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In 1960, scientists at Bell Labs were developing button-based telephones which would ultimately replace rotary dialing. They tested hundreds of key layouts before settling on the one still largely in use today.

In 1960, scientists at Bell Labs were developing button-based telephones which would ultimately replace rotary dialing. They tested hundreds of key layouts before settling on the one still largely in use today.


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Ray Bradbury reading his poem “If Only We Had Taller Been”

Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury! So sad we lost you in 2012. To celebrate this amazing writer, here is his poetic ode to exploration.

Bradbury is joined at JPL by Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan.

They were how big?

(A member of the Azhdarchidae family of pterosaurs)

They were how big?

(A member of the Azhdarchidae family of pterosaurs)


On June 3rd, NASA’s SWIFT X-ray telescope detected a massive gamma-ray burst, GRB 130603B.

The burst was caused by the collision of two neutron stars 3.9 billion light years from Earth, and lasted only two-tenths of a second. However the infrared glow left behind by the event suggested the formation of a large amount of heavy metals.

It is thought that most of the heavier elements in the universe were produced during supernova explosions. However, gamma-ray bursts are so energetic, they can produce metals such as gold. 

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has been studying GRB 130603B and believes that it may be evidence that most of the gold in the universe was produced by the collision of neutron stars. Their study is available online.

(Pictured is a visible-light image of neutron star RX J1856.5-3754, the closest neutron star to Earth at a distance of 400 light years. It has a radius of 14 km and a surface temperature of 434,000 degrees Celsius.)

On June 3rd, NASA’s SWIFT X-ray telescope detected a massive gamma-ray burst, GRB 130603B.

The burst was caused by the collision of two neutron stars 3.9 billion light years from Earth, and lasted only two-tenths of a second. However the infrared glow left behind by the event suggested the formation of a large amount of heavy metals.

It is thought that most of the heavier elements in the universe were produced during supernova explosions. However, gamma-ray bursts are so energetic, they can produce metals such as gold.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has been studying GRB 130603B and believes that it may be evidence that most of the gold in the universe was produced by the collision of neutron stars. Their study is available online.

(Pictured is a visible-light image of neutron star RX J1856.5-3754, the closest neutron star to Earth at a distance of 400 light years. It has a radius of 14 km and a surface temperature of 434,000 degrees Celsius.)


It’s not the heat that’ll get you; it’s the humidity.

It’s not the heat that’ll get you; it’s the humidity.


Behold: the Flaming Skull Nebula.

(Otherwise known as planetary nebula Sh2-68)

Behold: the Flaming Skull Nebula.

(Otherwise known as planetary nebula Sh2-68)


Illustrations of early diving apparatus from Abraham Rees Cyclopedia, 1816.

The suit pictured in the bottom-left corner is a very early diving suit made by Karl Heinrich Klingert around 1797. The diving bell shown in the top-left corner was created by Dr. Edmond Halley of comet fame, around 1680.

Illustrations of early diving apparatus from Abraham Rees Cyclopedia, 1816.

The suit pictured in the bottom-left corner is a very early diving suit made by Karl Heinrich Klingert around 1797. The diving bell shown in the top-left corner was created by Dr. Edmond Halley of comet fame, around 1680.


"Made by hand."

The suits for the Apollo missions were all sewn entirely by hand, without the use of traditional sewing tools such as pins and other temporary fasteners for fear that one would be forgotten and left in the suit.


Darrell Romick’s Manned Earth-Satellite Terminal Evolving from Earth-to-Orbit Ferry Rockets  (METEOR) space-station concept, ~1956. Maneuver Carefully…

Darrell Romick’s Manned Earth-Satellite Terminal Evolving from Earth-to-Orbit Ferry Rockets (METEOR) space-station concept, ~1956. Maneuver Carefully…


Eye in the sky

False-colour image of Saturn’s north polar storm; NASA/Cassini.

Eye in the sky

False-colour image of Saturn’s north polar storm; NASA/Cassini.


Solar System sampler, 1811. Via Retronaut.

Solar System sampler, 1811. Via Retronaut.



"Zooids", mirrored macro photographs of living Portugese Man O’ War, by Aaron Ansarov.


"The Distinguished Men of Science of Great Britain Living in the Years 1807-8", published 1862.

"Among those present are Henry Cavendish (1731-1810), discoverer of hydrogen and the decomposition of water; John Dalton (1766-1844), discoverer of atomic theory; Humphry Davy (1778-1844), discoverer of sodium, potassium, barium, and magnesium; William Herschel (1738-1822), discoverer of Uranus; Edward Jenner (1749-1823), creator of the smallpox vaccination; Count Rumford (1753-1814), the American science teacher named Benjamin Thompson, who founded the Royal Institution; and James Watt (1738-1819), inventor of the steam engine."

"The Distinguished Men of Science of Great Britain Living in the Years 1807-8", published 1862.

"Among those present are Henry Cavendish (1731-1810), discoverer of hydrogen and the decomposition of water; John Dalton (1766-1844), discoverer of atomic theory; Humphry Davy (1778-1844), discoverer of sodium, potassium, barium, and magnesium; William Herschel (1738-1822), discoverer of Uranus; Edward Jenner (1749-1823), creator of the smallpox vaccination; Count Rumford (1753-1814), the American science teacher named Benjamin Thompson, who founded the Royal Institution; and James Watt (1738-1819), inventor of the steam engine."



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