Category: technology

In a promotional display, a woman operates an …

In a promotional display, a woman operates an IBM 1620 data processing system, circa 1958.

(Calisphere)

“It certainly strikes the beholder with astoni…

“It certainly strikes the beholder with astonishment, to perceive what vast difficulties can be overcome by the pigmy arms of little mortal man, aided by science and directed by superior skill.”

—Henry Tudor, 25 July 1831

December 17, 1903: The Wright brothers make th…

December 17, 1903: The Wright brothers make the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. (New York Public Library)

Inside the firing room at Kennedy Space Center…

Inside the firing room at Kennedy Space Center on the day Apollo 15 began its journey to the Moon, July 26, 1971.

(NASA)

Computer-generated model of the space shuttle, 1993.

Computer-generated model of the space shuttle, 1993.

A Cray super computer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center,…

A Cray super computer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, 1989.

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Intel 4004, a 4-bit central processing…

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Intel 4004, a 4-bit central processing unit (CPU), is introduced to the public on November 15, 1971. (Sources: 1, 2)

Robert Tinney cover art for BYTE magazine, September 1981,…

Robert Tinney cover art for BYTE magazine, September 1981, suggests future computers will be able to read and understand Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

“There are at least two reasons why scientists have an obligation to explain what science is all…”

“There are at least two reasons why scientists have an obligation to explain what science is all about. One is naked self-interest. Much of the funding for science comes from the public, and the public has a right to know how their money is being spent. If we scientists increase the public excitement about science, there is a good chance of having more public supporters. The other is that it’s tremendously exciting to communicate your own excitement to others.”

Carl Sagan

An abandoned gas station and its public facilities.Near Thrall…

An abandoned gas station and its public facilities.

Near Thrall Road outside Ellensburg, WA.