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Amazing feats of science and engineering on our doorstep

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 28. October 2009 13:34

Did you know that the steel ribbed umbrella was invented in Derbyshire or that the inventors of the video recorder worked for the Nottingham Electric Valve Company? Neither did until I found a new online map showing where important discoveries were made around the UK. 

These inventors are joined by other East Midlands’ scientists and engineers such as Sir Alec Jeffreys, who discovered DNA fingerprinting in Leicester, Peter Mansfield, who developed the MRI scan in Nottingham and Sir Isaac Newton who lived and worked in Lincolnshire.  

The interactive map has been built to reflect local and national treasures of the vast array of the UK's scientific heritage. 

The public will be able to vote on these leading examples of innovation and discovery and even add their own suggestions of the finest scientific achievements to come out of their locality. 

The national map has been compiled with help from the 70 various science, technology, engineering and maths organisations which support the National Science and Engineering Competition and The Big Bang, UK Young Scientists' and Engineers' Fair. 

http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/doorstep/

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