Food of the Future: Just Freeze-Dry It All!

If I had to name one food that defined my childhood it would have to be astronaut ice cream. I can still remember getting it from the gift shop at the Minnesota Science Museum in the late 1980s and thinking that it was absolutely the coolest thing in the world. Look Mom, I'm eating just like an astronaut! » 7/30/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

A Map Of The U.S., If There Had Never Been A Mexican-American War

In 1846, President James Polk, driven by a belief in Manifest Destiny, waged a war to seize land from Mexico and expand the nation's boundary from Texas to California. But events could have plausibly gone very differently, resulting in a map of the U.S. that would be significantly unlike the one we have today. » 7/30/14 11:01am Yesterday 11:01am

Idiocracy Is a Cruel Movie And You Should Be Ashamed For Liking It

Remember that 2006 movie Idiocracy? The one where Luke Wilson plays an average underachiever who wakes up 500 years in the future, only to realize that he's now the smartest person on Earth? And everyone else is dumb — like, really dumb? Well, that movie is cruel and terrible and you should be ashamed for liking it.… » 7/29/14 4:30pm Tuesday 4:30pm

The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia

Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America. American kitchens, American art, American cars, and most especially American capitalism. The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet… » 7/24/14 3:00pm 7/24/14 3:00pm

"The device he would use is called a Picturephone..."

"By this month it should be possible for a New Yorker, a Chicagoan or a Washingtonian to communicate with someone in one of the other cities by televised telephoning. The device he would use is called a Picturephone and is described by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, which developed it, as 'the first… » 7/24/14 11:30am 7/24/14 11:30am

Space Station 76 Pokes Fun at 1970s Futurism

You can almost hear the pitch meeting echoing through the Hollywood Hills: "It's like Anchorman, meets 2001: A Space Odyssey." And frankly, that sounds like a damn good way to spend an hour and a half. So let's hope the upcoming movie Space Station 76 lives up to the completely unfounded expectations I've created for… » 7/22/14 4:30pm 7/22/14 4:30pm

Northrop Once Built Planes That Were Just Giant Wings

After World War II, the future of commercial air travel was supposed to be fantastic. There were promises that planes like Northrop Grumman's flying wing would become the norm for civilian flying. These promises were often made to Baby Boomers — young, impressionable kids of the 1950s and 60s — like in this cutaway… » 7/21/14 6:20pm 7/21/14 6:20pm

Watch NASA's Full TV Broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Right Here

Exactly 45 years ago today, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon. And right now, NASA is replaying the full TV broadcast from that fateful day in real-time. Watch it below—it's just as exhilarating today as it must have been 45 years ago. » 7/21/14 1:24am 7/21/14 1:24am

A Star Trek Phaser TV Remote Is Perfect For Fast Forwarding Enterprise

The only thing more satisfying for Star Trek fans than fast-forwarding through Enterprise's awful opening credits would be doing it with this wonderfully-detailed phaser prop universal remote. Created using 3D scans of the actual hero prop used on the original Star Trek series, the phaser remote will be officially… » 7/15/14 11:53am 7/15/14 11:53am