The first commercially successful barcode reading system was patented in November 1969 by John F. Keidel for the General Atronics Corp. It was soon realized that there would have to be some sort of industry standard set. In 1970, the Universal Grocery Products Identification Code or UGPIC was written by
In the eighties, while NASA researchers were exploring the idea of using algae as a way to create oxygen in outer space through the process of photosynthesis, they found that certain types of algae contain a couple of essential fatty acids that are present in human breast milk — Docosahexaenoic
Derived from the Latin word Umbra, which means shade. The first umbrellas were for protection from the sun and were possibly inspired from the canopy of a tree, which would offer a cool shade from the heat of the day. The origins of the umbrella are most probably China in
In 1901, just-add-hot water “instant” coffee was invented by Japanese American chemist Satori Kato of Chicago. In 1906, English chemist George Constant Washington, invented the first mass-produced instant coffee. Washington was living in Guatemala and at the time when he observed dried coffee on his coffee carafe, after experimenting he
Historians do not know when the idea of a straw was first invented, though it is believed to be very old. The first known straws were made by the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia, used for drinking beer, probably to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that sink to the bottom.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), was the world’s first operational packet switching network and the core network of a set that came to compose the global Internet. The network was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the United States Department of Defense for use
The Kipferl (ancestor of the croissant) has been documented in Austria going back at least as far as the 13th century, in various shapes. The “birth” of the croissant itself – that is, its adaptation from the plainer form of Kipferl, before its subsequent evolution (to a puff pastry) –
Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States and some other countries, but are absent in China. Makoto Hagiwara of Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco is reported to have been the first person in the USA to have served