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Category Archives: Tracking the Past

Happy Birthday, Maurice Goldhaber

Maurice Goldhaber is 100 years old today. That would be quite an accomplishment for anyone. In fact, the probability that a 40-year-old male reading this article will live to 100 … Continue reading

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April 18, 2011 · 2 Comments

Internet Pioneer Paul Baran Dies at 84

Internet pioneer Paul Baran died earlier today at age 84. An early computer designer, Baran was one of several people in the early 1960s who formulated the idea of creating … Continue reading

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March 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire was 100 Years Ago Today

This morning, I jotted out a quick note on my Facebook page that today was the 100th anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York’s Garment District. … Continue reading

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March 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Deorbit of Russia’s Mir Space Station was 10 Years Ago Today

The Soviet Union’s Mir Space Station was decommissioned and allowed to burn up on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere over Fiji 10 years ago today. The spectacular footage captured below … Continue reading

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March 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Decades in Brands: Greatest Brands from 1900 to 2010

With the Consumer Electronics Show now over and the Geek world sufficiently launched into another year of gadget grinding, I thought it might be fun to look back on the … Continue reading

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January 11, 2011 · 5 Comments

Happy Birthday Quantum Physics!

As a university professor in Berlin, Max Planck was commissioned by electric light makers to figure out what was the maximum amount of light that could be emitted using the … Continue reading

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December 14, 2010 · 3 Comments

Antikythera Mechanism Made of Lego Blocks! Very Cool!

I love this video of a fully working replica of the Antikythera mechanism – made of Lego blocks! Kudos to the Apple engineer who created it. If you fish around … Continue reading

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December 11, 2010 · Leave a comment