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10 Cosas que inventó un mexicano y tú ni enterado

Ser mexicano no siempre es sencillo. Constantemente nos vemos obligados explicarle a los extranjeros por qué no todos usamos sombreros, tenemos bigotes o gritamos “Épale” a la menor provocación, cuando en realidad nuestra huella en el mundo va mucho más allá del guacamole, los tacos o demás estereotipos. Y es que los mexicanos somos cabrones, de eso no hay duda, pero ¿sabías qué tan cabrones? Para que te des una idea, te compartimos 10 inventos por los que el resto del mundo nos debe dar gracias.

La píldora anticonceptiva

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Fuente: Luis Ernesto Miramonets/UNAM

En 1951 en un laboratorio de la Ciudad de México, Luis Ernesto Miramontes, un químico de Nayarit de tan sólo 26 años, junto con Carlo Djerassi, George Rosenkran y Gregory Pincus sintetizaron la noretisterona, el compuesto base de la píldora anticonceptiva. Y, ¿tú qué hacías a los 26?

El flotador de WC

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Fuente: @isladepiratas/Twitter

A mediados del siglo XVIII un sacerdote que también era filósofo y botánico y cartógrafo y periodista, inventó el primer flotador del mundo. Así es, la bolita que hay en tu retrete y que evita que el agua se derrame por todos lados, es producto de la mente de José Antonio Alzate y Ramírez, quien por cierto también inventó el jabón de coco.

Tinta indeleble

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Fuente: @elsoldezacatecas/Twitter

Filiberto Vázquez Dávila, un ingeniero mexicano, creó una tinta que dura más en la piel que cualquier otra, ya que impregna las células directamente. Ahora esta tinta es la base de la democracia, pues es la que se usa en las votaciones políticas para marcar los pulgares de la gente que ha votado.

Pintura Antigraffiti

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Fuente: @111_festivales/Twitter

En el Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada de la UNAM se desarrolló una pintura capaz de remover los colorantes de las pinturas en aerosol.

La Tortilladora Mecánica

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En 1947 Fausto Celorio inventó la primera tortilladora mecánica, sin la cual no podríamos consumir tortillas en las enormes cantidades que lo hacemos.

Mousepad

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Fuente: Mark Doliner/Flickr

Armando Fernández es el responsable del mousepad que todos conocemos y amamos, ya que en 1979 rediseñó un invento parecido con el fin de producirlo de manera masiva y llegar a todos nuestros hogares.

Rifle automático

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Fuente: World Guns

Durante la Revolución Mexicana, Manuel Mondragón creó un rifle más eficiente y de paso, cambió al mundo… para bien o para mal.

La TV a color

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Fuente: @celinatlaxcala/Twitter

Mucho antes de Netflix, la gente tenía que ver sus programas favoritos en una enorme caja de madera y cristal que sólo transmitía imágenes en blanco y negro… Como salvajes. Esto hasta que Guillermo Gonzáles Camarena, inventó el sistema tricromático secuencial de campos, o lo que viene siendo la base para el desarrollo de la TV a colores.

Hélice Anahúac

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Fuente: @VESysMX/Twitter

Juan Guillermo de Villasana patentó una hélice que permitía a los aviones elevarse a mayores alturas en menor tiempo y que revolucionó la industria aeronáutica.

Rascacielos antisísmicos

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Fuente: Felipe Alfonso Castillo Vazquez/Wikimedia

La Torre Mayor en la Ciudad de México, construida en 2003,  fue el primer rascacielos con amortiguadores sísmicos del mundo.

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized the historic role of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Mexico after a former Mexican army chief was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles on drug charges at the request of the DEA.

The former Mexican Defense Minister was arrested by the DEA on drug charges.

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepedas was the secretary of National Defense in the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto from 2012 to 2018. President Lopez Obrador claims that the arrest is proof of corruption from past governments.

President Lopez Obrador used the arrest to criticize the U.S. government and the DEA.

President Lopez Obrador, speaking at a press conference in Oaxaca, claimed that there is a double standard. While Cienfuegos Zepedas has been arrested by the DEA, the president claims U.S. officials have not been held accountable for trafficking arms into Mexico to track them to the cartels. According to the president, Mexican officials are being held at a higher and harsher standard than U.S. officials.

“Why is it that it’s just the people in Mexico who took part in these acts being accused or implicated, and (the DEA) aren’t criticizing themselves, reflecting on the meddling by all these agencies in Mexico,” Lopez Obrador said at the press conference. “They came into the country with complete freedom, they did whatever they wanted.”

The former defense minister’s arrest sent shockwaves through Mexico.

Cienfuegos Zepedas was the first high-ranking Mexican military official to be arrested in the U.S. with drug-related corruption. He was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport and will be facing drug and money-laundering charges. It’s been less than a year since Genaro Garcia Luna was charged with taking bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

President Lopez Obrador wants to protect the military’s reputation.

Lopez Obrador also said he hopes that the armed forces aren’t blamed for this scandal and that Mexico must take care of institutions as important as the Secretary of National Defense. Mexico does not currently have an ongoing investigation of the retired general and will await the result of the U.S. investigation, according to the president of Mexico. 

Cienfuegos Zepedas is due to make a court appearance related to four charges in California on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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