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The iPad just turned five. That's five years of reading emails at breakfast on slabs of glass and aluminium. Five years of wondering what the hell we were thinking when we first heard about this subtly transformative device. Five years!

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On the 20th of December, 1939, the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded. The facility at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, would later be known as NASA's Ames Research Center after the founding chairman of NACA, Joseph S. Ames — but no one could foresee how iconic Ames would become.

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Image Cache: NASA has revealed spectacular, newly reprocessed images of four of the most amazing supernovas ever captured by a human science instrument — the Crab Nebula (top), Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58 — to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra observatory. I decided to go one step further and collect them all.

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The Rubik's cube is 40 years old today. It's one of the most popular toys in the history of mankind, one that has obsessed kids and adults alike, making them compete to be the fastest and do the weirdest things with it. Here are a few examples.

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Buckle that nostalgia-seatbelt: Weezer's debut, The Blue Album, came out 20 years ago today. And in the two decades since, being geeky has gone from socially crippling to almost cool. Listening back through this album, it's easy to understand why Weezer boomed when they did. The songs are so damned catchy and energetic, you can't help but air-guitar along. There's genuine earnestness here that must've been an absolute breath of fresh air compared to the grunge everyone else was trying to make at the time.

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Computer coding ability has gotten especially hip recently. People who can't code revere it as 21st century sorcery, while those who do it professionally are often driven to fits by it. It was 50 years ago today two Dartmouth professors debuted a coding language designed to be easy enough for anyone to use. The language that made that all possible. They called it the Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code — BASIC.

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Today is the anniversary of brave Felix Baumgartner's space jump. His heart was racing at 185 beats per minute when he jumped from an altitude of 127,852 feet, then started to spin at 60 revolutions per minute and kept spinning for 13 seconds after jumping, reaching a maximum vertical speed of Mach 1.25. An incredible feat.