The TV-Guided Drones of World War II

Drones were quite primitive during World War II, compared with the unmanned aerial vehicles we know today. They were most commonly used as target practice for the Navy and rarely had offensive capabilities. But a few of these experimental planes were outfitted with some incredibly futuristic tech that would help pave… » 4/07/14 6:14pm 4/07/14 6:14pm

These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities In the Past and Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, row houses are torn down, neighborhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in and of themselves, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing. » 4/01/14 9:00am 4/01/14 9:00am

Holy crap, seeing World War II air combat footage in color is just nuts

Wow. This incredible video of aerial combat in World War II has it all. And all of it is terrifying. From dog fights and kamikaze attacks to flak fire and carpet bombing to explosions and aerial combat, it captures the frantic frenzy of aerial warfare during WWII. It's better than any movie because it actually… » 2/24/14 9:36pm 2/24/14 9:36pm

Bucky Fuller’s Forgotten WWII Shelters Rediscovered In New Jersey

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Deployment Unit—an emergency shelter developed during WWII—isn't his most well-known work. In fact, for years, it's been unclear if any DDUs still existed. But this week, The New York Times tells the story of a handful of shelters that have resurfaced, after being abandoned on an army base … » 1/02/14 6:03pm 1/02/14 6:03pm

The definitive collection of secret Nazi weapons

Underwater missiles that could have hit New York, jet-powered bombers that were nearly impossible to intercept, sub-orbital bombers, vertical launch rocket fighters, or infrared visors are just a few of many in this definitive collection of incredible Nazi weapons. Be happy that those bastards never got to mass produce … » 12/18/13 3:30pm 12/18/13 3:30pm

Being a Courier For The Manhattan Project Sounded Like An Awful Job

What would you do if your boss handed you a mysterious box and said that if anything weird started happening with it, to just ditch the thing and run as fast as you can? Well that's exactly what happened to a poor courier working for the Manhattan Project back in the 1940s — a courier who, as it turns out, was probably … » 10/23/13 7:12pm 10/23/13 7:12pm

How a 1940s’ Hollywood Star Helped Make Wireless Technologies Possible

Did an exotic actress from Vienna, considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the 1940s, really invent wireless? Not exactly, but the non-sensationalized facts of the matter are no less fascinating, involving Hollywood, the World War II Axis Powers, and remote control technology. » 9/18/13 7:35am 9/18/13 7:35am

This Family Lived Isolated for 40 Years and Never Even Heard of World…

You've probably heard stories of Japanese soldiers who, stranded on some remote island in the Pacific, thought the war never ended. But the Lykovs' story is even more outlandish than that. Karp Lykov and his family never even heard of World War II—its beginning or its end. Nothing at all. In fact, they lived in the… » 1/29/13 7:40pm 1/29/13 7:40pm