Category Archives: Technology

The scientific tourist #358 — “Little Boy” atomic bomb arming plugs

Courtesy of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, here are two small bits of history you’ve likely never seen before — arming plugs for the “Little Boy” atomic bomb… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #355 — Lulu-Belle

Courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C…. Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #354 — the Me 163 revisited

I talked a bit about the Me 163 some time back — but a recent trip to Washington D.C. left me with a bit of time for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, which meant I was able to get some shots of their copy of the “Komet”… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #351 — MGM-1 Matador missile

On display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it’s a Matador cruise missile… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #350 — bog iron, and the tools to produce it

On display at the National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik — it’s bog iron, and some of the tools needed to produce it… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — fascinating engineering facts about the Titanic

Sure, the sinking of the Titanic gets all the press — but the engineering that went into her and her sister ships in the Olympic-class was impressive for their time, and still is today. Bill (“Engineer Guy”) Hammack explains all… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #348 — Islendingur

On display at the Viking World museum near Iceland’s Keflavik Airport, it’s the Islendingur (“Icelander”) — a modern-day recreation of a Viking longship… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #345 — Glen Canyon Dam

A feat of engineering, yet also a remarkably controversial piece of concrete, it’s the Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #344 — “Cluster’s Last Stand”

Here, you see what was once the last flight-worthy Saturn IB launch vehicle, now on static display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #341 — the Concorde

Here, you’ve got an excellent example of the Concorde, on display with some friends at the National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia… Continue reading

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