This is an online edition of the classic technical reference Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements by Henry T. Brown. You can learn all the original illustrations and text from the 21st edition of the book, published in 1908. It also includes animated versions of the illustrations, and occasional notes by the webmaster. Embracing all those which are most important in dynamics, hydraulics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, steam engines, mill and other gearing, presses, horology, and miscellaneous machinery. And including many movements never before published and several which have only come into use by Henry T.Brown.


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Fireworks Designed For Daytime Viewing

Who: Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang
What: Explosion event
Where: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar.
How: Utilizing microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible designs and patterns. Each set of explosions was calculated to paint a different picture. One series of explosions created black smoke clouds that looked like “drops of ink splattered across the sky.”



Camera-Stabilizing Technology Used In Spoon For Parkinson’s Patients

Who: Calico is an independent R&D biotech company established in 2013 by Google Inc.
What: Camera stabilizing tech used in spoon
Where: 1180 Veterans Blvd, South San Francisco, California, United States
How: The Liftware stabilizing handle built in sensors that detect hand motion and a small onboard computer that distinguishes unwanted hand tremor from the intended movement of the hand. To counteract any tremor and stabilize the utensil, the computer directs two motors in the handle to move the utensil attachment in the opposite direction of any detected tremor. Clinical studies have shown that the Liftware utensil reduces shake on average by 70%, so you can worry less about spilling and enjoy your meal.



LEGO Robot breaks the Rubik’s Cube World Record

Who: Mike Dobson and David Gilday
What: Robot, made out of LEGO, beats the Rubik’s Cube World Record
Where: Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK
How: The robot employs an ARM-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa application processor to analyze the cube and instruct four robotic hands to do the manipulations. ARM9™ processors also power the eight LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 bricks which perform the motor sequencing and control.

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Hi Readers, do you know what Mr.Newton wrote about in his first published scientific paper? Let’s discover his big idea back to February 19, 1671.

The content of his first paper started with: A letter of Mr.Issac Newton, Mathematics Professor in the University of Cambridge; containing his New Theory about Light and Colors: Where Light is declared to be not Similar or Homogeneal, but consisting of difform rays, some of which are more refrangible than others: And Colors are affirmed to be not qualifications of Light, derived from Refractions of natural Bodies, (as ’tis generally believed;) but Original and Connate Properties, which in divers rays are divers: Where several Observations and Experiments are alledged to prove the said Theory.

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Issac Newton’s Phenomena of ColoursImage Credit: The Royal Society


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This paper was proudly published by The Royal Society – world’s oldest scientific publisher. The good news is, The Royal Society has its world-famous historical journal archive – which includes the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal – has been made permanently free to access online. Treasures in the archive include Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, geological work by a young Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated account of his electrical kite experiment.  And nestling amongst these illustrious papers, readers willing to delve a little deeper into the archive may find some undiscovered gems from the dawn of the scientific revolution – including accounts of monstrous calves, grisly tales of students being struck by lightning, and early experiments on to how to cool drinks “without the Help of Snow, Ice, Haile, Wind or Niter, and That at Any Time of the Year.”

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