Friday, October 19, 2012

Crowd-Funding Saves Tesla Electricity Lab

Tesla, aged 37, 1893, photo by Napoleon Sarony
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Crowd-funding has saved the Long Island laboratory of eccentric scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla. $1.3 million was raised by the web site, "The Oatmeal," which will allow Tesla's laboratory to be transformed into a Tesla museum.

Nikola Tesla, who may have been the true inventor of radio, radio astronomy, radar, and x-rays, with George Westinghouse beat Thomas Edison in the "current wars." While Edison promoted direct current (DC) as the best way to transmit electricity over wires, Tesla and Pittsburgh's Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company successfully showed that alternating current (AC) was the most efficient way to transmit electricity, as it is transmitted to this day.

Tesla is probably best known for his 1891 invention of the Tesla Coil, which produces "man-made lightning." People are amazed when they have viewed a large Tesla Coil operated in museums, such as Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (this Tesla Coil is now operated at The Carnegie Science Center).

The Oatmeal Cartoon - Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.
(Source: Web Site The Oatmeal)
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TESLA MUSEUM: ‘The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman on his latest successful Indiegogo campaign

(Source: The Washington Post)

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How One Guy Raised $1.3 Million for a Tesla Museum - Audio Interview

(Sources: Science Friday, National Public Radio)

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Biography: Nikola Tesla (Source: )
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Information & Photos: Buhl Planetarium Tesla Coil
(Source: Friends of the Zeiss)
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Daredevils Test Tesla Coil, Supersonic Skydiving (2012 Oct. 6)

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(2012 May 15)

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Author of History Web Sites on the Internet --
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* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries:
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