World’s Strangest

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Operation Christmas Drop

(YouTube link) The people of Micronesia live on small, isolated islands, with little traffic and few modern amenities. The U.S. Air Force has delivered Christmas through Operation Christmas Drop for 60 years now. It’s an assignment every Airman wants. This large-scale humanitarian mission had relatively humble beginnings. According to the 36th Wing historian, the exact origin of [...]

The Danger of a Solar Storm

A rather large solar flare occurred on February 14th, which signals the beginning of cycle of flares that will reach its peak, called a solar maximum, in about two years. How bad can they get? The worst solar flare on record occurred in 1859 and was named the Carrington Event, after the scientist who studied [...]

Power of Decision

(YouTube link) Power of Decision is a short film obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This four-minute preview is only a part of the 12-minute video you can watch at the link. Washington, D.C., February 19, 2011 – “The Power of Decision” may be the first (and perhaps the only) U.S. government film [...]

How Lasers Can Protect You From Pirates

by David DiSalvo In the battle to control the high seas, there’s a new ray of light—the modern laser. In 1918, as the Great War was nearing its end, eccentric genius Nikola Tesla announced that he’d successfully harnessed the power of focused, amplified light. With the new technology, he planned to invent a death ray, capable of [...]

50 Years of Highway Safety – Happy Anniversary!

In September 1959 a group of insurance companies in the U.S. got together and formed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Their mission: “to conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property from the hazards of highway accidents.” They appointed Dr. William Haddon Jr. as their [...]