Prototype Soviet Laser Pistol
Created in 1984; housed in the museum of the “Peter the Great Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Troops” in Moscow. This pistol used a clip of disposable pyrotechnic flash cartridges as ammunition and was apparently meant for use against enemy optical systems.
That’s gonna diminish the resale value of that spaceship.
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Wonder Stories Quarterly, Summer 1930. Cover by Frank R. Paul.
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A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.
It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288.
Some photographs of Project Pigeon.
This was a project undertaken during World War II. Behavioural Psychologist B.F. Skinner attempted to develop a missile guidance system controlled by pigeons.
Three pigeons, inserted in the compartments of the nose-cone pictured above, were to be trained to recognize a target and peck on the inner surface of the lens in front of them. As long as the pecks were centred, the missile would fly straight; if the missile’s course were to veer off-target, the off-centre pecks would alter trajectory and bring the missile back on course.
The project was cancelled in 1944. “Our problem”, said Skinner, “was no one would take us seriously.”
June 1914 cover of the American socialist magazine “The Masses”. The illustration by John Sloan depicts the Ludlow Massacre of April 20th, 1914, an incident in which the Colorado National Guard attacked a tent camp of 1,200 striking coal miners, killing thirty nine people including several women and children.