Flashback Tech: Pneumatic Mail Delivery, Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1905

By Natania Barron Contributing Writer, [GAS] One of the biggest draws about steampunk technology, for me, is that much of it actually existed in some form or another. Last night, through the joy of Twitter, I discovered the endless wonder of GoogleBook’s expansive Popular Mechanics archive, and spent far too long ogling the various inventions […]

UK government says sorry for 1950s prosecution of computer pioneer Alan Turing

The British prime minister has issued an official apology for the 1950s mistreatment of Alan Turing, the man sometimes dubbed “the father of modern computer science.” It follows a petition signed by more than 30,000 people and may boost the case for Turing receiving a posthumous knighthood. Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for gross indecency, […]

Wireless Electricity Demo

Eric Giler, CEO of MIT-inspired WiTricity, wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. In the following video, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT’s breakthrough version, WiTricity — a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker. With this promising new technology, you may soon never […]