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Stories by Mike May


A rise in maternity ward deaths led one physician to discover the importance of hand washing

August 1, 2010 — Mike May

Thorny Fence

The invention of barbed wire was a huge commercial success--and the subject of furious legal battles

August 1, 2010 — Mike May

Snap, Crackle, Bang

The ancient Chinese invented fireworks to scare off 10-foot-tall mountain men

August 1, 2010 — Mike May

Origins: Going Back to Where the Story Really Starts

Sometimes we forget where a story really starts. Are electric cars new? Where did malaria start? Who invented spaghetti? Read on, for the surprising origins of many strange and familiar things...

July 28, 2010 — Brendan Borrell, Melinda Wenner Moyer and Mike May

Type It Anywhere

An alumni reunion leads to technology that could banish undersize keypads

December 16, 2002 — Mike May
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