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From the early typewriters, the QWERTY keyboard layout has stood the test of time
Has the bicycle had its day, or is it a technology whose best years lie ahead?
Mail order catalogue
How the Montgomery Ward shopping catalogue transformed the middle-class way of life
The humble brick has housed us for thousands of years - will it endure?
How a grid on a computer screen gives us a glimpse of the future of automation
Could recycling save cash, as well as the planet?
Did pornography help develop the internet?
Feeding a hungry world – how Norman Borlaug used genetics to tackle predicted famines
Are we addicted to getting 'likes' on social media?
Is the pencil underrated?
How powerful could the technology behind Bitcoin be?
Have factories made workers' lives better?
How a student engineering challenge has changed the way we use space
An everyday substance with a bloody past
How a disgruntled customer revolutionised the postal service
RFID: The tech you’ve never heard of – but use every day
Radio frequency identification is the foundation of many contactless technologies
Does the story of economics really begin with a spark?
A toxic plant that sheds light on hidden social forces
How important is solar power to the future of the planet?
Can a computer convince you that it's human?
How did the price of oil become so important?
The manufacturing revolution that started with a gun
The surprising lessons lurking under the lid
Interface Message Processor
The big metal box that made the internet possible
How much does it cost to outlaw something?
Why did a machine for making cigarettes transform the advertising industry?
What would happen if GPS stopped working?
How did an invention that was never built help make the modern world?
A vital aid for many, but billions don't know they need them
What does the fashion industry owe to an 18th-century potter?
A system that solved big problems is now facing its greatest challenge
What's the best way to get people to give to charity?
Switching Energy Suppliers
Martin explains how switching energy providers could help you save money on your bills.
What happened to WeWork?
Office-sharing company WeWork has had a tough year, so we ask where things went wrong
Samsung wants more of its devices to made in China
The South Korean technology giant is outsourcing more manufacturing to Chinese companies.
Update: Samsung outsources more to China and a new electric Ford Mustang
Samsung wants to get Chinese companies to make more of its phones to cut costs.