Inventions

Inventions can change the world in an instant. Inventions are thought of every minute but very few of them actually make it to market. In this section we'll examine amazing inventions from all throughout history.


Who invented the refrigerator?

The grocery bag you're carrying breaks, and the eggs inside splat across your driveway. Yep, unloading groceries can be tedious, but that's nothing compared to the days before refrigeration, so grab a cold beverage and learn who you have to thank.

Top 5 Inventions for Kids

Edison, Bell, the Wright Brothers -- sure, their inventions changed the world, but they didn't tend to think up much for the kids. But that doesn't mean there haven't been some good ones over the years. So pick up your pogo stick and hop along to find out five of our favorites.

Who invented the first gun?

Created more than a thousand years ago, they've affected warfare -- and society in general -- in ways almost no other weapon can match. So, who was the inventor?

Who invented the elevator?

Like so many other modern conveniences that we take for granted, the history of the elevator is more complicated than it may seem at first glance. Believe it or not, there's some controversy over who invented this commonplace contraption.

Top 10 Inventions by African-Americans

If asked to name a famous African-American inventor, most people immediately think of George Washington Carver. But Carver, credited for his work with crop rotation and the peanut, is just one of many black inventors. Here, a look at 10 notable inventions credited to African-Americans innovators.

Top 10 Things That Women Invented

By the end of the 20th century, female inventors held 10 percent of all patents -- a disparity indicating the hurdles women faced in receiving credit for their ideas. The inventions on this list overcame those obstacles.

You Have an Idea for an Invention ... Now What?

Coming up with a brilliant idea for a useful invention is just one part of the process. It takes even more work to develop that idea into a mass-market phenomenon that can change people's lives forever.

Top 5 Ancient Incan Inventions

The Incan empire had a highly developed organizational system and a near limitless workforce that helped create a culture of wonders. So what are some of their inventions that we know about today?

Who invented video games?

More than two-thirds of U.S. households play video games, according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Without the crazy ideas of a few pioneering folks, we might still be stuck playing marathon sessions of charades. So who do we have to thank?

Who invented the X-ray?

We take X-rays so much for granted. We get them at the dentist's office and watch them while clearing luggage through security at the airport. But did you know they were discovered by accident?