It's said that history is written by the victors. But at the same time, those victors often end up mythologizing the brave, failed losers that came before them. According to National Geographic Magazine, our fascination with failed explorers isn't just about scaring ourselves silly with stories of ice-encrusted tombs…
When buildings fail, they fail spectacularly—and often, tragically. But failed structures also serve an important purpose: To teach engineering and architecture students what not to do.
Last night, the Wall Street Journal took its new mobile site live, supposedly specially formatted to look good and work on iOS devices. Except, erm, this is what it looks like on an iPad Mini:
The first real Kickstarter success story, Diaspora, was a new social network born out of frustration with Facebook's privacy policies. It surpassed its modest funding goal of $10,000, eventually raking in over $200,000, and then... nothing.
More than most other fields, technology prides itself on being a hotbed of innovation. It's easy to forget, though, that innovation is messy, and for every iPod, there are a few dozen portable, wrist-mounted 8-track players. Here are ten failed gadgets that were unabashedly crazy.
Ladies and gentlemen, these are our ancestor's Billy Mays infomercial products. Judge them lightly, but laugh heartily, for in 50 years' time our great grandkids will laugh openly at our version of the Beating Breast baby sleeping aide.
For the second time this year an India Space Research Organizations (ISRO) rocket has failed spectacularly mere moments after launch. This most recent failure, captured for all time in this image, occurred 47 seconds after liftoff on Christmas Day.
I'm baffled. How a phone that is both a writing utensil and a device for making calls to other humans—humans who might also be writing with their pen phones when I call upon them—could fail is beyond me.
The headline takes certain exaggerated liberties, sure, I admit that, but nevertheless today marks the second time in two months that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been delayed due to structural failures during the testing process.