Histories

Columbus

Forget Columbus, Eratosthenes Disproved the Flat Earth Myth

He even calculated the planet's circumference almost perfectly. In 240 BC.
Michael Byrne
6.19.16
Power

The 22-Minute Rise and Fall of Rocket Mail

In 1959, the US flexed its nuclear muscles by delivering mail by cruise missile.
Michael Byrne
6.8.16
cell phones

Happy Anniversary to the World's First Cell-Phone Call

"I'm calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone."
Michael Byrne
4.3.16
machines

The Rise and Fall of the Java Applet: Creative Coding’s Awkward Little Square

It's easy technology to hate, but the Applet predicted an age of web applications.
Michael Byrne
2.2.16
Music

The Primitive Streetlights That Predicted Electronic Music in 1899

A century ago, 'singing arcs' were going to turn London's nascent power grid into music.
Michael Byrne
12.21.15
News

The Story of Cock.li, the Site Used to Shut Down the LA School District

"The largest email related cock joke on the internet."
Matthew Braga
12.17.15
history

How This Unlucky, Irritable, Disorganized Astronomer Was Thwarted by Uranus

Let’s celebrate Pierre Charles Le Monnier’s 300th birthday by highlighting his biggest blunder.
Becky Ferreira
11.23.15
Histories

The First Nuclear Reactor Lived Under Some Bleachers by a Football Field

Happy birthday to Chicago Pile-1. Rest in peace.
Michael Byrne
11.16.15
history

Happy 200th to George Boole, the Grandfather of Digital Logic

Almost a century before computers, Boole realized the universe can be computed.
Michael Byrne
11.2.15
videos

That Time Canada Blew Up an Underwater Mountain with a Thousand Tons of TNT

Awesome.
Michael Byrne
11.1.15
Halloween

From Zombies to Telepathy: When Science Takes on the Supernatural

Five experiments that just went for it.
Carli Velocci
10.31.15
Cancer

The World’s Largest Clinical Study Is Examining the World’s Oldest Wonderdrug

Can Aspirin fight cancer?
Melissa Cronin
10.26.15