The US Once Launched Millions of Copper Needles Into Space

Earth once had a ring of copper, and bits of it are still there.

When it comes to imagining new technology, the sky is the limit. No point in letting your scheme get bogged down by reality when you’re just brainstorming. But sometimes, ideas that really shouldn’t make it out of the brainstorming session escape into the real world. Or worse — into low-Earth orbit. This is the story of how the U.S. once launched millions of copper needles into space on purpose.

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Peter Grünberg, 78, Winner of an ‘iPod Nobel,’ Is Dead – The New York Times

Discovering how to store vast amounts of data by manipulating magnetic and electrical fields paved the way for devices like the smartphone.

Scientists harvest 1st vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.

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Ada Lovelace, Mathematician Who Wrote the First Computer Program – The New York Times

Lovelace thought of math and logic as creative and imaginative, and her writings about computing in the mid-1800s earned her recognition as the first computer programmer.