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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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The Last Steps

Great Big Story: On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time man landed on another celestial body, and the last time man went to the moon. The Last […]

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The Unchained Goddess (1958)

We’ve known about anthropogenic global warming for decades and decades… “The Unchained Goddess” (1958), produced by Frank Capra and the fourth film in the Bell Laboratories Science Series (1956-1964): Even now, man may be unwittingly changing the world’s climate through the waste products of his civilization. Due to our release through factories and automobiles every […]

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Cosmodrome

Netflix: Get a look at the sophisticated engines Russia designed for a Cold War-era moon landing and how a changing world led them to a strange fate. Excellent film. Anything space-related, especially Mercury-Gemini-Apollo era, you can sign me up.

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Happy 50th Star Trek!

J.J. Abrams: To be talking about the 50th anniversary is insane. I was born the same year that Star Trek was.

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45 years later, FBI closes books on ‘D.B. Cooper’

The last time anyone saw D.B. Cooper, he parachuted out of a Mexico City-bound airplane with $200,000 in ransom strapped to his body, vanishing over the Pacific Northwest and initiating one of America’s greatest manhunts. Forty-five years later, the FBI is closing the books on this unsolved case.

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