Today in Tech History: July 7, 2008 Video
Today in Tech History: July 7, 2008 Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Molly Wood. It's July 8, 2008, and here's what happened today in technology history. Space alien fans call today the UFO Roswell Incident. On this date in 1947, the Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release saying its personnel had recovered debris from a crashed "flying disc." Later that day, the Air Force said it was actually a balloon, not a flying saucer, and after THAT, a press conference confirmed it was definitely a weather balloon. Case closed until 1978, when an Air Force Major involved in the original recovery told a "ufologist" that the military had covered up evidence of an alien ship. And it's been all downhill from there. Today marks the death of Christiaan Huygens, who died in 1695. He was a Dutch mathematician, astronomer and physicist closely associated with the scientific revolution. He argued that light consisted of waves, helped develop calculus, discovered Saturn's moon Titan, postulated on the possibility of alien life, and patented the pocket watch in 1675. This is the birth date of Ferdinand von Zeppelin, born in 1838. He invented the Zeppelin Airship in the 1900s. And finally, on this date in 1920, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen was born. He was the son of the Lego Group founder, he bought the patent to the Lego brick in 1949, and he eventually developed the Lego as we know it today. That was a meaty collection of historical tech trivia, no? More to chew on tomorrow.
Chernobyl, space crashes, and plane crashes. It's a terrible day in tech history.
NASA's unmanned Morpheus lander erupted into a ball of flame when it hit the ground during its first free-flight test today.
CNET News.com's Caroline McCarthy reports from the debut of the movie "Snakes on a Plane." It first gained notoriety through an unauthorized, and heavily viewed, movie clip on YouTube. We asked movie-goers how they heard about "Snakes."
While the plane goes down in Flames, indie folk darling Connor Oberst sings a happy song. This video was directed by Cat Solen, and this song is from the record "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning," released on Saddle Creek.
The first plane to fly day and night on solar power took off Friday from Moffett Field in California, headed across the U.S. Two pilots will take turns flying 20-hour stretches apiece on the 5-leg trip, ending at New York's JFK Airport in early July. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a car, and will travel about 40 miles an hour.
Monster buys Yahoo HotJobs, we have some early photos of the first WiMax phone from Sprint, and young people do not blog anymore. Plus: Loaded is 2 years old today!
Get a first look at Disney Electronics new MP3 player in action.
Special edition Maserati ramps up the cabin tech. We take a first look at the 2008 Detroit auto show.
This car is a tech showcase in a sultry, new package. Get a first look at the 2008 Infiniti G35s.
Does Monster intentionally engineer its headphones to leak sound? Joseph Kaminski joins The 404 for a discussion about this and more noise offenses on today's podcast.