Technology Trivia Quiz
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To whom was the first patent for a technical invention awarded?
B) Filippo Brunelleschi, architect and engineer
C) Leonardo da Vinci, artist and inventor
D) Sir Christopher Wren, architect and scientist
Farewell to change
The first coin-operated vending machine dates from at least the first century BC. What product did the machine dispense?
No success like failure
In 1856, English chemist William Perkin, hoping to improve the treatment of malaria, tried to synthesize quinine in his home laboratory. Although the effort failed, he managed to create quite a different product instead. What was it?
B) The first food preservative
C) The first synthetic dye
D) The first transparent plastic
More by Bell
Alexander Graham Bell is best known for inventing the telephone, but he was a man of many interests. Another product for which he received patents was:
“Misch metal” a substance that ignites when scratched, is widely used in the manufacture of what commonplace object?
Celebrating a pioneer
In 1932, Carlton Cole Magee of the United States invented what was to become a familiar emblem of modern civilization. What was it?
The Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha company was founded in Japan in 1934. Today, under the more compact name YKK Co., it is known as the world-leading manufacturer of which everyday product?
Better living through science
In the 1960s, U.S. chemist Norman Stingley combined two substances — butadiene and sulphur — under heat and pressure to produce the material that made possible what well-known product?
The science of detection
In 1996, the Quadro QRS 250G Tracker was brought to market. Its ability to detect substances such as drugs made it instantly popular with police forces and schools. However, the device is no longer on the market, because it…
B) Had no active components and did not work at all
C) Made occasional errors that led to costly lawsuits
D) Was a direct copy of a device patented by a French school-teacher
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