India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, launched in 2014, cost $74 million. In contrast, producing the movie The Martian cost $108 million.
When it comes to death, the only real certainty is that we all will face it eventually. As to the manner in which you are likely to leave this world, well, statisticians […]
Hopes were high when the Mars Climate Orbiter launched from Cape Canaveral on December 11, 1998. The robotic space probe was designed to study the climate, atmosphere, and surface changes of Mars […]
Patent #6,784,792, issued in 2004 to inventors Bernhardt Mattes and Gottfried Flik, is a sensor that will tell you whether your car has struck a pedestrian. Presumably the pedestrian doesn’t have to […]
Albert Einstein disliked wearing socks and gloried when he could go without them. “When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in the sock,” […]
Sir Isaac Newton was a genius, but he was also a bit absent-minded. When confronted with the distraction of his cats wanting in and out of the house throughout the day, Newton […]
When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of up to 3,000 mph (4,828 kph). source
Are dogs and cats too ordinary for you? Does it seem like EVERYONE has a guinea pig? If you are looking for a pet that reflects your distinctiveness, you might consider the […]
The planet 55 Cancri e is essentially a diamond — and a very big one at that. At twice the size of earth, it is estimated to be worth $26.9 nonillion […]
Britain’s King George I was on a hunting party in the Hertswold Forest of northern Germany in 1725 when he came across an extraordinary discovery: a wild boy.
Prior to 2007, Space Shuttles were not allowed to remain in orbit on New Year’s Day, due to concerns about whether the software would properly handle the rollover of dates. source
Colombia once was home to the largest snake that ever lived: the titanboa. Weighing in at 2,500 pounds and reaching nearly 50 feet in length, this monster of the marsh likely […]
Countless songs, poems, and dramatic works have been written about the power of a kiss. You may have been unaware of one of the additional benefits of the exercise: allergy reduction. Dr. […]
The University of Chicago takes great pains to make sure their world-class education comes with a note of levity from time to time. One of these opportunities for frivolity is the annual […]
Paul Winchell and Tigger Paul Winchell (1922-2005) may be best known as the voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh, Gargamel in The Smurfs, the characters in Green Eggs and Ham and […]