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&prologue=This file was originally created by Team 3G.I.E (08-2) Fall '03. We added the links to the citation page.
&televisionOutputText=Mechanical, Electrical, Computer
Scottish inventor John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in 1926 in Soho, London. Ten years later there were only 100 TV sets in the world.
Today there are almost a billion TV sets in the world with China having the most TV sets (200 million). Now with HDTV, you personalize what news and programs you watch as well as having a better picture and sound quality.[reference]
&televisionHintText=Something that is used to watch movies.
The United States produces 19 percent of the world's trash.
Chemical engineers work every day to come up with new materials that are recyclable and don't produce as much waste.[reference]
&tableHintText=People like to put lots of objects on it.
The word "pizza" itself appears just before 1000 AD, in the area between Naples and Rome, meaning "pie." However, it was during the 1950s when pizza as we know it today caught on outside the Italian-American community, and quickly spread throughout the U.S
Chemical engineers work everyday to create foods that maintain their taste but have different properties. Among these are fat free cheese, as well as cheese that is lactose free for those allergic to milk.
&pizzaHintText=It is very delicious and comes in a slice.
The first light bulbs lasted a mere 150 hours, and that ten years later, Edison introduced one that lasted 1,200 hours
Today, light bulbs can last up to 6000 hours.
&lampHintText=This object shines light using electricity.
First aquariums were created more than 4500 years ago in Mesopotamia, then later by the Chinese, Japanese and Egyptians among others.
From the design of the tank, to the filters and chemicals used to keep fish alive, engineers work to create better products.
&fishtankHintText=Fish bought from the store eventually stay in this object.
First laptop computer was designed by Adam Osborne in 1981 weighed 24 lbs. and cost less than $2000.
Today, laptop computers weigh as little as 3.6 lbs and are 1-inch thick. Besides having more programs, engineers have designed them to be durable by using titanium to strengthen the covers while maintaining the light weight.
&laptopHintText=It's like a computer, only thin.
More than 45,000 pieces of plastic debris float on every square mile of ocean.
Biotechnologists have created genetically modified (GM) plants that can grow plastic.Conventional plastics are made from oil and do not degrade easily, but the plant plastic is biodegradable. But it is expensive. Petroleum-derived plastic cost about $1 per kg (2,2 lb) but plant plastic would cost $5 per kg (2,2 lb).
&entertainmentCenterHintText=It holds a TV up.
&booksOutputText=Mechanical- printing machines
Gutenberg is often credited as the inventor of the printing press in 1454; however, the Chinese had already invented a printing press in 1040 but later discarding the method.
In America, we buy 57 books per second. Now, there is a new alternative, e-books are electronic books that can be read or heard using a computer and other devices.
&booksHintText= The printing press helped produced this object for many people who never had the chance to read from it.
While the early beds consisted of shallow chests with bedding, water beds have been in existence since 3500 year ago in Persia.
Memory foam mattresses are made up of a material that senses body temperature and weight and adjusts itself accordingly so you can sleep better.
&bedHintText=Many people prefer to sleep on this object when it's time to go to bed.
It is estimated that a plastic container can resist decomposition for as long as 50,000 years.
Chemical engineers create new materials that can decompose faster, are cheap and are safe to the environment.
&nightstandHintText=This object usually sits right next to the bed.
Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, invented the first alarm clock in 1787. It only rang at 4 a.m. because that's what time he got up.
Atomic clocks receive a radio signal from the most accurate clock in the world, the cesium atomic clock, transmitted from the National Institute of Standards in Fort Collins, Colorado. The clock will be accurate to within one second over one million years.
&clockHintText=This object is useful for telling what time it is.
Plasma lamps use plasma at really high temperatures contained in a magnetic field within a glass receptacle. You create different colors within the glass by adjusting the magnetic field and temperature of the plasma.
Walker came up with the basic design in the 1950s while developing a complicated egg timer in England. Another version of the story is that Walker got the idea from a simpler liquid motion lamp he saw in a pub. In any case, Walker was definitely the man who molded this idea into its current form and started it on its way to becoming a popular cultural icon. Walker died in August 2000, at the age of 82.
&lavalampHintText=Very colorful liquids swim in this object.
If you stretched out all the shelves in the New York Public Library, they would extend eighty miles.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
&bookshelfHintText=This is where the hint text for the bookshelf goes
&vcrOutputText=Mechanical, Electrical, Computer
The first VCR, or video cassette recorder, was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano.
Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) are handheld recording devices no bigger than a paperback book. You can watch and record movies, listen to music, or review photos.
&vcrHintText=This object plays video tapes.
In 1991, the Super Nintendo was introduced.
Today, Electrical and Computer engineers work to create better more interactive video games. One such idea is the Phantom by Infinium Labs which will be similar to a computer but you can connect to your TV.
&snesHintText=This is where the hint text for the snes goes
Eyeglasses were invented by the Chinese prior to 1275.
Today, glasses are more durable, light-weight and have coatings to protect eyes from harmful rays. The latest in eyeglass technology includes Flexond, or "memory metal", is a metal that when bent will "remember" its original shape and restore itself.
&glassesHintText=This object helps other people see.
First sheets of paper included tree bark, clay, leather, stone, wood, and other durable materials.
An average American consumes 681-lbs of paper per year. Alternatives to using tree pulp, we now have paper that uses Kenaf, a plant similar to sugarcane.
&paperHintText=Many people write on this object.
The word electricity comes from the Greek word ELECTRON, for amber. The bases of the modern concepts of electricity can be traced to the Greeks, who discovered the fact that certain rocks - lodestone or magnetite - attracted each other.
Electricity doesn't move through a wire but through a field around the wire. Electrical, mechanical, and nuclear engineers are working for alternative ways to produce electricity.
&powerCableHintText=This object plugs into the wall to give power to something else.
In 1904, the first electric outlet was invented by Harvey Hubbell II. Before its invention, any other appliances were difficult to connect to the electricity since the appliances had to be wired directly to the electrical circuits.
Outlets have changed little over the years; however, now companies are looking for ways to connect to the internet through electrical outlets as opposed to phone lines.
&powerOutletHintText=This is where the hint text for the power outlet goes