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.
George Washington Carver invented hundreds of uses for the peanut. But other African-Americans invented the gas mask, the folding bed and many other items.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
While the Aztecs are best known for their warlike ways and human sacrifices, their culture also gave birth to elaborate crafts and a highly organized system of government. In fact, some of their inventions are still used today.
Nobody pulls off rugged chic quite like Alaskans! But despite their hardy spirits and can-do attitudes, they're secretly wishing for a few inventions to improve the quality of life in their beautiful state. We suggest these five.
The ancient Chinese brought us many great innovations, including some that we take for granted in the modern world. Let's examine 10 of ancient China's greatest inventions.