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Where Does the Word Robot Come From?

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Petyl asks: Where does the word robot come from? The word robot was coined by artist Josef Čapek, the brother of famed Czechoslovakian author Karel Čapek. Karel  Čapek was, among other things, a science fiction author before there was something officially known as science fiction, in subject matter along the same vein as George Orwell. He introduced the word in […]

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Why are There No B Batteries?

Christine asks:  Where are all the B batteries?  There’s A’s (AA and AAA), no B, then C, and then D.  Why did they skip a letter? There actually are B batteries, but they aren’t something you’ll usually see stocked at most stores any longer.  Since the invention of the battery, there have been a pretty amazingly diverse number of battery […]

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