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  • Ampere's Law

    Ampere's Law
    André-Marie Ampère refined the human understanding of magnitism and its relationship with “steady state” electric current.
  • Electromagnet

    When electric current flows it produces an electromagnetic field. To produce a stronger magnetic field Joseph Henry discovered that the more windings of insulated wire around a ferrous metal the strong the induced magnetic field.
  • Electricity Magnetic Relation

    Electricity Magnetic Relation
    Michael Faraday proved that not only can electric current induce magnetism, but that a fluctuating magnetic field can induce current. With this discovery the modern understanding of electricity could lead to systems the uses both magnetism for mechanical action, as well as electrical connection for covering long distances near the speed of light.
  • Electromagnetic Telegraph

    Electromagnetic Telegraph
    Harnessing the understanding of the interrelated coupling between electricity and magnatism Russian Baron Schilling created a electromagnetic telegraph. Carl Friedrich Gause and Wilhelm Weber used the device and fashioned their own code to communicate long distances in Germany.
  • Electric Telegraph

    Electric Telegraph
    Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail developed an alphabet that we know as Morse Code for Morses electrical telegraph. It differed from the one pioneered by Baron Schilling in that it was able to transmit using “poor quality wire.”

    Morse made the first public demonstration of his telegraph by sending a message from the Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot in Baltimore. The famous message was: What hath God wrought (from the Biblical Book of Numbers 23:23: Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!).” Source
  • Telephone (1870)

    Telephone (1870)
    Alexander Graham Bell created the first telephone. This device redefined what it was to have a conversation. Its implications are enumerable.
  • Photophone

    A little know invention of Alexander Grahm Bell’s, the photophone (aka the radiophone) wirelessly using sunlight instead of electric line. The vibrations from the voice vibrated a mirror and oscillated a beam of sunlight accordingly where it was decoded by the process in reverse on the other end.
  • Transistor

    The keystone of all modern technology the transistor was created by Texas Instruments. It uses a semi-conductive material to amplify an electrical signal and act as a “switch” although it has no moving parts. Because of transistors, electronics can be made smaller and smaller.
  • Light-emitting Diode

    Light-emitting Diode
    An led is a semiconductor based light emitting diode. It uses electrons to produce photons. Nick Holonyak Jr., working at General Electric Company is considered the father of led technology.
  • Nickel-hydrogen Battery

    Nickel-hydrogen Battery
    A rechargeable battery, the nickel-hydrogen battery, paved the way for powering nearly all mobile technology.
  • Motorola DynaTAC

    Motorola DynaTAC
    Bob Barnett, former president of Ameritech Mobile Communications placed the first commercial wireless call on a DynaTAC from inside a Chrysler convertible to the grandson of Alexander Graham Bell who was in Germany for the event. The call, made at Soldier Field in Chicago, is considered by many as a major turning point in communications.”
  • Lithium-ion Battery

    Lithium-ion Battery
    The use of lithium made rechargeable batteries lighter and safer than their more metallic counterparts.
  • Motorola MicroTAC

    Motorola MicroTAC
    "“. The phone was released as the "MicroTAC Pocket Cellular Telephone." The MicroTAC introduced an innovative new "flip" design, where the "mouthpiece" folded over the keypad, although the "mouthpiece" was actually located in the base of the phone, along with the ringer.”
  • Nickel-metal Hydride Battery

    Nickel-metal Hydride Battery
    The NiMH was the first rechargeable battery that was deemed to have a depth of discharge acceptable for consumer grade personal electronics.
  • Motorola StarTAC (1996)

    Motorola StarTAC (1996)
    “The Motorola StarTAC is a clamshell mobile phone manufactured by Motorola. It was released on 3 January 1996, being the first ever clamshell/flip mobile phone.”
  • Breakin' the Law

    Breakin' the Law
    “Two months after scientists reported that they had clocked subatomic particles known as neutrinos going faster than the speed of light, to the astonishment and vocal disbelief of most of the world’s physicists, the same group of scientists, known as Opera, said on Friday that it had performed a second experiment that confirmed its first results and eliminated one possible explanation for how the experiment could have gone wrong.”
  • Faster than light travel explained and understood

    10 years into the future: the ability to break the speed of light will be proven.
  • Attempt Faster than Light Communication

    50 years into the future: faster than light (ftl) communication will be attempted.
  • Practical FTL communication

    100 years into the future: interplanetary probes will use ftl communication. (provided nasa stops turning into the environmental protection agency and actually does space stuff)