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Aging Soviet Space Vehicles Still Impress

Eric Berger, writing at Wired: The Soviet Union’s Buran space shuttle program stands as one of the saddest episodes in aerospace history. After NASA began working on its space shuttle program in the early 1970s, the Soviet Union conceived of its own orbiter program, the eerily similar looking Buran shuttle. Ultimately, the vehicle made just […]

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Star Wars at 40

Star Wars, a film which has unfortunately come to be known as Episode IV: A New Hope, was released 40 years ago today. Although I didn’t see it on opening night, or even opening weekend, I did see it soon thereafter (you have to be able to get a ride when you’re eleven…), and I […]

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Masterpiece restored: Stolen Stradivarius will sing again

Ah!, some non-depressing news from Yahoo News Digest: After a meticulous restoration that took more than a year, a Stradivarius violin that was stolen from the violinist Roman Totenberg and missing for decades is about to return to the stage. Mira Wang, a violinist who immigrated to the United States from China 30 years ago […]

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President Obama interviewed by Dateline’s Lester Holt

President Obama on Dateline NBC, “Barack Obama: The Reality of Hope”, 1/13/2017: If you had told me at the beginning of my presidency, the day after in fact of my winning the presidency, that eight years later the economy would be stabilized, we would cut unemployment in half from its peak, that the stock market […]

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Tommy Allsup, guitarist who avoided Buddy Holly plane crash, dies at 85

R.I.P. Tommy Allsup.

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10 ways the iPhone has changed our world in the last 10 years

For me, a guy who used to carry around a flip phone, a palm PDA, a DSLR, and an iPod, nearly everywhere I went, the greatest initial change was simply convergence: The iPhone hasn’t just created new technologies – in expanding the definition of what a phone could be, it’s incorporated so many other devices […]

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iPhone announced 10 years ago today

Steve Jobs at Macworld San Francisco, January 9, 2007: This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years. Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. And, Apple has been—well, first of all, one’s very fortunate if you get to work on just one of these in […]

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When Astronauts ‘Saved’ the Worst Year in American History (Not 2016)

It really wasn’t until we came back that we suddenly realized what the flight had accomplished as to the attitude of the Americans,” Lovell said in 2014. “We got so many telegrams, and one I remember distinctly, all it said was ‘You saved 1968’.

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R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, a.k.a. Princess/General Leia Organa, has died. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd, 24. “Our entire family thanks you for […]

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R.I.P. John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth

The paper of record: John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

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