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Thumbnail of video. This Week in History: On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr patented an invention that used player piano parts to help the military switch radio frequencies and avoid jammed signals, a breakthrough that became the basis for Wi-Fi. Steve Benson remains amazed by how incredible and unlikely an event like this was.
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Thumbnail of video. This Week in History: On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr patented an invention that used player piano parts to help the military switch radio frequencies and avoid jammed signals, a breakthrough that became the basis for Wi-Fi. Steve Benson remains amazed by how incredible and unlikely an event like this was.

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A girl types on a laptop.
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A girl types on a laptop.

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Ilana Goldberg's phone.
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Ilana Goldberg's phone.

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Girl Playing Pac-Man

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A young girl, pictured from behind, plays Pac-Man on the screen in front of her.
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A young girl, pictured from behind, plays Pac-Man on the screen in front of her.

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Hailed by director Max Reinhart as “the most beautiful woman in Europe,” actress Hedy Lamarr also patented what would become a key component of wireless technology.

Hedy Lamarr

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Hedy Lamarr.

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Hedy Lamarr.

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