3 July 1938: Mallard Became the Fastest Steam Locomotive

The record set by the LNER’s Mallard locomotive on 3 July 1938 looks set to remain unbroken well into the future.

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2 July 1900: First Flight of a Zeppelin Airship

On 2 July 1900 the first rigid airship built by Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin flew over Lake Constance in Southern Germany. Although the test was not a complete success, it marked the start of a new era in powered flight.

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13 June 1983: The First Man-made Object to Leave the Solar System

On 13 June 1983 the Pioneer 10 spacecraft flew beyond the orbit of Neptune and so became the first man-made object to leave the solar system. But this was not the only first during its extraordinary mission.

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6 March 1900: Death of Gottlieb Daimler, German Engineer

Gottlieb Daimler was born in Schorndorf, Württemberg on 17 March 1834. He trained as a gunsmith but had a fascination with engineering from an early age. After studying at the Stuttgart Polytechnic Institute he began a career in engineering. Read the full biography page of Gottlieb Daimler.

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Another Seven Useful Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

A few months ago my article Seven Useful WordPress Plugins described the plugins I had found useful for this website. Since then I have been exploring what is possible with the WordPress software and finding ways to squeeze more functionality from it.

For each of the ideas I came up with I found numerous

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Seven Useful Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

There are many blogging sites scattered around the internet, including blogger.com and wordpress.com, which are very useful if all you want to do with them is blog. But, if you want to extend these capabilities, a small investment in a hosting package and a free

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The Future of Industrial Robotics: Penguins

An AquaPenguin in action

For engineers and scientists working in the field of biomimetics the natural world is a source of inspiration. New products are being developed incorporating technology created by mimicking shapes, structures and processes found in living creatures. The buildings, vehicles and products of the future will benefit from millions of years of

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