An Unsung Hero of Gaming History Deserves a Higher Profile
Jerry Lawson, the inventor of the game cartridge, isn't quite a household name. A podcast aims to shed some light on his life and accomplishments.
By Alex Miller
The Prisoner Who Revolutionized Language With a Teacup
While imprisoned for being a “reactionary,” physicist and engineer Zhi Bingyi began devising a system to help computing machines read Chinese characters.
By Jing Tsu
Tropical Futurism Envisions the Climate of Our Fate
Futurism has failed. It’s time for an alternative. In the era of climate change, tropical futurism reimagines a different relationship to the earth.
By Alex Quicho
A Cosmic Ray Event Pinpoints the Viking Landing in Canada
The celestial storm produced carbon-14 atoms found in the rings of a tree felled by Norse explorers, proving they made it to North America 1,000 years ago.
By Dan Falk
West Point Chemists Re-Create Medieval Gunpowder Recipes
Following an antique manuscript, researchers mixed up (and then blew up) some early formulations to learn how explosive-making has evolved.
By Eric Niiler
Can a Game Get Young Players Interested in Holocaust History?
The Light in the Darkness, co-written by a researcher and Holocaust survivor, aims to educate a new generation—and inspire them to learn more.
By Katherine Brodsky
Streaming Games to Your TV Actually Started in the '80s
Subscription video gaming services seem like a new idea. But 40 years before Game Pass, you could get Burgertime straight to your tube.
By Matthew Smith
My Mother Is Gone. But Her Digital Voice Helps Keep Me Well
I made the audio recording shortly before she passed. I didn't know that it would become a powerful tool to keep me motivated.
By Idrissa Simmonds
The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill
All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.
By Megan Molteni
Fighting Games Like Mortal Kombat Have Come a Long Way
The genre has long relied on racial and gender stereotypes. Recent strides in diversity have made it better (and more fun) to choose your fighter.
By De'Angelo Epps
Howard Scott Warshaw Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Video Games
Better known as HSW, the legendary Atari developer talks about the infamous E.T. game, his new book, and why Steven Spielberg still hasn’t called him back.
By Jerry Bonner
Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them
People once folded their correspondence in intricate ways, known as “letterlocking,” to keep out snoops. A fancy new imaging technique sees right through it.
By Matt Simon
I Love Reading 1980s Computer Magazines, and So Should You
It’s not just a nostalgia thing. Sifting through the past often leads to something new.
By Samuel Arbesman
What Hades Can Teach Us About Ancient Greek Masculinity
Everyone in the game may be hot, but some of the characterizations we see aren't as subversive as you might think.
By Autumn Wright