Mr. Wizard Knew That Girls Liked Science Too

At the very same time during the 1950s that some young women wondered why they should study science when all they wanted to do was get married, and magazines aimed at teen girls and women did their best to simultaneously both dispel and uphold the stereotype of the masculine female scientist, Don Herbert was busy… » 2/05/08 12:30pm 2/05/08 12:30pm

Why Housewives Need Science, 1955

Did you ever wonder why young, single women should waste their time in science class when they could be out tracking down eligible men? Listen and learn as Dad and Mom explain to their skeptical daughter Betty how science benefits married women, as well as those waiting for Mr. Right, in this clip from Why Study… » 2/04/08 12:50pm 2/04/08 12:50pm

In 1975, Arthur C. Clarke Predicted Flying Cars and Smarter Pets

One of the best Christmas presents I ever received was David Wallechinsky and David Wallace's The People's Almanac. Published in 1975, the Almanac covered all sorts of juicy topics to keep an impressionable 14-year-old happy—famous crimes, oddities, utopias, and (oh, baby!) sex. There was even an entire chapter devoted … » 1/31/08 12:40pm 1/31/08 12:40pm

Lost's Greatest Hits: Five Fabulous Favorites

With one week to go until the season 4 premiere, here's a short and subjective list of my five favorite moments from Lost. In retrospect, it's heavy on the first two seasons. They're in no particular order, except for the first: Desmond's Day in the Hatch. These first few minutes of season 2, in my book, represent Lost » 1/24/08 12:40pm 1/24/08 12:40pm

She Sweeps! She Dusts! She's the First Female Robot!

Meet the "first female robot," Susie Robette, from 1957. An FAO Schwartz catalog at the time promised the Robette would be "feminine enough to wear a pony tail of coppered wire." You can find more images here, as well as a patent sketch and some catalog pages, the latter of which reveal she was a product of the "Little Lady" … » 1/10/08 12:40pm 1/10/08 12:40pm