Nirvana plays live at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, promoting Bleach. Ed Sirrs/Camera Press.
Biographies
Biographies

A Wild, Too-Brief Ride: Kurt Cobain and Nirvana

Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic comprised Nirvana, the band that unintentionally tore the music world asunder with the 1991 album Nevermind. The record that includes hits such as "Smells like Teen Spirit," "Come as You Are," Read More

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History
History

Where is the Bismarck?

During World War II, the German Navy was a powerful force, defeating British naval defense throughout western Europe. Among the German fleet was its fiercest ship, a juggernaut named Bismarck. In May 1941, after attacking and sinking the Read More

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Space
Space

What are Micrometeorites?

Every day approximately 100 metric tons of cosmic dust collides with Earth, mainly in the form of micrometeorites. Most of these mineral particles (iron, nickel, etc.) are smaller than grains of sand, and they are falling down on us all the Read More

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History
History

The Great Escapers

Stalag Luft III was a German prison camp during World War II. It was opened in March 1942, about 100 miles from Berlin. This camp was soon filled with more than 10,000 Allied Air Force officers. These officers did all they could to give the Read More

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Aviation
Aviation

7 of the First Spyplanes

For more than a century, spy planes have been invaluable in obtaining information from others that they don’t want people to know. Through the years, manned spy planes have had great influence on many missions. Here are some of the first Read More

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History
History

A Short History of Rum

When we think about the origins of rum, pirates come to mind. While it's true that this is the namesake for well-known brands like Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry, to get a true glimpse of the origins of rum, you need to look closely at the Read More

The Mercury Control center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, is shown during Glenn’s mission. The three orbits are inscribed on the map, as are the range of the various tracking stations for Glenn in his orbit not much more than 100 miles (160 km) above the Earth. NaSa
Space
Space

The Origins of Mission Control

Mission Control is the main set up on the ground that is used to track the ships and communicate with the astronauts in them. Although this might now seem like an obvious thing to have, mission control did not always exist. But without Read More

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History
History

How Captain Cook Chose the Right Ship

Captain Cook put a lot of thought into the ships he took out on voyages. These ships had to be built right to withstand the conditions they would encounter. Captain Cook did not believe that just any ship would do. In the passage below he Read More

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Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

Route 66 Comes to an End

When Route 66 was first constructed it officially ended in downtown LA. The public however, decided that it ended at at Santa Monica pier. To show this, a movie studio put up a sign, naming it as the end of the road, which was Read More

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Aviation
Aviation

Skunk Works: 1940’s Models

Skunk Works, the historically secretive aircraft manufacturer was responsible for bringing to life the SR-71 Blackbird, an essential fighting jet. This, however was not the first, or the only plane developed by Skunk Works. Since they began Read More

Cars on the Road gas station and corner store.
Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

Thirteen Amazing Miles

The shortest stretch of Route 66 is the 13 miles that run through Kansas. It was is also the only state that was bypassed when the new interstate highway replaced Route 66. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Route Read More

Flight deck crewmen aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln assemble amid a broad spectrum of colored jerseys that designate their responsibilities during flight operations. Commissioned in November 1989, the Abraham Lincoln played an integral role in relief efforts following an earthquake that ravaged large areas of Indonesia in 2004. The carrier also deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo: US Navy
Aviation
Aviation

Aircraft Carriers: Color Coding Flight Operations

Flight operations aboard a modern aircraft carrier require the seamless, perfectly choreographed efforts of a number of highly trained teams. Michael Haskew, author of Aircraft Carriers: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Important Read More