WTF Fun Fact 12570 – The Telephone’s Real Inventor

If Alexander Graham Bell didn’t invest the telephone, then why does he get all the credit? Click to read the full fact.

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The big four artificial sweeteners…

The big four artificial sweeteners – Saccharine, Cyclamate, Aspartame and Sucralose – were all discovered after scientists accidentally tasted the chemicals. Saccharine was discovered in 1879 by Constantin Fahlberg, who was researching coal tar derivatives and forgot to wash his hands before going for lunch. Cyclamate (Sweet ‘n’ Low) was discovered in 1937 when graduate […]

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Leona Woods was the only woman physicist…

Leona Woods was the only woman physicist on the team which built the world’s first nuclear reactor as part of the Manhattan Project. She became a mother during the Project but hid her pregnancy as not to miss work. Afterwards as a professor, she authored >200 papers in physics and astrophysics.

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In the early 1940s a Mexican scientist…

In the early 1940s a Mexican scientist named Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena created a color television system some considered better than any American system at the time. His work made it possible in the 1970s for NASA to transmit color photos of Jupiter from the Voyager satellite.

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