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Software pioneer and ENIAC programmer Jean Bartik dies at 86

The New York Times has published an obituary for Jean Jennings Bartik, “one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software.” She died on March 23 at a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, NY, at age 86. She was the last surviving member of the… Read More »

Flying wing to wing with a spaceship: Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo + SpaceShipTwo at Virgin America’s new SFO Terminal

This morning I got up early, packed my bag and headed to the San Francisco International airport (SFO) to attend the opening of Virgin America’s new Terminal 2 (T2). I was expecting Sir Richard Branson to be there, and I had been told to keep an eye out for some appearance from some element of… Read More »

NASA Mars Science Laboratory + Curiosity Rover: first look (photo gallery)

[photo, above: MSL’s descent stage, which files the rover down to Mars’ surface using eight rockets, and lowers it on a tether for landing. The orange spheres are propellant tanks.] This week, Boing Boing was invited to visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the first and only opportunity for media to enter the Pasadena, CA… Read More »

Southwest’s “peeled plane” incident, and the true cost of cheap airline maintenance

TODAY I LEARNED: “metal fatigue” isn’t what happens when you listen to your favorite Slayer album one too many times. (milesobrien.com) Related: Two PBS Frontline documentaries, “Flying Cheap,” and “Flying Cheaper.“ (Photo: Southwest mechanics work on a Boeing 737 inside a hanger at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. REUTERS/Rick Scuteri)

Space image of the day: swirling palette of star-forming clouds

Here’s a beautiful new image just released today from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Explorer, or WISE: the busy star-forming complex called Rho Ophiuch, which is one of the closest star-forming complexes to Earth. More about the image: The amazing variety of different colors seen in this image represent different wavelengths of infrared light. The bright white… Read More »

Japan nuclear crisis: IAEA, Greenpeace report high contamination outside evacuation zone

Consequences of the nuclear crisis in Japan continue to expand. The March 11 quake and tsunami left 28,000 people dead or missing, and triggered a series of increasingly grave problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Separately, both the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Greenpeace have measured radioactivity levels outside the exclusion zone… Read More »