Why do so many people choose to be insensitive happy ignorants?

Wandering through the bitfields, I just came across this 1995 photograph of Michael Gernhardt floating 200-miles over the Earth on a six-hour spacewalk. I zoomed in and looked in awe for a couple of minutes, pondering the chain of events, the Herculean effort that put and kept this man alive in space. » 7/31/14 6:59pm Thursday 6:59pm

Cocoa farmers trying chocolate for the first time is a must watch

You would think that chocolate is universal. Something that is everywhere, that everyone can enjoy. It's not. There are people who have never tried it, even the farmers who break their backs to harvest cocoa beans for a few cents in the Ivory Coast. Watch their faces light up when they eat it for the first time. » 7/29/14 12:34pm Tuesday 12:34pm

Video of the first dog in the world to fly on a wingsuit

I'm all for people risking their lives and getting a thrill out of jumping from anywhere in the world. But I'm not a fan of people who get their dog along for the ride. As fun as it may look, I'm pretty sure the dog—who doesn't understand what the hell is going on—is not a fan of it either, even while he looks calm. » 5/27/14 4:41pm 5/27/14 4:41pm

Where are all these awesome spaceliners of the future?

The other day a friend saw that cool reusable Falcon 9R rocket video and he wondered where the hell are the spaceliners of the future—the epitome of them all being Pan Am's space clipper Orion, from Stanley Kubrick's 2001. I think about that myself many times. Why haven't we advanced in propulsion technology? We are… » 4/22/14 1:00pm 4/22/14 1:00pm

Watching these two old women fly for the first time is pure gold

One of the things I hate about today's world is that we take everything for granted. We communicate through light and electricity, fly in metal vehicles, and listen to music recorded decades ago through airwaves—yet everyone is like "whatever." Which is why I love this video of two old women flying for the first time. » 4/11/14 1:45pm 4/11/14 1:45pm

NASA must fast forward the manned use of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft

This new cool SpaceX photo popped in my Twitter feed right after reading how Putin is annexing Crimea to Russia in the same way Hitler annexed the Sudetenland to Germany back in 1938. I don't know what will happen next but this is yet one more reason why NASA should fast forward the manned use of SpaceX's Dragon… » 3/11/14 5:59pm 3/11/14 5:59pm

Comic book God Stan Lee explains his beef with Superman

Though the world of comic book superheroes requires a suspension of disbelief, there are still rules even superheroes need to follow! Things just can't happen when they don't make sense! At least that's what comic book legend Stan Lee thinks. And if he thinks like that, we should listen. Here he explains why he really… » 11/05/13 9:13pm 11/05/13 9:13pm