A Custody Battle Is Raging Over the Contents of This 1894 Time Capsule

This past Sunday workers demolishing a former telescope factory in Pittsburgh were surprised to find a 19th century time capsule in the cornerstone. Now the demolition company is claiming that it has every right to keep the capsule — along with the incredibly cool telescope artifacts that they found inside. » 3/26/15 4:45pm Thursday 4:45pm

How Did You Prepare For Y2K?

We live in a world obsessed with the threat of terrorism. But fifteen years ago, the media was in constant hysterics over Y2K, or "the Millennium bug." A real coding error that required many a fix, Y2K also provoked outsize paranoia and survivalist tactics that anticipated the end of the world. What were you up to? » 3/24/15 7:01pm Tuesday 7:01pm

Professor from 1910: White Babies Will Be Extinct by 2015

Have you seen a baby recently? Then consider yourself lucky. They were supposed to be extinct by the year 2015. At least that's according to the first two paragraphs of a newspaper article in the December 31, 1910 edition of the Asheville Citizen in North Carolina. But keep reading the article and you'll notice… » 3/24/15 4:00pm Tuesday 4:00pm

New Board Game Pits Tesla Against Edison, History's Greatest Underdog

Everybody knows that Nikola Tesla was a genius. But with all the attention being paid to Tesla here in the 21st century, many kids today must wonder what happened to his rival, Thomas Edison. Well, soon everybody will have a chance to tinker with technology history by putting their (fake) money behind inventors like… » 3/20/15 2:00pm 3/20/15 2:00pm

Museum Giving Away Back to the Future Car (If Cubs Win World Series)

We're still waiting on many of the futuristic technologies from Back to the Future: Part II. We don't have Marty's hoverboard, Doc's electronic technology that puts you to sleep, or the government's total weather control. But you might have a chance to win Doc Brown's DeLorean — provided the Cubs win the World Series. » 3/18/15 12:00pm 3/18/15 12:00pm

Hear Bucky Fuller Talk About Life, Airplanes, and the Future

There's something jarring about hearing old interviews of legendary futurist Buckminster Fuller. He speaks at a rapid pace, like each word is racing to get out before the next. But both Fuller's style and his self-assuredness make it hard not to get swept up in his unbridled optimism about the future of technology —… » 3/17/15 5:30pm 3/17/15 5:30pm

I Will Literally Eat The Sun If This Flying Car Is Released by 2017

We constantly read that the flying car is just two years away. In fact, we've been hearing this for decades. So who's promising one this week? A little company called AeroMobil, whose CEO made a big splash at South by Southwest with his announcement of a release by 2017. But if the AeroMobil flying car is released… » 3/16/15 4:55pm 3/16/15 4:55pm

Why Is Angela Merkel Always Palling Around With Robots?

Last week we looked at the odd 21st century phenomenon of politicians shaking hands with robots as if they were human. We learned a lot about the potential robot uprising, but we also discovered that one politician in particular always seems to be hanging out with robots: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. » 3/16/15 2:00pm 3/16/15 2:00pm

Is This Film of Women in 'Scandalous' Swimsuits Really From 1898?

There's something about this film that strikes me as strange. According to the film archive company British Pathé, it shows beach bathers in England in 1898. Supposedly, people of the time were scandalized by their "wanton display of bare flesh." But I get the feeling that it's all a big joke. And a more recent one at… » 3/12/15 5:30pm 3/12/15 5:30pm

This Cartoon Perfectly Sums Up the Optimism of 1950s Futurism

The December 28, 1959 issue of Life magazine featured this illustration of life in 1975. It's over the top and cartoonish, of course, but it perfectly sums up all of the techno-optimism that was so prevalent in the late 1950s — the Golden Age of Futurism. » 3/09/15 4:40pm 3/09/15 4:40pm

The High Tech Hotel of 1921 Had an Alarm Clock In Every Room

Today, hotels offer high-tech amenities that just a generation ago would be astounding — RFID key cards, customizable ambiance at the push of a button, and coming soon, humanoid robot concierges. So what started the high-tech hotel craze? It can all be traced back to the 1920s, when Americans started to demand a… » 3/04/15 4:20pm 3/04/15 4:20pm