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Lego Will Create a 'Women of NASA' Set

Danish toy company Lego will create a set featuring pioneering women of NASA. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

13 Super Fun Facts and Quotes From Our Instagram

HowStuffWorks has an Instagram account! Here are 13 fun facts and quotes from the HowStuffWorks Instagram to give you a feel for what you'll find. See more »

Greatest Tech Masterminds of All Time

These techno-wizards shaped our world with their inventions and ideas. Learn about some of our favorite tech masterminds. See more »

What device did Douglas Engelbart invent?

What device did Douglas Engelbart invent? Find out what famous invention Douglas Engelbart is known for. See more »

How MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowships Work

The MacArthur Foundation doles out financial awards that have come to be known as 'genius' grants. Learn about MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowships. See more »

What computer defeated a champion chess player?

What computer defeated a champion chess player? Find out which computer was the first to defeat a champion human chess player. See more »

10 Nobel Laureates Whose Work Changed the World

Which Nobel Laureates have truly changed the world? Learn about 10 Nobel Laureates whose work changed the world. See more »

Who popularized the term 'virtual reality'?

Who popularized the term 'Virtual Reality'? Find out who popularized the term 'virtual reality' at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Technologists Who Have Benefited Humankind

What technologists have benefited mankind? These are five of the people behind some of the greatest technological changes to benefit humankind. See more »

Who is the 'Mother of the Internet'?

Is there a founding mother to the Internet? Meet the engineer behind the moniker -- and find out who is the mother of the Internet. See more »