Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centerpiece of a real-life mad scientist’s laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts,…
We’re all familiar with Nikola Tesla and his brilliant work helping to invent the electric technologies that we live with today. But did you know that there’s a guy named Thomas Edison who also helped invent some of that tech? If you didn’t, you should check out the new trailer for the upcoming movie, The Current War.
Nikola Tesla was both of his time and ahead of it (he has a car company named after him, after all). Besides his contributions to altnerating current electrical systems, the inventor predicted smartphones, television, and apparently drones, which he thought could cause humanity’s destruction.
Everybody knows that Nikola Tesla was a genius. But with all the attention being paid to Tesla here in the 21st century, many kids today must wonder what happened to his rival, Thomas Edison. Well, soon everybody will have a chance to tinker with technology history by putting their (fake) money behind inventors like…
We might complain that it's 2015 and we're still waiting on our hoverboards. But if Nikola Tesla were alive today, he'd probably wonder where the hell our fuel-free, super fast airplanes were. And who could blame him? Fuel-free planes aside, he actually predicted a lot of 21st century technologies quite accurately.
Nikola Tesla is celebrated as a genius who had an amazing ability to envision the future. He predicted cellphones, television, and even elements of the internet long before any of these things existed. But he also had some weird ideas about the social issues of tomorrow. Which is why he’s become an unlikely hero in…
Nikola Tesla was a legendary futurist before the term futurist even existed. He made all kinds of predictions about the way that world would and should operate — some of them accurate, and some of them controversial. And guess what? It's his birthday!
Welcome to the Paleofuture Book Club, where we discuss the coolest books about retro-futures and the history of technology! Today we're talking about Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson. The book is, of course, about the late inventor Nikola Tesla and we have the author joining us to take your…
Join us tomorrow at 2pm EST to chat about the fantastic book, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson. The author will even be there to take your questions!
Nikola Tesla's ghostly face isn't the most significant part of this photograph. It's the light—emitted by a fluorescent light bulb of Tesla's own invention. It was taken in 1894, decades before fluorescent lights came into popular use.
This is just a quick reminder that there's still plenty of time to pick up a copy of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. We'll be discussing the book with author W. Bernard Carlson on April 23, 2014. See you there!
Welcome to the Paleofuture Book Club, a new experiment where we'll be discussing the coolest books about old futures and the history of technology.
Former Fox News TV personality Glenn Beck is really sick of talking about politics. So what rustles his jimmies these days? The mythologized feud between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Beck even has a movie in production about Edison that he hopes will "expose the truth" about this "bad man."
Did Nikola Tesla actually work as a swimming instructor? What's the deal with that famous photo of Albert Einstein and his therapist? Did they actually make radiation-aged bourbon back in the 1960s? Nope!
Gizmodo's "Best Books of 2013" list has just been posted and includes three contributions from your humble blogger of all things retrofuture. Included on my list is the new Nikola Tesla biography by W. Bernard Carlson. It really is the best Tesla biography ever written and avoids the hero worship that has…
Our weekly round-up of time capsule news includes a group of kids in Ohio who sealed an Xbox into a capsule, the tragic story of a recently unearthed time capsule from 2003 that didn't fare too well, and a new Tesla monument in Silicon Valley that includes some predictions for the world of 2043.
There's a lot to love about USB. The plugs are small and convenient. The cable can carry both power and data. Plus, USB is, well, universal. This is why USB is considered by some to be the future of electricity. Smart grids, more convenient storage, solar power—according to a new Economist report it's all easier with…
There is no doubt that Nikola Tesla was a brilliant inventor, but he has also become the go-to historical mad scientist for science fiction writers. I worry that he—and his name–are popping up in fiction a bit too much.
Tomislav Nikolic is on a campaign. One, he wants the world to know that scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla was awesome. And two, he wants the world to know that Tesla was Serbian. The first part's so far been a breeze. The second part, however, is taking a bit more work.