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 Today 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 Today 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 Tuesday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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

1970 Predicts: 25% of Commuters Will Use Flying Machines by 2000

Dreams of our helicopter future really took off in the 1940s. But they were still alive and well in the 1970s. The old guard couldn't give up on the commuter aircraft of tomorrow. Like in this December 13, 1970 edition of the Sunday comic strip, "Our New Age." » 7/14/14 1:30pm 7/14/14 1:30pm

Modern Photography Would Not Exist Without George Eastman

George Eastman, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist, was born on this day 160 years ago. His innovations in standardized film and portable cameras made the nascent field of photography accessible to the layperson. Tonight, let's celebrate his birthday with a look back at PBS's George Eastman: The Wizard of… » 7/12/14 8:22pm 7/12/14 8:22pm

U-Boats, Spies, and White Magic: The Invention of Wireless Cryptography

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The wireless telegraph station in Sayville, New York was one of the most powerful in the world. Constructed by the German company Telefunken in 1912, it served as a transatlantic relay point for diplomatic messages and business communications. It was a beacon among amateur wireless enthusiasts around the United… » 7/11/14 4:09pm 7/11/14 4:09pm