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Retrospectacle: Lava Lamps

The vibrant color and mesmerizing motion of the lava lamp is a trademark of the 1960s. But this counterculture staple has a surprising origin.

Hubble Repaired

Servicing this camera is no easy feat. When the Hubble telescope was delivering sub-par imagery ... more

Comic Books Scare Parents

Today, comic books are part of our mainstream culture. But, in the early 1950s, comics turned ... more

Gas Mask Patent

An invention whose basic concept is still being used to save lives today was patented on October ... more
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