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Thomas Edison’s Eccentric Job Interview Questions — A Cheat Sheet

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS Thomas Edison had an encyclopedic memory, and by the early 1920s, he had become increasingly frustrated by the fact that college graduates applying to work for him didn’t have a wealth of knowledge comparable to his own. To test the mental mettle of incoming job seekers, he administered to each a series of [...]

How Military Operations Get Their Code Names

© Hannibal Hanschke/dpa/Corbis Last month the world watched rebel forces pour into Tripoli under the banner of Operation Mermaid Dawn. While watching the news, I was struck by a curiosity many of you might have shared: just where exactly do these names come from? It’s a relatively new practice, actually—less than a hundred years old. The Germans [...]

Juno photographs the "pale blue dot"

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has taken a photograph of the Earth from six million miles away. The team behind Juno took the picture to help test its systems…

LEGO Minifigs In Space

A collaboration between NASA and LEGO means that when the Juno probe took off Friday on its journey to Jupiter, there were three special LEGO minfigs aboard. The figures, milled from aluminum, will accompany Juno on its five-year trip to Jupiter. When Juno arrives in 2016, the Lego likeness of the Roman god, Jupiter, his sister, [...]

NASA probe to peer through Jupiter’s clouds

NASA’s new Juno spacecraft is set to begin a five year voyage to Jupiter later this week. Juno will study the gas giant in detail and will peer throug…

Juno solar panels complete testing

The solar panels that will power the Juno spacecraft on its trip to Jupiter have completed their testing. The solar panels which are each the size of …