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The Chinese chariot that always points south, the first person killed by a robot, the invisible code produced by all modern printers and photocopiers, and the helicopter which flew 12 kilometres up… and then stopped.

Laurent ERRERA from L’Union, France [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1972 a helicopter set a new altitude record: 12,442 metres. At the peak of that flight, the engine stopped and would not restart.

Modern colour printers and photocopiers add a secret near-invisible code to identify the documents they produce.

Jiuguang Wang from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1979, Robert Williams became the first person in history to be killed by a robot.

The south-pointing chariot always points south, and it does so without the aid of magnets.

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