The Chernobyl Disaster was a nuclear catastrophe that occurred on April 26, 1986 in the No.4 Light water graphite moderated reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat. After six months of investigation, in December 1986, they discovered, with the help of a remote camera, an intensely radioactive mass in the basement of Unit Four. Measuring more than 2-meters wide and weighing hundreds of tons, they called it "the elephant's foot" for its wrinkled appearance. The mass was composed of sand, glass and a large amount of nuclear fuel that had escaped from the reactor. The concrete beneath the reactor was steaming hot, and was breached by solidified lava and spectacular unknown crystalline forms termed chernobylite. Continue reading for five more things you may not know about the Chernobyl Disaster. Click here for a few bonus images.
Released in 1981, the Osborne 1 was touted as the first mass-produced, microprocessor-based portable computer, running the CP/M operating system. Despite being noticeably bulkier compared to today's laptops, with a tiny 5" CRT monitor, it had a near-revolutionary impact on business professionals, as they were able to take their computer and data with them just about anywhere. This, along with a few other "luggables" were inspired by what was probably the first portable computer, the Xerox NoteTaker. Size wise, the computer could be compared to a portable sewing machine, just portable enough to be carried onto commercial aircraft. Continue reading for eighteen more interesting pictures from around the web.
Japan intended the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 as a preventive action to keep the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan planned in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. The following day, December 8, the United States declared war on Japan. Domestic support for non-interventionism, which had been fading since the Fall of France in 1940, disappeared. Clandestine support of the United Kingdom was replaced by active alliance. Continue reading for ten more amazing colorized historical photos.
The Willys M38 - a military version of the then-current civilian Jeep CJ-3A - is a 1/4 ton four-wheel drive utility truck made between 1949-1952, and it had a total production of more than 60,000 units. Unlike the civilian version, it boasts a reinforced frame / suspension, waterproof 24-volt electrical system, sealed vent system for the engine, transmission, transfer case, fuel system and brake system. It also has a windshield that can be folded flat for firing, while the body is equipped with a pintle hook for towing and lifting shackles front and rear. This 1951 Willys M38 Jeep model has been fully restored, powered by an inline four-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission. Other extras include: a 1950s phone, gas can, helmet, siren, and .50 / .30 caliber machine guns. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of skydivers playing on the ultimate mega swing.
Here's something you don't see everyday, a 5MB hard drive being loaded onto a plane. The IBM 350 Disk File, invented by Reynold Johnson, was introduced in 1956 with the IBM 305 RAMAC computer. This drive had fifty 24-inch (0.6 m) platters, with a total capacity of five million 6-bit characters (3.75 megabytes). A single head assembly having two heads was used for access to all the platters, yielding an average access time of just under 1 second. Continue reading for more cool historical photos you may not have seen before.
Before smartwatches, and even calculator watches, there was he Tessina. It's essentially a 35mm camera patented by Austrian chemical engineer Dr. Rudolph Steineck in Lugano Switzerland, and manufactured by Siegrist in Grenchen Switzerland. First introduced in 1957 and distributed by Steineck's company Concava S.A, it remained in production up to 1996. The watch takes 14x21 mm pictures on standard 35mm film (loaded into a special cassette), making it one of the few sub-miniature cameras to use the format. Each one is hand assembled from more than two hundred precision parts, and designed tot take 100,000-pictures. Click here to view more pictures of the Tessina. Continue reading for a video showing how the controls work and more information.
Canepa has completed their fully restoration of a 1979 BMW M1 Procar, number 31 of just 40 made, which served as a spare car during the BMW M1 Procar Championship. Originally sold to a German customer in November 1979, it was then purchased by an American collector 4-years-later. The race car was driven and displayed at numerous events throughout the 1990's, and was placed in storage until October 2012. It was made street-legal by replacing the BMW race components with OEM Procar parts, including BBS center lock wheels, suspension uprights, hubs, control arms, tie rods, axles and mirrors. The engine was rebuilt and equipped with Motec electronic fuel injection, boosting total engine output to 414 hp and 357 lb-ft of torque. Click here for more pictures of the fully restored M1 Procar. Continue reading for a Top Gear review of the original M1.
Ever wonder what a Neanderthal would look like in modern wear? If so, then head on over to The Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany, as a Neanderthal mannequin in a suit is currently on display to remind visitors of connections between modern and ancient humans. One thing you may not know is that Neanderthals had a lower surface-to-volume ratio, with shorter legs and a bigger body in conformance with Bergmann's rule, as an energy-loss reduction adaptation to life in a high-latitude (i.e. seasonally cold) climate. Continue reading for more cool pictures from around the web.
It's impossible to travel back in time to the 1970s, or at least that we know of, but visiting this home - located in Framingham, Massachusetts - just might be the next best thing. Currently on the market for $624,900, this time capsule spans 4,133-square-feet, complete with 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a swimming pool. "The original owner built the house and customized it and did all the decor in the early '70s. The most recent owners also appreciated the decor and lived in the house for more than 20 years without changing any parts of the quirky and multicolored interiors," said realtor Matthew Cuddy. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining why virtual reality makes some people sick.
The Douglas C-47 Skytrain, also known as Dakota (RAF designation), is essentially military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II and remains in front line service with various military operators to the present day. The photo above shows one of the aircraft flying over the Giza pyramids in Egypt sometime during 1943. Continue reading for ten more fascinating colorized historical photos.