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Meet ‘The Afronauts’: An Introduction to Zambia’s Forgotten 1960s Space Program

“Broadly speaking, the ‘Space Race’ of the 1950s and 60s involved two major players, the United States and the Soviet Union. But there were also minor players: take, for instance, the Zambian Space Program, founded and administered by just one … Continue reading

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The Baseball Encyclopedia

“The Baseball Encyclopedia is a baseball reference book first published by Macmillan in 1969. Nine further editions of the book were released between 1974 and 1996. The Baseball Encyclopedia features statistical summaries for Major League Baseball (MLB) players.  Baseball reference … Continue reading

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Stewart Brand Saw the Future

“You may have heard the just-so story about environmentalism as we know it. On Christmas Eve 1968, an astronaut aboard NASA’s Apollo 8 spacecraft took a photograph of the faraway surface of a green-and-blue, cloud-marbled planet known to its English-speaking … Continue reading

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Garbage collection (computer science)

Stop-and-copy garbage collection in a Lisp architecture. Memory is divided into working and free memory; new objects are allocated in the former. … “In computer science, garbage collection (GC) is a form of automatic memory management. The garbage collector attempts … Continue reading

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Hacker culture

“The hacker culture is a subculture of individuals who enjoy – often in collective effort – the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming the limitations of software systems or electronic hardware (mostly digital electronics), to achieve novel and clever outcomes.[1] The … Continue reading

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Extravehicular activity

Ed White performs the first American spacewalk during Gemini IV “Extravehicular activity (EVA) is any activity done by an astronaut outside a spacecraft beyond the Earth’s appreciable atmosphere. Normally, the term applies to what has been termed a spacewalk outside … Continue reading

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An Introduction to E.A.T. – Engineers, the Avant-Garde and a Tennis Court

Set of Documentation of the Workings of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) between 1966 and 1968 “On March 18th, 1960, a sculpture on the roof of New York’s Museum of Modern Art began to destroy itself. Engines attached to … Continue reading

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Making It: Pick up a spot welder and join the revolution.

Enthusiasts of the maker movement foresee a third industrial revolution. January 5, 2014: “In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts … Continue reading

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Computer art

Desmond Paul Henry, Picture by Drawing Machine 1, c. 1962 “Computer art is any art in which computers play a role in production or display of the artwork. Such art can be an image, sound, animation, video, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, video … Continue reading

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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution – Steven Levy

“There was the great chess showdown of 1965, when MacHack won a chess game against a critic of artificial intelligence named Herbert Dreyfus, who had bluntly asserted that no computer program would ever be able to beat even a 10-year- … Continue reading

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