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Inventor Of The Laser Dies

Charles Townes, the physicist whose work would help lay the foundations for the development of the laser died today. He was 99. His career also ranged far beyond an interest in lasers, into astronomy and a fascination with spirituality.


Celebrate Mike Nichols, Watch The Graduate

Director, comedian, and EGOT-winning badass Mike Nichols died yesterday. Nichols got his start in comedy, first as an improviser and then as part of a duo with the equally legendary Elaine May.


A Visual History Of The iPod Click Wheel

The click wheel is dead! Long live the touchscreen. While Apple has moved on to brighter and screenier devices, the click wheel remains one of our favourite input methods of all time. Call us sentimental, but let’s take a walk down memory lane.


The Russian Space Sex Lizards Are Dead

I hope you’re sitting down at your desk or on a train or something, for I have tidings of great sorrow: the Russian space sex lizards have died.


Valeri Kubasov, Apollo-Soyuz Crewmember, Passed Away

Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, a retired Soviet cosmonaut, died on Wednesday, 19 February 2014, in Moscow at age 79. He was the second crew member of the legendary joint U.S.-USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project to pass away, after Deke Slayton died in 1993.


Watch How The RIP Bullet Makes Your Vital Organs Explode In Slow Motion

Rated RR tested the Radically Invasive Projectile (yes, RIP) ammo against ballistic gel, filming it in super-slow motion to show you what a bullet like this would do as it penetrates the flesh of a human body. It’s pretty terrifying stuff.


Ray Dolby, Innovator Of Cinema Sound, Has Died

Dolby Laboratories founder Ray Dolby died today in San Francisco at the age of 80. He’ll be remembered as the man who made the movies sound as spectacular as they look. Today, his technology is used in movie theatres around the world.


Audio Pioneer Amar Bose Dies

Dr Amar Bose, the man who founded one of the best-recognised consumer audio equipment brands in the United States has died at the age of 83. The MIT-trained Electrical Engineer, professor and entrepreneur significantly altered the way people think about consumer audio, especially over the last few years as audio technology has become increasingly small and portable.


Douglas Engelbart, Inventor Of The Computer Mouse, Has Died

Douglas C. Engelbart had a simple idea which would change the world of computing forever: he invented the humble — but now pervasive — computer mouse. Sadly, Engelbart has passed away.


Sony: MiniDisc Is (Finally) Dead

While rumours have suggested it in the past, it’s now official: after years of complete and utter redundancy, Sony is finally killing off the MiniDisc.