The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see

Here are all the photos flying through interstellar space on Voyager’s Golden Record. When Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 launched into space in 1977, their mission was to explore the outer solar system, and over the following decade, they did so admirably. With an 8-track tape memory system and onboard computers that are thousands of Read MoreRead More

A Brief History of the Camera Flash, From Explosive Powder to LED Lights

  Since the first days of photography, a little extra light was needed to get a proper exposure – check out these different strategies used to illuminate the subject, if only for a brief second. The first known photograph was captured in 1826 when light reacted with a particular type of asphalt known as Bitumen of Judea. Read MoreRead More

The Fascinating History of Animation

Long before Pixar and today’s CGI special effects extravaganzas, early animators of the silent era experimented and introduced new techniques into filmmaking. Mark Quigley gives us a tour of the silent animation collection at UCLA’s Film & Television Archive – one of the few places in the world that captures this rich history of early Read MoreRead More

Watch this 1907 Edwin S. Porter film The “Teddy” Bears -Which Includes a Very Early Example of Stop Motion Animation

On a hunting trip in 1902, then President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot an American Black Bear that had been tied to a tree. The story became the origin of the Teddy Bear. Here only 5 years after the event, Edwin S. Porter, one of Edison’s chief filmmakers, created a short playing on Goldilocks as Read MoreRead More

Walt Disney, a Visionary Who Was Crazy Like a Mouse

How Walt Disney tossed the corporate playbook in order to dream big. Here is something that might surprise you: Walt Disney, that icon of American ingenuity, was in financial straits through most of his career. You probably thought he would have been a business genius — a model for others to study. But Disney was Read MoreRead More

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