In 1964, the New York World's Fair opened with radical technologies and dazzling futuristic displays.
Fifty-one million visitors descended on Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, N.Y. over two six-month seasons in 1964 and '65 to experience innovations like "picturephones," lunar crawlers and Belgian waffles. The Ford Times called it "a lively and lavish concoction of spectacular entertainment."
Though a conflict with the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) stripped the fair of an official sanction, the event represented an exciting time in American scientific advancements. While we still aren't jetting to the moon to visit grandma in her space colony retirement village, technologies like robotic animation continue in special effects productions today. Read more...More about List, New York, Photos, Tech, and Future
In a clear sign of global warming's impact on the U.S., record-high temperatures are increasingly outnumbering record-low temperatures, a new data visualization shows.
The visualization, which is based on data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), does not incorporate the most recent data from 2014 that shows cold records are outpacing warm records in the lower 48 states. However, this is likely a temporary speed bump in a longer-term warmup, especially as the summer approaches.
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Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like.
It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way's structure has so far eluded researchers. But it's tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within.
"We are fairly confident that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, but we don't know much in detail. At the most basic level, we'd like to be able to make a map that would show in detail what it looks like," said Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the new study.Space, Map, Astronomy, Us World, and Milky Way
April 23 marks 30 years since the U.S. announced the discovery of what causes AIDS: a retrovirus called HTLV-III, later renamed HIV. At their 1984 press conference, in the face of one of the world's most terrifying medical epidemics, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler and virologist Dr. Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute projected scientists would be able to produce an AIDS vaccine within two years
"That turned out to be totally incorrect," Heckler told PBS in 2006. "But at that time, we did not know that the replication of the virus would be so difficult — and it still is a problem." Read more...More about Health, Features, History, Social Good, and Medicine
The empowering message is underscored by the ad's plot, which features various musicians playing the song, first separately and then in unison. The narrative then expands to include others — athletes, motorcyclists, a dad — who are empowered by their iPhone 5S devices.
Though the ads continue the feel-good vibe of previous Apple ads, the tagline signals a subtle shift. For the past few years, Apple ads have made the product the hero. Here, the product is a mechanism for making the user the hero Read more...More about Advertising, Apple, Samsung, Business, and Music
A spokeswoman with the pro-Russian insurgents in Sloviansk, Ukraine, confirmed on Wednesday that they have captured Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky and are holding him hostage.
"He's with us. He's fine," Stella Khorosheva told The Associated Press, adding, "(We) need to be careful because this is not the first time we're dealing with spies."
Khorosheva also told The Daily Beast that Ostrovsky is being held according to the "laws of war" because "he was not reporting in a correct way."
Perhaps more worrisome, the spokeswoman said that the militants had planned the journalist's kidnapping. Read more...More about Media, Us World, World, and Ukraine
John Calabrese, General Motors' global head of engineering, is leaving the company as it reorganizes in the wake of recalls related to an ignition defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.
Calabrese, 55, is retiring after 33 years at the company, according to GM. The move comes as GM divides its engineering operations into two units — Global Product Integrity and Global Components and Subsystems. As part of the reorganization, GM will double its team of safety investigators to 55 and will require its legal department to regularly meet with the engineering team to review legal complaints involving GM vehicles. Read more...More about Cars, Gm, Business, and Recalls
More than a month after Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, authorities say possible airplane debris has surfaced in Australia.
According to reports, Australian police have collected "material that has washed ashore" on the southwest coast of Australia. Officials in Australia and Malaysia are looking closely at images of the wreckage to determine whether it is related to the missing jetliner.
Officials were careful to stress that any connection to MH370 is still only a possibility at this point.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan said the object appears to be sheet metal with rivets, and calls it "sufficiently interesting" for investigation, CNN reports. Read more...More about Us World, World, Malaysia Airlines, Flight 370, and Debris
NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio have started a 2.5-hour spacewalk on Wednesday to install a spare backup computer aboard the International Space Station
The spacewalk started just before 10 a.m. ET when the crew switched their suits to battery power, signaling the start of the operation
The astronauts will be replacing a backup computer known as a Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM), which failed on April 11. It "provides telemetry and commands to truss systems, solar alpha rotary joints and the Mobile Transporter rail car which rides along the truss structure," according to NASA, and both of the computers have been at the International Space Station for more than 10 years Read more...More about Nasa, Us World, and Space
Around the world, travelers are planning more international and domestic trips for 2014 compared to 2013, according to a new study released Wednesday.
In 2014, 77% of global travelers said they plan to travel internationally, a 12% increase from 2013. The percentage of global travelers planning domestic trips also increased from 87% in 2013 to 90% this year.
See also: What Will Travel Look Like in 2024?
That increase comes despite a certain degree of pessimism in the global economy: Just 70% of hotel managers around the globe said they were confident about profits in 2014.
Travelers' budgets for the top-spending countries are expected to increase significantly in 2014. The average global traveler budget is increasing from $5,955 in 2013 to $6,136 in 2014, according to TripAdvisor. On average, Swiss travelers spent the most in 2013, but are expected to be outspent by Australian travelers this year. Read more...More about Travel, World, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, and Travel Trends
Facebook has beat Wall Street estimates with each of its last three earnings reports. Will it manage to do the same this time around?
The social network is scheduled to report its March quarter earnings after the market closes on Wednesday. The consensus among analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters is that Facebook will post earnings of $0.24 a share on revenue of $2.36 billion. That would be a significant increase from the same quarter a year ago when it reported revenue of $1.46 billion.
Advertising revenue is expected to come in around $2.13 billion, thanks to strong growth on mobile. Shyam Patil, an analyst with Wedbush, wrote in an investor note that mobile ad revenue should total nearly $1.2 billion for the quarter, up more than 200% year-over-year Read more...More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Earnings, and Business
One person is dead after protesters clashed with police in a violent riot on Tuesday night near Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tensions in the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela have been escalating since last weekend when Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, a popular male dancer, died during a fight with the Army. Authorities reportedly mistook him for a drug dealer. Though Rio de Janeiro's State Security Secretariat said Pereira, 25, died from a fall, neighborhood residents blame police for the his death, which is still officially under investigation.
#SegurançaRJ De acordo com a 13 DP (Ipanema), as circunstâncias da morte de Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira estão sendo investigadas (+)Brazil, Us World, World, and Rio De Janeiro
The MTV Video Music Awards will return to California just one year after the network moved the show to New York City's Barclays Center, which marked the first time a major annual awards show made Brooklyn its host.
The 2014 VMAs will air live on Aug. 24 from inside the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, Calif., MTV announced Wednesday morning. The venue has never hosted the VMAs, but since 1967 it has hosted performances from such acts as The Rolling Stones, Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Van Halen, Coldplay and Prince.Mtv, Music, Entertainment, Tv, and Vmas
Never underestimate anyone in your office, because as Mad Men's Joan Harris once eloquently said, "One minute you're on top of the world, the next minute some secretary's running you over with a lawn mower."
AMC is celebrating Secretary's Day, a.k.a. Administrative Professionals' Day, with several slick graphics featuring secretaries, receptionists and other administrative assistants who have appeared in Mad Men's seven-season run.
Ring in the secular holiday and test your Mad Men knowledge with this quiz, which AMC shared first with Mashable. The choices and answers are at the bottom. Read more...More about Entertainment, Holidays, Tv, Mad Men, and Amc
Amazon has announced an exclusive deal to bring older HBO series to its Prime streaming service.
The agreement will provide Amazon with a flood of new content in the near term as well as a steady stream of shows as they come available. In addition to providing Prime with new content to attract users, the exclusivity of the deal will prevent competitors like Netflix from matching the offering.
The deal includes The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Eastbound & Down, Oz, Band of Brothers and Deadwood, and early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, the companies announced in a press release. The first content will hit Amazon on May 21. Read more...More about Amazon, Hbo, Streaming Media, Business, and Media