1. 18th century instrument to determine the sky’s ‘blueness’ called a Cyanometer: 

The simple device was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt who used the circular array of 53 shaded sections in experiments above the skies over Geneva, Chamonix and Mont Blanc. 

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    18th century instrument to determine the sky’s ‘blueness’ called a Cyanometer: 

    The simple device was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt who used the circular array of 53 shaded sections in experiments above the skies over Geneva, Chamonix and Mont Blanc. 

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  1. Why? Because It’s Thursday: Here are some random and useless — and in some cases downright preposterous — inventions that LIFE has curated from its archives. (And yes, they’re on Tumblr, too) View in High-Res

    Why? Because It’s Thursday: Here are some random and useless — and in some cases downright preposterous — inventions that LIFE has curated from its archives. (And yes, they’re on Tumblr, too)

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