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Now That’s Rocket Science: An Interview with JPL’s Steve Collins

A couple weeks ago, I promised a couple interviews with members of the JPL Curiosity Rover team. Today we start with attitude control engineer Steve Collins, who’s been working for NASA for the last 20 years, starting with the failed Mars Observer orbiter, launched in 1992. Since that time, JPL has been responsible for numerous [...]

9 More 2012 Presidential Candidates

The third party presidential candidates we told you about a couple of weeks ago were only the top of the list of those running for president in 2012. There are plenty more, but as you go down the list, information becomes harder to find. Here are a few that are either on the ballot somewhere [...]

18 Vintage Photos From Prohibition

Americans are fascinated by prohibition, as evidenced by the success of shows like Boardwalk Empire and the many movies based on Al Capone. But for all the discussions and reenactments of the period, it’s still rare to actually look back on photos from the period. Here are a few scenes from the fight against alcohol, [...]

No Thanks: Why Denver Turned Down the 1976 Olympics

Successfully snagging hosting duties for the Olympic Games is one of the toughest things a city can do. Here in Chicago, we just spent nearly $50 million on our bid for the 2016 Summer Games, and even that eight-figure budget couldn’t grab the rings. Of course, that $50 million pales in comparison to [...]

Surgery Turns Woman’s Eye into a Telescope

Doris Ekblad-Olson, 82, of Colorado is the first person to receive CentraSight, an experimental optical implant: Ekblad-Olson suffers from “wet” macular degeneration, an end-stage form of the common, chronic disease, where blood vessels are leaking and destroying central vision. “I can’t see the faces of the people across the table from me,” she said. “I can’t see [...]

5 Adult-Friendly Food Fights Around the World

1. The Battle of Oranges Photo from the 2007 Battle of Oranges by Flickr user Giò-S.p.o.t.s. Each February at the Carnival of Ivrea in Italy, citizens commemorate the people’s uprising against the tyrannical Raineri di Biandrate with an epic food fight. As the story goes, Biandrate gave himself the right to sleep with any bride on her wedding [...]

12 Athletes Injured During Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums often lead to ejections, suspensions, and fines. But these 12 athletes went the extra mile and actually physically hurt themselves, too. DAVID POKRESS/MCT/Landov 1. Amar’e Stoudemire When New York Knicks’ big man Amar’e Stoudemire punched a glass case housing a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 playoff loss against the Miami Heat, he needed 15 stitches [...]

There’s a Bank Robber in One of 19 Cars in the Intersection: What Would You Do?

There’s a bank robber in one of 19 cars at an intersection in Aurora, Colorado. Problem was, the police didn’t know exactly which car. So they did something a bit unusual: Police said they had [...]

The 12 Times NHL Goalies Scored Goals Themselves

ADAM HUNGER/Reuters/Landov New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who has helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals, is part of an exclusive club. Brodeur is one of 10 goalies who has scored a goal in an NHL game and one of two goalies who has scored twice. Here’s the complete list. 1. Billy Smith, 1979 Smith, [...]

Woman Fired For “Living in Sin”

Could you lose your job because you’re "living in sin" with your boyfriend? That’s what Ashlie Simpson, 31, of Colorado, claimed. She said that her employer Colorado Christian University fired her because of her lifestyle: "I was shocked to learn that CCU was [...]