Awesome Engineering Facts
Engineers love to learn new things like facts, trivia, or anything that they know will spike their engineering interest. So, here are some awesome engineering facts that you may not have heard of yet.
1. 220 Million Tech Waste
Around 220 million tons of old computers and other electronic devices are disposed in the United States each year.
2. How to destroy diamond
A diamond does not dissolve in acid, only intense heat can destroy a diamond.
Moore’s law states that, microchips double in power every 18 to 24 months.
4. Wright Brothers
Even though the first flight at Kitty Hawk took place on December 17, 1903, the secretive Wright Brothers did not demonstrate the technology to the broader public until August 8, 1908.
5. 113 Space Shuttle
Ever since the program began in 1981 as of 2009, there have been 113 space shuttle flights. In 2020, SpaceX successfully the world’s private company mission to space.
Chuck Yeager blasted through the sound barrier at Edwards Air Force Base in 1947.
Einstein received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.
8. Nobel Prize
9. Thomas Edison Patents
No one has received more U.S. patents than Thomas Edison. He got 1,093 patents to be exact.
10. Morse Code
On December 12, 1901, a radio transmission of the Morse code letter ‘S’ was broadcasted from Poldhu, Cornwall, England, using equipment built by John Ambrose Fleming.
11. Telephone Call
Did you know that one third of the world population has never made a telephone call?
12. Samuael Morse
The inventor of the Morse code, Samuel Morse, was a painter. One of his portraits is of the first governor of Arkansas and the painting hangs in the governor’s mansion of that state.
13. Earth Circumference
The earth’s circumference is about 25,000 miles. Its surface area is about 200,000,000 square miles and it weighs 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.
The Ericsson Company first produced cellular phones in 1979.
15. Japanese Word Processor
The first Japanese-language word processor was developed in Tokyo between the years 1971 and 1978.
16. Video Games
Asteroids and Lunar Lander in 1980 were the first two video games copyrighted in the U.S.
17. Internet Growth
The Internet is the fastest-growing communications tool ever. It took radio broadcasters 38 years to reach an audience of 50 million, television 13 years, and the Internet just 4 years.
The first laser was made in California in 1960.
Tim Berners-Lee coined the phrase “World Wide Web” in 1990.
20. Arc Converter
Valdemar Poulsen, a Danish engineer, invented an arc converter as a generator of continuous-wave radio signals in 1902.