Automotive airbag inflation occurs only milliseconds after crash sensors detect a collision. The airbag's cushioning effectively prevents direct human impact with dangerous vehicular surfaces and reduces the deceleration passengers experience as they come to a stop. While airbags were initially viewed as an alternative to seatbelts, they are now understood to offer greater protection when used in conjunction with other automotive safety methods. What injuries may result from airbag deployment?
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Back in the day
The Battle of Britain was the first major German failure in WWII. The Royal Air Force (RAF), outgunned and outmanned, defeated the German Luftwaffe and thwarted Hitler's plan for an amphibious invasion, which he had hoped would put a quick end to the war. The event was not only a testament to the courage of British pilots, but it also marked the first time a major battle was fought entirely in the air. What technology was used for the first time during this battle?
Born on a day like today
Chiang Kai-shek was an influential Chinese Nationalist leader of the 20th century. During the Chinese Civil War of 1927-1949, he led the conservative Kuomintang (KMT) party in an attempt to eradicate the Chinese Communists. He ultimately failed, and his government was forced to retreat to Taiwan, where he continued serving as the President of the Republic of China and Director-General of the KMT for the remainder of his life. He used several names throughout his life; what were they?