Happy Birthday Ames! Awesome Photos From 75 Years of Aerospace Research

On the 20th of December, 1939, the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded. The facility at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, would later be known as NASA's Ames Research Center after the founding chairman of NACA, Joseph S. Ames—but no one could foresee how iconic… »12/20/14 1:00pm12/20/14 1:00pm

All the most amazing supernovas ever photographed

NASA has revealed spectacular, newly reprocessed images of four of the most amazing supernovas ever captured by a human science instrument—the Crab Nebula (top), Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58—to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra observatory. I decided to go one step further and collect them all. »7/22/14 10:07pm7/22/14 10:07pm

BASIC, the 50-Year-Old Computer Programming Language for Regular People

Computer coding ability has gotten especially hip recently. People who can't code revere it as 21st century sorcery, while those who do it professionally are often driven to fits by it. And it was 50 years ago today, two Dartmouth professors debuted a coding language designed to be easy enough for anyone to use. The… »5/01/14 2:20pm5/01/14 2:20pm

20 Years Ago Today, Dookie Made Pop-Punk the Sound of the '90s

February 1st, 1994, was the date of birth for Green Day's Dookie, a 14-track, sub-40-minute bundle of blistering, hook-heavy joy. In the 20 years that it's been blaring from alternative radio stations, Discmans, and warbling car stereos, it helped define the sound of the 1990s, and it's still steering the music we… »2/01/14 8:00pm2/01/14 8:00pm

The Fascinating Century of the Crossword, the Original Mobile Game

Look around at the people on a train, at a bus stop, or in an airport. Chances are, lots of them are playing some kind of game on their smartphones. But in any crowd, you'll likely see someone poring over a different pocket diversion — the crossword puzzle, still going strong today on its 100th birthday. It's been a… »12/21/13 10:00am12/21/13 10:00am

Fearless Felix Supersonic Space Jump Still Awesome One Year Later

Today is the anniversary of brave Felix Baumgartner's space jump. His heart was racing at 185 beats per minute when he jumped from an altitude of 127,852 feet, then started to spin at 60 revolutions per minute and kept spinning for 13 seconds after jumping, reaching a maximum vertical speed of Mach 1.25. An… »10/14/13 1:17am10/14/13 1:17am