Kenneth Till after Dahl's son Theo developed hydrocephalus after being struck by a taxicab. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wad…
The man known as "Hide the Pain Harold" is named AratΓ³ AndrΓ‘s. He is a retired Hungarian electrical engineer turned stock photography model and stumbled upon himself as a meme when he was looking up stock photos of himself to see how they turned out. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Alfred Nobel a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist. He held 355 different patents, dynamite being the most famous, Having read a premature obituary which condemned him for profiting from the sales of arms, he bequeathed his fortune to the Nobel Prize institution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
The first pipe organ was made 2200 years ago by Greek engineer Ctesibius of Alexandria, making pipe organs 200 years older than Christianity. They weren't adopted by the church until 1000 years later, when Charlemagne requested one for his private chapel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Jerry Lawson pioneered home video gaming in the 1970's by helping to invent the Fairchild Channel F, the first system with interchangeable cartridges. One of few black engineers in computing at the time, he unfortunately received less recognition than deserved due to the Channel F's poor sales. biography.com/inventor/je…

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