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--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Richard Mundy"
> Hi Pete,
> how often in life do we come across a new invention and think, I
> thought of that years ago, but never got round to doing anything
> about it!
> A couple of years ago I invented PTFE (slippery)boots for dogs that
> pull their owners around. I have no idea if it would work, but you
> saw it here first :)
> I have been thinking about the Newcomen atmospheric engine. Because
> of inefficiency it was supersceeded by Watts engine.
> The Newcomen has one big advantage, it is very low tech and if you
> power it with heat from the sun its inefficency is not that relevant!
> --- In email@example.com, "Pete B." <georgeyyy@>
> > Dick,
> > I look back at my youth when I first saw the Raytheon Radarange at a
> > Science Show in New Hampshire. I saw a egg cooked on a paper plate.
> > believe that was in 1947. My grandfather took me to the show as a 4
> or 5
> > year old. A few years later TV dinners hit the scene. They were in
> > aluminum trays and were rather basic meals. At that time I might
> > been 10 or 11 years old. My memory took me back the the Radarange
> > how it might been used with TV dinners. Although I hadn't thought of
> > replacing the aluminum tray with a non metallic one my young mind
> > tied the microwave to the frozen meals. If I had been older or able
> > convince an adult of the potential I might have been one of those
> > inovators.
> > On the Rumsey steamboat. Ben Franklin on a voyage back to the Us
> > France came up with the jet boat idea, Franklin's sketches show a
> > pump. Rumsey replaced the hand pump with a steam engine.
> > http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/library/readings/gulf/gulf.html
> > <http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/library/readings/gulf/gulf.html>
> > For you History buffs; the 16th President of the US had a patent on
> > boat design. It's not steam related yet interesting.
> > http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/04/04/abraham-lincoln-inventor/
> > <http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/04/04/abraham-lincoln-
> > Lincoln's idea never grew but Franklin's certainly did. We now have
> > Buehler Turbocraft boats
> > http://www.uncommonboats.com/website/article.asp?id=465
> > <http://www.uncommonboats.com/website/article.asp?id=465>
> > and the jet skis. That's it...
> > Pete
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Richard Mundy"
> > <coracles18@> wrote:
> > >
> > > I could also add how many promising inventions never got out of
> > > garden shed
> > > (sorry to go on)
> > > Dick
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --- In email@example.com, "Richard Mundy"
> > > coracles18@ wrote:
> > > >
> > > > I can add to this, how much technology etc has been forgotten
> > because
> > > > it is no longer relevant.
> > > > An example is the Ironbridge, Shropshire, England.
> > > > It is known how the sections were cast, but it is speculation
> as to
> > > how
> > > > they actually assembled these to create the bridge. Similarly
> > > were
> > > > the pyramids or stonehenge built?
> > > > Dick
> > > >
> > >
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