Monthly Archives: September 2017

Air Conditioning Makes Southern Mega-Cities Possible

Air conditioning has been around since Roman times, when the wealthy piped aqueduct water through pipes in their walls. In 1902, a Cornell-trained mechanical engineer named Willis Carrier (1876-1950,) building on Michael Faraday’s discovery in 1820 that compressing and liquefying … Continue reading

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Monster Earthquake Causes the Mississippi River to Flow Backwards

The steamboat New Orleans, first of its type to travel the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, set out from Pittsburgh on October 20, 1811, bound for New Orleans. Captain Nicholas Roosevelt had brought along his young wife, Lydia, their two year … Continue reading

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