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A painting of the Byford Dolphin diving bell floating in the North Sea.

The Grisly Truth Behind the Byford Dolphin Accident

The Byford Dolphin accident was a notorious 1983 disaster in the North Sea that killed four oil rig divers and an attending technician instantly. Explosive decompression was the cause of death for all five crewman, but the factors leading up to the accident are less understood than its gruesome aftermath.

Groups of people gathering on a frozen River Thames in London during the Little Ice Age.

What Can The Little Ice Age Tell Us About Climate Change?

Between AD 1300 and the 18th century, Northern Europe was heavily affected and reshaped by the centuries long drop in global temperatures known as the Little Ice Age. The world felt the effects of the Little Ice Age as well, and the lessons learned by humanity then could help us with our own climate change today.

An artwork inspired by the Wow! Signal, a mysterious radio signal detected in 1977.

The Wow! Signal: A Message from E.T?

For 72 seconds on August 15, 1977, a radio telescope in Ohio detected what may have been a signal from extraterrestrial intelligence. It was a narrow-band burst of radio waves, matching no known natural phenomenon, and it stood out like a sore thumb from the ordinary background noise of the cosmos.

A futuristic metropolis with sleek skyscrapers, bustling streets, and hovering vehicles, set against a backdrop of a stunning nebula.

The Voyager Golden Record: A Cosmic Message in a Bottle

NASA’s Voyager Golden Record, launched in 1977 aboard Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, is a time capsule of human civilization, designed to convey Earth’s essence to extraterrestrial beings. Featuring 115 images, greetings in 55 languages, natural sounds, and 90 minutes of diverse music, the Golden Record represents humanity’s first foray beyond our solar system. Though unlikely to be discovered, the record preserves a snapshot of our existence for the distant future.

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Inside Ford’s Failed Utopia: The Story of Fordlandia

Fordlandia, Henry Ford’s attempt at building an industrialized utopia in the Amazon rainforest, is a story of hubris and failure on an impressive scale. The titan of American manufacturing thought he could create a picture-perfect, self-sustaining city that would produce rubber for Ford tires, but it never did.