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Of Human Interest: News-lite

TABLOID UNLEASHES ?ANGER? ON THE WEB The Weekly World News tabloid -- known for its outrageous cover stories about UFOs, genetic freaks and other strange occurrences -- has taken a simple approach to drumming up more readers for its print product.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Gizmorama: Life in the tech age

INVENTION It was simply the thing to do. Victorian gentlemen invented and tinkered in science.
WES STEWART, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2002 with 338 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Jan. 27. Three American astronauts -- ?Gus? Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee -- died when fire broke out aboard the Apollo-1 spacecraft during a launch simulation at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on this date in 1967.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Jan. 21.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 31, the 365th and last day of 2001.
By United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Dec. 31.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Dec. 31.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

STARS LINE UP FOR LENO SHOW FOR U.S TROOPS
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

CRITICS' CHOICE AWARD NOMINATIONS
By United Press International

People

HEPBURN IS PARTYGOING 'LADY IN RED'
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

A Blast From The Past

Today is Nov. 29.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2001 with 32 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Nov. 26.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison was granted a patent for an electric incandescent lamp. This photo show the first commercially used Edison lamp (UPI/Files)
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Edison as he appears at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" (now Edison, New Jersey) by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Edison is the third most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Manhattan Island, New York.

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