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Engineering Trivia

Engineering Trivia

The Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) at 828 meters tall.
The 14th century. The first mechanical clock was invented in the early 14th century in Europe?
“The Horsey Horseless was an early automobile created by Uriah Smith, a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, in Battle Creek, Michigan. It contained a wooden horse head and neck attached to the front of the car, intended to make it resemble a horse and carriage so as not to frighten horses on the road.”
Two ways to look at this: one word is ingeniare ("to create, generate, contrive, devise") and the other is ingenium ("cleverness").
50,000kg. The ENIAC was invented by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania and began construction in 1943 and was not completed until 1946. It occupied about 1,800 square feet and used about 18,000 vacuum tubes, weighing almost 50 tons.
One Hundred zeros (10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000). “Eventually, they changed the name to Google; the name of the search engine originated from a misspelling of the word "googol", the number 1 followed by 100 zeros, which was picked to signify that the search engine was intended to provide large quantities of information.”
The telephone. The telephone was invented in 1876, while the light bulb was invented in 1879
The steam train was invented in 1804, while the bicycle was invented in 1817
A group of fruit flies. Though often forgotten, the first living things sent into space were fruit flies on the 20th of February 1947. The dog and the monkey came later!
114km long. The longest bridge is 114km long and is named the “Danyang-Kunshan Grand,” found in China.
1228 km/h. ThrustSSC, a twin turbofan jet-powered car, 1997. A Boeing 747 is only about 917 km/h. Also the first supersonic record as it broke the sound barrier (1234.8km/h).
Riding a motorbike. In order to generate movement, the energy from lots of small explosions are harnessed by the engine.
Large Hadron Collider. the world's largest and highest-energy particle collider. It lies in a tunnel 27 km in circumference and as deep as 175 metres beneath the France–Switzerland border near Geneva.
True It’s called solar sailing, and it was first successfully demonstrated in 2010 by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Their experimental spacecraft was called IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun). Even though photons have no mass they can still transfer a tiny amount of momentum when they collide with something.
Nuclear power The "Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator" converts heat generated from the radioactive decay of plutonium into electricity. Previous Mars rovers have used solar panels but these are susceptible to dust storms that cover up the panels and block sunlight.

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