Inventions have been boosting economic growth and productivity since the dawn of man. Unsurprisingly, it is the inventor who is often the early tester of those inventions. And some of those inventions pose deadly risks. While some inventors enjoy fame and fortune thanks to their inventions, for a handful of inventors, their devices proved to be their own worst enemies. Here’s a short list of 15 brilliant engineers, scientists, and old-fashioned daredevils who fell victim to their own ideas.
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Have you ever wondered why we break the wishbone or watch football every year on Thanksgiving? While this holiday is all about showing gratitude, it’s easy to take some of these century-old traditions for granted. So, while you’re preparing, eating or sleeping off your Thanksgiving meal, ponder these fun (and bizarre) Turkey Day facts, and wow your family at the dinner table with your Thanksgiving knowledge.
New evidence has come to light supporting the theory that legendary aviator Amelia Earhart died as a castaway on an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific, rather then in a plane crash as previously assumed. Researchers believe the new discovery puts them one step closer to cracking the enduring mystery of Earhart’s fateful 1937 disappearance that… View Article
Scientists have found that migraine sufferers tend to have a different mix of bacteria in their mouth and gut compared to non-migraine suffers. This increased level of bacteria potentially makes them more susceptible to the debilitating headaches due to it causing sufferers an increased sensitivity to certain foods. People who suffer from migraines often say that eating certain foods… View Article
Over the past century, the human lifespan has been steadily increasing in large part due to advances in science, medicine and social conditions. In addition to longer average lifespans, the maximum age at death of the longest-living people also rose steadily throughout the 20th century, leaving many to speculate that human longevity may not have an upper limit. However,… View Article
A new study has discovered a surprising relationship between the duration of mammals yawns and how big and complex their brains are, with researchers now believing the length of a species’ yawn is indicative of greater cognitive abilities. The exact physiological function of yawning is still largely a mystery. Although it appears to be triggered by… View Article
In what experts are calling a “revolutionary” medical event, the first baby containing the DNA from three different people was born five months ago after being conceived through a new and controversial technique. The divide is due to the method of conception: a three-parent technique called “spindle nuclear transfer,” the details of which were published last… View Article
September 2016 will go down in history as a month that hit a major global warming milestone ― and one we may never recover from. At a time of year when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value for September has failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm) for the… View Article
On Tuesday afternoon, SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled his company’s detailed plans for transporting people to Mars and establishing a human settlement on the red planet by 2022. In an effort to protect humanity from certain doom, the tech billionaire unveiled his ambitious plans to colonize Mars within the next decade during a keynote talk… View Article
A well-preserved 2,000-year-old skeleton was recently uncovered at the famous Antikythera shipwreck site in the Mediterranean waters off the coast of Greece. Researchers hope the discovery will shed light on what caused the ancient vessel to sink off the jagged coastline, as well as possibly providing the first DNA evidence recovered from a first century B.C. shipwreck victim…. View Article
Just as scientists declared 2016 to be the hottest year on record, scientists at Stanford University revealed they have invented a fabric inspired by kitchen plastic wrap that actively cools your body temperature if woven into the clothing. The new fabric — a form of polyethylene derived from plant material — and its futuristic cooling properties were… View Article
New research reveals that the sugar industry funded studies in the early 1960s that downplayed sugar’s critical role in heart disease, while instead placing the blame on fats. This is the latest example of food and beverage makers attempting to shape public understanding of nutrition, with this recent revelation proving that a dangerous and erroneous cornerstone of… View Article