It's 1963. You're in a cold war with Russia. You want to keep up communication capabilities globally. Communication satellites haven't come into their own. The ionosphere is fickle and jammable. What do you do? You fire 480 million tiny copper wires into space to create an artificial dipole antenna belt around the earth. You call it Project West Ford
. It works. [more inside]
posted by cortex
on Aug 27, 2013 -
Muppet Labs, where the future is being made today, is the site of scientific enquiry, technological breakthroughs, and sundry explosions on The Muppet Show. Headed by Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, the lab premiered in episode 108 and lasted all five seasons. During the first season, Bunsen worked alone. Beginning in season two, the good doctor acquired an assistant-cum-guinea pig, the hapless Beaker.
An annotated list of every single televised appearance of the Muppet Labs is after the fold! [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Dec 31, 2011 -
"In the late '60's I worked for Bell Labs for a few years managing a data center and developing an ultra high speed information retrieval system. It was the days of beehive hair on the women and big mainframe computers. One day I took a camera to work and shot the pictures below."
posted by channey
on Dec 30, 2010 -
is about scientists, but not so much about science. In the most recent update is an interview with Daniel Glaser
about his involvement behind the scenes of the BBC documentary Under Laboratory Conditions
Older articles on LabLit.com are about iPods
in the lab, sex
in the lab, basically anything besides
science that still relates to lab life.
"LabLit" is short for "lab literature", and the about
page explains the connection between the two and the idea behind the site.
posted by easternblot
on Apr 25, 2006 -
In this exposé
a Wired News reporter easily gains access to some sensitive areas of the Los Alamos National Lab
, and brings back pictures to prove it. While certainly an embarrassment for a place throwing workshops on homeland security
(and doubly so because their seminars started today), is it wise for Wired News to post essentially a how-to guide on breaking into the lab where America's nuclear secrets reside?
posted by mathowie
on Feb 25, 2003 -