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Matt Blitz

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Past articles by Matt:

Laying Ice: Inside the Legendary Legacy of the Zamboni

When you think of ice skating, you think of a few things: the cold, the skates, and the Zamboni. → Read More

What Will the Internet Be Like in the Next 50 Years?

The internet turned 50 this week, but what comes next could be even more revolutionary. → Read More

Angels, Airships, and Aliens: The 3,500-Year History of UFO Sightings

UFOs are nothing new. In fact, they've followed humanity throughout our entire history. → Read More

How Our Trip to the Moon Pushed Innovation Here on Earth

You can thank NASA for the Dustbuster, memory foam mattresses, and more. → Read More

I Found Bigfoot...Maybe

I spent a weekend with the Bigfoot Field Research Organization searching for the large primate. We didn’t find the elusive creature. Or did we? → Read More

Why the World's Richest Man Wants Humans To Live on Floating Space Cities

They're called 'O'Neill Colonies,' and Amazon's Jeff Bezos wants them to be humanity's new home. → Read More

Later, Navigator: How Netscape Won and Then Lost the World Wide Web

Twenty-five years ago today, a group of tech pioneers founded the company that would eventually create Netscape Navigator. The browser lived a short life, but its legacy looms large. → Read More

Meet the A1000, the Advanced Animatronic Bringing Disney’s Star Wars Theme Park To Life

Fifty-five years of animatronics, from Pirates of the Caribbean to pirates of the Outer Rim. → Read More

Inside the Car Company That's Resurrecting the DeLorean

DMC’s headquarters doubles as a restoration garage and storage for thousands of original three-decade-old DeLorean parts. Soon, it will become an assembly hall for the revamped DeLorean. → Read More

Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries

Five things you may not know about the day that lives in infamy. → Read More

Houston, We Have a Resurrection: How Mission Control Came Back From the Brink

After years of neglect, two refurbished Mission Control consoles debut in anticipation of the Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary. → Read More

What "First Man" Gets Right About the Apollo Moon Landing

Damien Chazelle's biopic dispels mythology and makes the moon landing a uniquely personal affair. → Read More

Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot

For centuries, people have reportedly seen this mythical, huge primate-like animal in the woods of North America. → Read More

From Death Traps to Disneyland: The 600-Year History of the Roller Coaster

Rides may be faster and taller over the centuries, but the rules of physics still apply. → Read More

The Real Science of Bringing Back the Dinosaurs

Jack Horner, a paleontologist who inspired a character in the original Jurassic Park, says science is ready to resurrect our cold-blooded forebears. But should we? → Read More

Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton

This is the story of the two pistols from the Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton duel. → Read More

We Already Know How To Build a Time Machine

It’s just a matter of time before we build a machine that can take us into the far future. → Read More

We Can Explore Instead of Believe: Inside the Epic Hunt for E.T.

After a millennia of wondering, humanity can finally search out intelligent alien life—and SETI is leading the charge. → Read More

The Future Machines of the Year 2100

Space elevators, tiny machine “swarms,” flying cars, and human/machine mind melds are just the beginning of the future. → Read More

The Robot Presidents Who Rule Disney World

Disney World's Hall of Presidents has a strange 60-year history, and soon, they'll be adding a 44th robot commander-in-chief. → Read More