Man Who Claimed to Be The Inventor of the Jetpack Dies

Justin Capra, a Romanian inventor who claimed to have invented the first functional jetpack, died on Monday at the age of 81. Capra used to say that he built his jetpack in 1956, well before Bell Aerosystems' 1961 untethered flights with their rocket belt. The only problem? He was never able to produce any credible… » 1/21/15 7:35pm Wednesday 7:35pm

Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon's founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the… » 1/21/15 10:02am Wednesday 10:02am

Barcode license plates? Try mass traffic surveillance

Back to the Future Part II was a classic '80s movie in part because it was an escape. From the harp plucking and the optimistic-sounding French horn in the first scene, it's obvious that you're going to get a picture of the future that is probably closer to Star Trek than Big Brother. » 1/19/15 12:00pm 1/19/15 12:00pm

There's a Real Robotics Company Called Cyberdyne And Now I'm Scared

Remember the company from the Terminator franchise called Cyberdyne Systems? The same company that builds lethal robots and develops Skynet, the network of computers that eventually tries to destroy all of humanity? Well, there's a real company called Cyberdyne. And they make robotic exoskeletons. Should we be worried? » 1/16/15 6:50pm 1/16/15 6:50pm

Amazon's New Series 'The Man In The High Castle' Is Amazing

What if the Allies had lost World War II, the Nazis had been first to develop the atomic bomb, and the Germans and Japanese had carved up control of United States? That's the premise of the new streaming series from Amazon, The Man in the High Castle — an adaptation of the 1962 book by the same name. And the show is… » 1/15/15 2:50pm 1/15/15 2:50pm

The Truly Brilliant Design History of the Selfie Stick

I was at the beach a few weeks ago when I witnessed a three-generation family taking a group selfie (just try to make me call it an usie) in the surf using a selfie stick. A few minutes later, an adult couple repeated the scene. And so on. When, I wondered, did this weird little gimmick become a ubiquitous gadget? » 1/15/15 1:21pm 1/15/15 1:21pm

Steven Soderbergh Recuts Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most iconic science fiction films of all time. Transcending the very genre it helped to modernize, it would be an act of desecration for any other person to re-cut Kubrick's masterpiece. Well, hey would you look at that, guess what Steven Soderbergh just did? » 1/14/15 5:30pm 1/14/15 5:30pm

Nike Designer: Back to the Future II Shoes Will Be Released This Year

Did you ever dream of having Marty McFly's Nike powerlace shoes from Back to the Future Part II? Well, if all goes according to plan you might get your chance to own a pair. Nike reportedly has plans to release some version of the MAG shoes sometime this year. But they're not saying precisely when. » 1/07/15 12:30pm 1/07/15 12:30pm

Paul Revere's 1795 Time Capsule Will Be Opened Tonight (Again)

People are understandably excited to see what's inside Paul Revere's time capsule when it's opened tonight in Boston. The capsule was first interred in a cornerstone by Revere and Samuel Adams in 1795, and many news outlets are playing up the idea that the contents are a complete mystery. Except that it's not. Because… » 1/06/15 4:45pm 1/06/15 4:45pm

Nikola Tesla's Incredible Predictions For Our Connected World

We might complain that it's 2015 and we're still waiting on our hoverboards. But if Nikola Tesla were alive today, he'd probably wonder where the hell our fuel-free, super fast airplanes were. And who could blame him? Fuel-free planes aside, he actually predicted a lot of 21st century technologies quite accurately. » 1/06/15 2:30pm 1/06/15 2:30pm