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Margaret Hamilton, the lead software designer for the Apollo 11 mission, sits in a mock-up of the Apollo 12 command module.

Your Smart Toaster Can’t Hold a Candle to the Apollo Computer

Despite what everyone says about the power of modern devices, they’re nowhere near as capable as the landmark early NASA system.


The Watch That Went to the Moon

Fifty years ago, Buzz Aldrin wore his Omega Speedmaster Professional on the lunar surface. It’s been an icon—and a bestseller—ever since.

Radio City Music Hall sits dark during the 2019 Manhattan blackout.
David Dee Delgado / Getty

Revenge of the Power Grid

Infrastructure doesn’t only exist when it fails.

Voters use electronic voting machines.
Alex Sanz / AP

Computer Scientists Make the Case Against an Expensive New Voting System

Georgia is preparing to spend $150 million on election technology. Experts worry it will be a security nightmare.