polar bear watch

I Guarded an Arctic Base Against Polar Bears at the Frontline of the Apocalypse

The DEW Line was built in the fifties to warn of a nuclear threat. I guarded six workers there from polar bears.
Duncan Ferguson
Dropped Pins

How an Airline Tragedy Brought GPS to the Masses

The Soviet shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983 spurred Ronald Reagan to open the US military’s satellite-based Global Positioning System for civilian use.
Sebastien Roblin
Predicting the future

A Soviet Film Predicted Our Robot Apocalypse—In 1977

‘Polygon’ was practically banned for subversion.
Samuel Bendett

The First Time Humans Crashed a Probe on Mars

On November 27, 1971, Mars 2 became the first human-made object to reach the surface of the Red Planet.
Becky Ferreira
Motherboard Guide to Cinema

‘On the Silver Globe’ Is the Best Sci-Fi Film Never Made

The story of how one of the most stunning sci-fi films ever made was (almost) swallowed by history.
Daniel Oberhaus

The Orbital Handshake That Changed Space History

What do you get when you mix the USA with the USSR in space? The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, of course.
Becky Ferreira
Motherboard Blog

These Historic Space Snapshots Are Like Instagram In Orbit

Out of this world.
Daniel Stuckey
Motherboard Blog

Why the U.S. Is Building a High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab in Kazakhstan

Studying bioweapons in a former Soviet nation.
Motherboard Blog

Scud Missiles Really Suck

To rout the forces that are striving to close his chapter of Syrian history, Assad is now digging into his pile of scud misssiles and firing a few of them at rebels.
Daniel Stuckey
Motherboard Blog

There Was No Escape from the Sketchiest, Most Cramped Soviet Spaceflight

The Soviet Voskhod spacecraft was a hollowed out Vostok with almost no safety provisions. And it worked.
Amy Shira Teitel
Motherboard Blog

Soviet Scientists Made This Two-Headed Dog

You’re looking at the horror film-esque result of an early transplant procedure by Soviet scientist Vladimir Demikhov. It’s more like a one-and-a-half dog. Demikhov grafted the head and forelegs of a smaller dog, Shavka onto a bigger dog, Brodyaga.
Brian Merchant
Motherboard Blog

Adrenaline Junkies Look to the Moon for Great New Fix

Do you want adventure in your vacations? Are you willing to go the extra mile to visit a place you’ll never forget? Then "Excalibur Almaz": has the perfect trip for you: a 500,000 mile, sightseeing round-trip tour of the...
Amy Shira Teitel