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#190 – Week of October 19, 2012 Yuri Gagarin on BBC TV, July 11 1961 – [very cool interview] The Closest The World Has Come to Nuclear War – [Cold War] Seven-hour Nuclear War Plan – [history, transl.] Doomsday Clock: Five Minutes to Midnight- [fascinating] Modern Gyrocar: C-1 self-balancing electric motorcycle – [concept, video] Inscription on the Statue of Liberty [...]

Space Exploration Superstitions

Photo: James Rickman/Los Alamos National Laboratory Rationality be damned! When it comes to space exploration, not even the world’s most brilliant scientific minds are immune to superstitions. Take, [...]

A Brief and Incomplete History of Launching Animals Into Space

Pretty much ever since humans discovered flight, we’ve been strapping animals into our new devices just to see what would happen. Over the last 330 years or so, we’ve launched dogs, cats, chimps, monkeys, roosters, ducks, spiders, fruit flies, silk worms, ants, bees, moss, turtles, rabbits, jellyfish, amoebae, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, goldfish, and one Enlightment-era [...]

Mars Rover Curiosity in LEGO

Photo: Rogue Bantha/Flickr Tim "Rogue Bantha" Goddard built the Mars Rover "Curiosity" in LEGO in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight and the last shuttle mission. Check out [...]

The Secret Race to the Moon

The following is reprinted from the book Uncle John’s Unsinkable Bathroom Reader. For nearly twenty years after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon in July 1969, the Soviet Union categorically denied having a manned lunar program of its own. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that we began to learn just how close they came to [...]

50th anniversary of the first man in space

50 years ago today cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history when he became the first ever human in space. Limited to a single orbit due to not knowing the …

Russia outlines plan to build moon base

Russia are planning to build a manned outpost on the moon by 2030 and use it to stage a mission to Mars. As the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s his…

9 Strangest Vacations

If a relaxing week at the beach is boring after all these years, there are ways to have the trip that takes the idea of “vacation” to an extreme you’ll never forget! How about a naked vacation? Or one centered around ghosts, or mermaids, or even a vacation in a war zone? They can be [...]