Georges Méliès accidentally created 3D film in 1903, nineteen years before the première of the first deliberate one.
The fork bomb is a single line of code that can shut down a computer.
In 2005 a French helicopter pilot landed on top of Mount Everest. In 1972 another French pilot flew more than 12,000 metres up… and then his engine stopped.
This is the 300th regular post on this site. Time to talk about simultaneous scientific discovery, starring Edison, Newton, Darwin, and many many others.
“We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, […] optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional […] and it must be 3 ¼ seconds long.”
Up until 1902, every fastest car in the world was electric.
In World War II, New Zealand wanted a tank, but none of their allies had any to spare. So they made their own, with a tractor, corrugated iron, a mattress, and a postcard.
The first computer programme to replicate itself over the proto-Internet was made in 1971. And the second one was made to destroy it.
In 2016, Japanese scientists discovered a new and unique type of bacteria outside a recycling factory in Sakai. It can eat plastic.
The idea of the tractor beam first appeared in fiction in 1931. Since then, scientists have worked to make it a reality… and they’ve actually had some success.
The Areni-1 cave in southern Armenia is the site of the oldest shoe, and also the oldest winery, in the world.
In 1944 a graduate student wrote a parody of technical writing that has entered engineering folklore: the turboencabulator.
The portable vacuum cleaner Dustbuster was built on the back of technology for the moon landings.
What do you get when you cross three motorways, two railway lines, three canals, and two rivers? The first junction to be called spaghetti.
There’s a pill you can swallow with a little camera inside. It’s great for identifying gastrointestinal damage, and usually comes out the other end in a day or two. Usually.