We tend to hold inventors in high esteem, but often their discoveries were the result of an accident or twist of fate. This is true of many everyday items, including the following surprise inventions. From popsicles to Post-It Notes, and from the microwave oven to Penicillin, in this article we’ll take a look at 10 unintentional discoveries or inventions that changed the world for the better.
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Since launching in 2007, Google Street View has taken panoramic shots of 5 million miles of roads, covering 45 countries and about 3,000 cities around the world. The street view on Google Maps is a great feature, especially for checking out places you’ve never been before. But as the following images show, Google has a gift for inadvertently capturing some bizarre, candid and hilarious pictures of the spots they’re mapping. From a lonely baby outside a Gucci store, to a superhero sleeping on a park bench, these are some of the most obscure and craziest images from around the world captured on Google Street View.
This year, give yourself a leg up by downloading an app that will truly help you meet the resolutions you made for this year. The more help, the better, as far as I’m concerned, and I think you’ll agree after you check out these 10 great apps that will help you make this year the best year ever.
A massive cyberattack hindered access to many major websites across the internet on Friday. On Friday morning, Dyn — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and… View Article
Last year VSP Global, the nation’s largest vision care provider, unveiled one of the latest advancements in digital health — a pair of regular-looking eye glasses with invisible activity tracking sensors built into the temple. VSP started working with the University of Southern California’s (USC) Center for Body Computing in 2015 on something they called… 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 new study into the effectiveness of fitness trackers for weight loss found the wearable devices may not be as helpful as previously thought. And in fact, they may even have the opposite effect. In the new report published September 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh… View Article
On Thursday afternoon, Yahoo officially confirmed data “associated with at least 500 million user accounts” have been stolen in what may be one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in history. In the statement, the recently-sold internet giant said it believes a “state-sponsored actor” — an individual acting on behalf of a government — was behind the… View Article
On Monday Google launched Google Trips, a new mobile application aimed at helping people better plan their vacation and travels. The free app — which is available on Android and iOS — serves as a trip planner and travel guide that is capable of organizing your plane tickets and hotel reservations, offering editorial guides to more than 200… 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
Just two weeks after Samsung launched its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officially recalled the device Thursday after dozens of users reported it catching fire while charging. The recall comes a week after the CPSC told customers to “immediately stop using and power down” the device. The agency said they have received… View Article