Nikola Tesla's 1898 Drone That Could've Stopped All Wars

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Nikola Tesla's 1898 Drone That Could've Stopped All Wars

Though they've just recently become available to consumers, drones are not a new innovation. In fact, inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla invented one in his lifetime. Tesla patented his drone near the turn of the century and believed the potential for these "killer robots" was immense and meaningful. He believed his device had such potential for death and destruction that it would stop all wars through mutually assured annihilation. His patent for "Method of and apparatus for controlling mechanism of moving vessels or vehicles" was granted November 8, 1898. Tesla was ahead of the curve on his invention for another reason too: it's wireless. This is directly from Tesla's 1898 patent: "In a broad sense, then, my invention differs from all of those systems which provide for the control of the mechanism carried by a moving object and governing its motion in that I require no intermediate wires, cables, or other form of electrical or mechanical connection with the object save the natural modia in space. I accomplish, nevertheless, similar results and in a much more practicable manner by producing waves, impulses, or radiations which are received through the earth, water, or atmosphere by suitable apparatus' on the moving body and cause the desired actions so long as the body remains within the active region or effective range of such on currents, waves, impulses, or radiations." Watch the video below to learn about ten of Tesla's greatest inventions.

Did The U.S. Steal Nikola Tesla's Research?

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Did The U.S. Steal Nikola Tesla's Research?

Nikola Tesla, born July 10, 1856 in present-day Croatia, is most well-known for his contribution to the alternating current system of electricity distribution used today. However, many conspiracy theorists believe Tesla had other futuristic inventions already worked out. Right before he died in 1943, rumors spread that Tesla perfected an otherworldly powerful weapon, the "death beam." It is also believed that Tesla had figured out how to provide free energy worldwide, accessible by anyone on Earth who stuck a stake in the ground. Conspiracy theorists believe that this research has been deliberately hidden, since free worldwide energy would leave the pockets of huge energy companies completely dry. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Do You Believe The Legend Of The Black Knight Satellite?

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Do You Believe The Legend Of The Black Knight Satellite?

Is an ancient alien satellite orbiting the Earth? That's the question conspiracy theorists ask in reference to the Black Knight Satellite legend. According to the story, Nikola Tesla picked up radio signals in 1899 that he believed were from an intelligent source in space. HAM radio operators received the signals as well. American newspapers ran the story in the 1960s when questions arose again about the mysterious signals. A dark object was photographed in the 1990s that people believed was the source of the signals Tesla received. Logical explanations for the sights and sounds have since been reached.

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Key Facts to Know

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    As of 2008, the U.S. Air Force estimated that about 10,000 known objects orbit Earth. 0:46

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    Nikola Tesla and HAM radio operators allegedly picked up radio signals in 1899 he believed were from an intelligent source in space. 1:14

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    The X-37B orbital test vehicle is an unmanned shuttle whose missions remain classified. 3:19

Tesla's Army-Destroying "Death Beam"

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Tesla's Army-Destroying "Death Beam"

Tesla's hypothetical "death beam" was called Teleforce, and he envisioned it as a charged particle beam projector. Though he claimed it would have the power to take down entire armies, he hoped that dispensing it worldwide would lead to a global stalemate, and thus, peace.

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Key Facts to Know

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    Nikola Tesla invented the induction motor at age 24. 0:25

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    By inventing an energy system that used the Earth as a conductor, Tesla hoped to provide everyone with free electricity. 1:45

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    After Tesla's death, the U.S. government took possession of his notes before eventually sending them to Europe. 3:03

Inventor's Week - Nikola Tesla's Inventions

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Inventor's Week - Nikola Tesla's Inventions

The brilliant Nikola Tesla envisioned smart phones and wireless technology in 1901, could perform calculus in his head, and registered more than 300 patents. Tesla was also obsessive compulsive and rarely slept more than two hours. He hated round objects, jewelry and hair, and polished each point of the dining room with exactly 18 napkins before dining. Learn more about the mysterious genius.