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Internal Combustion Engine Patented by Morey

In an internal combustion engine, fuel combusts within a confined space, causing gasses to expand and increase pressure within the chamber. This pressure is, in turn, converted to mechanical power. American inventor Sam Morey's patent for his internal combustion engine helped pave the way for the first car ride in the US, which took place in the late 1820s, and the invention of the modern, gas-powered automobile in the 1890s. What is the difference between a motor and an engine?



The Anatomy Act of 1832

Prior to 1832, only the corpses of executed murderers were allowed to be dissected in the UK, but with the rise of medical science and the scaling back of executions, demand came to outstrip supply. The British Anatomy Act, passed in response to public concern about the illegal trade in corpses, was an act of Parliament that increased the supply of cadavers legally available for medical research and education. In what way did the West Port murders of the late 1820s prompt the act's passage?

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William Manchester

Manchester, an American historian, biographer, and best-selling author, published 18 books during his lifetime. His popular writings have since been translated into 20 languages. He served as a US Marine during World War II, and his wartime experiences formed the basis for Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. Why did Jacqueline Kennedy file a lawsuit to prevent the publication of Manchester's The Death of a President?

Last updated on Wednesday, 1st April 2009

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