Website of the Week: Smithsonian Lemelson Center Tackles Innovation

How did the United States become a world leaser in all aspects of science and technology?
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Kevlar developer Stephanie Kwolek with a model of a polymer. Photo by Michael Branscom, courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Lemelson Center-MIT Program. Come to think of it, how did the United States become a world leaser in all aspects of science and technology?

As with all subjects natural or American, the Smithonian Institute has some of the answers. And on the website of the Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (founded in 1995 and based in the National Museum of American History), you can find out.

At invention.smithsonian.org, there are audio and video podcasts from historians of technology. There are web feature-ettes on the development of the electric guitar, and the use of technology in the human body, from peg-legs to high-tech prosthetics, and plenty more

It's an imaginative and inspiring trip through much of what's best about America. And invention.smithsonian.org is the Government Video Website of the Week!

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