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 10:07pm 7/22/14 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 2:20pm 5/01/14 2:20pm

Yuri's Night, the 53rd Anniversary of Man's First Voyage to Space

On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to enter outer space and orbit our planet. Tonight, science and space fans worldwide celebrate this milestone of human exploration with Yuri's Night. Mika McKinnon tells us more about the man, his voyage, and the ways we honor him today. » 4/12/14 8:00pm 4/12/14 8:00pm

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 8:00pm 2/01/14 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 10:00am 12/21/13 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 1:17am 10/14/13 1:17am

This Is the First Picture Ever Taken From Space—and It Was Taken From a…

This grainy picture was taken on October 24, 1946, almost 14 months after the end of World War II and almost 11 years before the Sputnik launch. It was taken by American military engineers and scientists, using a Nazi rocket launched from the White Sands Missile Range, in New Mexico. » 10/26/12 5:28pm 10/26/12 5:28pm

This Romantic Desktop Adventure Makes the Rest of Us Look Bad

The third anniversary is traditionally reserved for gifts of leather, but Sean Ohlenkamp had a much better idea: an intricate rabbit's hole of desktop folders, filled humor and romance of the non-icky variety. I have but two complaints; this raises the bar too high, and I wanna see what's in the rest of them folders!… » 4/28/11 9:20am 4/28/11 9:20am

Why Everyone Loves Yuri Gagarin, the First Human to Reach Space

It happened when Earth was still in black and white: 50 years ago we stepped outside our home planet for the first time. This is the tale of the beginning of an adventure that hasn't ended yet, the biggest, most dangerous and rewarding quest ever embarked on by the human race—the fascinating story of two men who took… » 4/11/11 11:50pm 4/11/11 11:50pm