The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt van Rijn

Autopsies: Examining the Dead to Understand the Living

April 29, 2011
by Isabel Cowles
The first systematic cadaver observations were probably performed by hunters, butchers and cooks, who dissected animals to find edible organs. Today, doctors and scientists use autopsies to gain greater insight into a human patient’s medical history—often uncovering information that was unavailable or went unrecognized during treatment.
More Innovations
February 19, 2011
For many, the arrival of summer causes eager anticipation of trips to the amusement park. And roller coasters, the staple of the theme park experience, provide the most thrill and excitement. Modern roller coasters are the product centuries of innovation, and have a long history that predates the amusement park.
November 24, 2010
Many of the conveniences we enjoy in our homes are the result of years of innovation by dedicated inventors. Though we take many of them for granted, some—like the refrigerator—have hugely affected the way we live our lives. Who invented the refrigerator, and how has it evolved over time?
November 15, 2010
The development of the modern-day bicycle required centuries of creative thinking and the skills of several different inventors. Years ago, bicycles were not quite so easy or comfortable to ride. FindingDulcinea takes a look back at the evolution of this handy machine, from its clunky beginnings to the sleek models of today.
November 09, 2010
Before you drive off on your next vacation, consider how lucky you are to have a car with features that help prevent death or injury in the event of an accident. FindingDulcinea examines some of the automotive innovations that protect you and your family on the road.
November 02, 2010
For a small handful of astronauts, space is a realm to be experienced firsthand. For the rest of us, we’re left to rely on pictures, news reports and a device that has been bringing people closer to the heavens for centuries: the telescope.
October 26, 2010
Since the time when people used the abacus or slide rule to perform arithmetic, scientists have been looking for easier ways to make calculations. Their task was made considerably easier when Jack Kilby helped spur the invention of the pocket calculator.
October 12, 2010
Housework: it’s not the most exciting part of a person’s day, but fortunately it’s not as hard to accomplish as it used to be. FindingDulcinea examines some of the inventions that have helped make household chores a breeze.
June 29, 2010
19th-century manufacturers sought an artificial material with similar qualities as silk. The first fabric deemed suitable for the task was rayon, which in fact was originally known as “artificial silk.” In its more than 110 years in existence, rayon has gone on to make a statement on fashion runways, highways and operating tables.