Rediscovering the World's Fair in 1939, New York

The World of Tomorrow – Yesterday: The World’s Fair in 1939, New York

This  bright bold fold-out map from the World's Fair in 1939 along with postcards, pictures and a documentary speak volumes about a new optimism following the bleakness of the Depression and a blind faith in technology and all of the hopes and possibilities of the future. Click image to see larger detailed version. Watch an…

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Back when Daft Punk weren't even molecules in their parent's loins. Before the remake of Tron. Before techno and electro were born - during a weird primeval melting pot phase of experimentation in music, there was a whole canon of 70's and 80's sci-fi soundtracks that pushed the boundaries of ambient, electronic and rock music.…

The Falling Cat Phenomenon: How NASA Trained Astronauts For Zero Gravity

The Falling Cat Phenomenon: How NASA Trained Astronauts For Zero Gravity

Back in the golden era of space exploration - the 1960's, NASA scientists were concerned with how astronauts would orient their bodies in space. This led to a watershed study at Stanford, featured in the International Journal of Solids and Structures, entitled "A Dynamical Explanation of the Falling Cat Phenomenon."       Partly funded by…

Free Online Course for Dreamers: Origins – Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

This is quite possibly the most amazing course ever presented on Coursera. It's called Origins - Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life. A sweeping epic that begins at the moment of the Big Bang and the creation of matter and careens along at a throttling pace through Deep Time towards the Human…

Isaac Asimov: Badass Rapper for Science

Isaac Asimov: Badass Sci-Fi Rapper Mofo

“Tell me why the stars do shine, Tell me why the ivy twines, Tell me what makes skies so blue, And I'll tell you why I love you. Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine, Tropisms make the ivy twine, Raleigh scattering make skies so blue, Testicular hormones are why I love you. ” ― Isaac…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

So far I have lovingly described a lot of Sydney natives who live under the sea. In our final of the series I look at the Gloomy Octopus and Eastern Blue Devil Fish, two of the most reclusive, mysterious and strangely beautiful residents of Sydney Harbour. I hope that you've enjoyed this series on Impossibly…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour – Part 1

In case you've been living under a rock in the harbour, you will know that Sydney offers some amazing snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. It's a really clean body of water. The proof is in the snorkelling too. A recent study revealed that Sydney harbour has more marine species than any other harbour in the…

The Electrifying Visionary Power of Nikola Tesla

The Electrifying Visionary Power of Nikola Tesla

During an exciting period of invention at the end of the 19th century, Nikola Tesla stumbled upon cosmic radio signals for the first time. He thought they were signs of intelligent life from Venus or Mars. He later said of the experience, "The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first…