Where the Future Came From: A Trip Through the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

What would you do if you had a time machine? Go watch the ancient Egyptian pyramids being built? Hang out with Jesus and turn some water into wine? Kill Hitler, maybe? These are all, no doubt, noble endeavors. But I've often said—and I stand by this—that if I had a time machine, I'd go visit the 1893 World's Fair in… » 7/16/13 11:15am 7/16/13 11:15am

Ask Elon Musk Anything You Want About Nikola Tesla, Tesla Motors, And…

When everyone was running away from electric cars, Elon Musk invested in them with Tesla. When the government was reducing its commitment to space, Elon Musk started SpaceX. When Nikola Tesla fans said they needed help preserving his lab, Elon Musk stepped up to help. Whatever your opinion of Elon Musk (we've had… » 8/30/12 11:45am 8/30/12 11:45am

Campaign To Save Tesla's Lab Raises $850,000 In A Week

Last week, we told you that the founder of The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman, was looking for a way to purchase Nikola Tesla's old tower and make it into a museum. In just one week, his $850,000 fundraising goal has been reached and exceeded. Wow! » 8/22/12 1:30pm 8/22/12 1:30pm

Elon Musk Pledges To Support Nikola Tesla Museum Project

It was brought to my attention last night that The Oatmeal was trying to help turn Nikola Tesla's lab into a museum. At one point The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman tweeted Elon Musk — Tesla Motors CEO and Tesla fan — asking him if he'd like to help. » 8/16/12 12:30pm 8/16/12 12:30pm

Nikola Tesla's Mysterious Electric Car Had No Batteries (And Probably…

The modern Tesla is known for making modern electric cars, but the truth is the original Nikola Tesla made an electric car — and he did it all without batteries, way back in 1931. Since it was the man's 156th birthday earlier this month, and since that man essentially created the modern world as we know it, we kind of… » 7/16/12 2:00pm 7/16/12 2:00pm

Scientists Beam Electricity Through Air

You ever read The Onion's, "Our Dumb Century?" Allow me to paraphrase the bit about the Moon Landing, "HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! SCIENTISTS BEAM MOTHERFUCKING ELECTRICITY THROUGH THE GOD DAMN AIR!!!" Thank you. Given the right car, all we need is some infrastructure and a diaper little cold fusion, and we'll be able to kick… » 6/13/07 10:15am 6/13/07 10:15am