Extravagantly haired social theorist and raconteur Malcolm Gladwell made his return to the TED conference with this heartwarming story of the Norden bombsight, a revolutionary device designed to make carpet-bombing a little less indiscriminate circa World War II.
Bob Swerer Sr. is an outdoorsman first and filmmaker second. Based at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Bob Sr’s films document the wild just outside his doorstep and the frozen Alaskan ‘beyond’. It was through these films that we discovered Richard (Dick) Proenneke who we featured in Smith Journal volume one.
While most of us were blissfully unaware of the existence of the Parkes radio telescope until the release of that 2000 film, The Dish, this venerable 64m wide metallic hemisphere has been purring along at the forefront of Australian astronomy for exactly half a century.
Even now, a trip to Antarctica isn’t all beer and skittles. Yes, modern-day scientists and explorers swaddle themselves in North Face and pack their protein bars, but frostbite is frostbite, however you measure it (with gangrenous fingers, perhaps?).