B-2 Spirit: America's Best Airplane Since the SR-71

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit's inaugural flight. Through its quarter-century of service, the original Stealth Bomber has earned its place among the most elite warbirds in the USAF fleet and remains a vital weapon of the US arsenal to this day. It's a plane that could start—or stop—WWIII… » 7/17/14 11:40am 7/17/14 11:40am

GI Joe Has Been Fighting the War on Cobra for Half a Century Now

GI Joe fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world's first action figure's debut this month. Over those five decades, the GI Joe brand has seen wild swings in its popularity—a barometer of the public's regard for the US military—and undergone numerous design evolutions. » 2/06/14 5:20pm 2/06/14 5:20pm

We Got Our First Close-up Look at Venus 40 Years Ago Today

Venus' perpetually overcast skies had long obscured our view of the planet, making it appear nearly featureless when viewed in the visible light spectrum. But when viewed through Mariner 10's ultraviolet-filtered camera lens, the second planet from the Sun can be seen in unprecedented detail. See what Venus looks like… » 2/05/14 12:15pm 2/05/14 12:15pm

It's Been a Full Decade Since We Landed the Spirit Rover on Mars

On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA's Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionize our understanding of the Red Planet. » 1/04/14 1:00pm 1/04/14 1:00pm

Bill Gates Unveiled Windows 30 Years Ago Today

No matter what you think of Windows 8, it's certain that Windows is both iconic and significant in the evolution of personal computing. It's a series of operating systems, of course, but it's also been a concept, a way of thinking, an influencer, and a touchstone for 30 years since Bill Gates introduced it on November… » 11/10/13 11:38am 11/10/13 11:38am

How a Scottish Physicist Accidentally Invented Color Photography

It's been 150 years since Scottish Physicist James Clerk Maxwell showed off the world's first color photograph at a Royal Institution lecture in London. His discovery is incredible but, technically, it shouldn't have worked. » 5/17/11 6:35pm 5/17/11 6:35pm