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How ZIP codes helped to organize the mail

The Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP) was invented in 1963 to help the United States Postal Service organize mail due to large increasingly large mail volumes. The five number ZIP code increases is specificity from region to large sorting centers to smaller post offices. The system grew in 1983 to ...

The assembly code from Apollo 11 is now on GitHub

Margaret Hamilton, director of software engineering on Apollo 11, next to the printout of the code. As found on Quartz.com via Slashdot.org, “the code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule.” The Apollo Guidance Computer ...

California (and the Northwest) may be in for greater weather extremes

The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge is depicted in shades of red on this map. KQED, the San Francisco-based affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) released an article by Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at Stanford University working in conjunction with Northwestern and Columbia ...

The Future Will Be Quiet

The Atlantic magazine has released an article for their April 2016 issue about how the expansion of electric cars and appliances will lead to a future with less noise due to having fewer petroleum-powered engines around. Presently, U.S. cities are fairly loud places with car horns, traffic, and ...

A not-so-modest proposal to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Winam. “The sooner you start socking away part of your paycheck for retirement, the easier it is to hit your goals. If you wait until late in your career to start, your goal could be simply out of reach unless you take a second job or win the lottery.” ...

We’re going to the moon…of Jupiter, Europa!

Europa as seen by the NASA Galileo spacecraft on September 7, 1996. New legislation from Congress has approved NASA’s 2016 fiscal year budget of $19.2 billion with a special $175 million designated as a “Jupiter Europa clipper mission” with a target launch date of 2022-2023. The ...

High quality video footage of Tokyo after World War II

As seen on Open Culture’s website today, the official music video for DJ Boogie Belgique’s song Ms. Yutani was posted since it features footage from post-WWII Tokyo (seen above). All of the footage is showing pedestrians, commuters, and shoppers going about their day. Although the video ...

Hurricane Patricia sets cyclonic sustained wind speed record

Hurricane Patricia from the International Space Station as taken by Cmdr. Scott Kelly, NASA Astronaut Hurricane Patricia is a Category 5 storm (sustained winds above 156 miles per hour) that is about to make landfall on the Pacific Coast of Mexico this afternoon. The sustained winds of 235 miles ...

The Complete History of the NFL visualized

The San Francisco 49ers team ratings from 1980-2000 using an Elo-based rating system developed by FiveThirtyEight.com   FiveThirtyEight.com, a subsidiary website of ESPN known for political and sports-related statistics and visualization, released a scoring schema ranking all the teams ever ...

The Moon’s atmosphere is buzzing just like…neon.

Artist’s concept of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft in orbit above the moon. Credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry Data analysis from the former NASA spacecraft, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) has confirmed the existence of neon ...
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