Check out this amazing footage from Popular Mechanics, readers! Watch Astonishing, Unedited Footage of the Navy Nuking Warships It's arguably the most unsettling nuclear weapons test of all time. BY KYLE MIZOKAMI MAY 19, 2021 In the summer of 1945, the Navy assembled a large fleet of ex-warships and dropped atomic bombs on them. The test was designed to determine … Continue reading Target Practice at Sea
Check out this fantastic piece from Popular Mechanics, readers! Shooting at the Moon: The Pioneering Rocketry of Robert Goddard In 1929, Popular Mechanics covered the explosive work of Robert Goddard. His liquid propellant-fueled rocket, the first of its kind, carved a path to the stars. BY JOHN BRADY MAR 16, 2021 In the December 1929 issue, … Continue reading The Birth of the Modern Rocket
…the more they stay the same. In the original Star Trek* episode “The Ultimate Computer,” Captain Kirk recites a line from John Masefield’s poem “Sea-Fever”: All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. What was good enough for the captain of a Constellation-class starship is good enough for modern … Continue reading The More Things Change…
I have to admit, the conspiracy theory described in this Popular Mechanics* article is news to me. Turn your head and squint a bit, though, and you can see it working as part of a Marvel Comics* story or even as an explanation for the Artomiques in the Wild Stars* universe. It certainly reminds this … Continue reading Alternate History Theorists, Unite!
And we think that our time is the only one with crazy ideas. Take a look at this wild article from Popular Mechanics, readers! Hey, Flying Tanks Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time Unfortunately, they all failed spectacularly. BY KYLE MIZOKAMI FEB 26, 2021 Several countries have tried to make flying tanks, which can self-deploy … Continue reading Look, Up in the Sky!
Click the link to learn more, readers: This Fuel Is About to Power the World's Biggest Fusion Reactor But first, scientists need to see if it's ready. BY CAROLINE DELBERT FEB 23, 2021 A smaller sibling of the ITER fusion reactor is testing heavy tritium fuel. It’s been 24 years since scientists set the existing fusion record using tritium. … Continue reading Future Fuel
Okay, I was originally going to title this “shoot the stars,” but that can be read to have improper connotations. The piece is about astrophotography, not actual shooting! Even so, someone might get the wrong idea. XD Anyway, enjoy this article from Popular Mechanics, readers! A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL STILLWELL MAR 26, 2021 … Continue reading To Snap the Stars
No, the title for this post was not entirely my idea, readers. And while it is a reference to the popular 1960s’ anime series Speed Racer*, that allusion came straight from Lockheed, the creator of the drone described in the article linked herein. It is, apparently, quite fast! However, looking at the photograph makes me … Continue reading “Go, Speed Racer, GO!”
Those who have read the Young Jedi Knights* saga from the original Star Wars* Expanded Universe may find the idea proposed in this piece familiar. One of the things that the Solo twins were allowed to do on their visits to Coruscant, the capital world of the New Republic, was to man the Millennium Falcon’s … Continue reading Ready, Aim, Fire…!
Players of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic* and authors who have water worlds in mind may both wish to take note of this story from Popular Mechanics.* The Maldives have conceived of a plan to build their very own floating city in a lagoon near the capital of Male in an attempt to … Continue reading Sink, Swim, or Float?