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Nikola Tesla

  1. This Musical Tribute To Nikola Tesla Is Approximately 1000000x Cooler Than Thomas Edison

    Seriously, Thomas Edison is the worst.

    Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal) loves Nikola Tesla. Like, really loves Nikola Tesla. Inman loves Tesla so much that Inman actually saved Tesla's former laboratory from destruction, owns it, and now wants to turn it into a Tesla Museum. So rad. To educate the rest of the world about how awesome Tesla is, Inman and Sarah Donner created this musical homage to his brilliance, and it's pretty great.

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  2. Elon Musk Just Gave Nikola Tesla a $1 Million Birthday Present

    Reminder to Self : Invite Elon Musk to my next birthday party.

    Today would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday. A lot of people are celebrating, but it's going to be tough to beat Elon Musk's gift. According to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, Musk just donated $1 million and a Tesla Supercharging Station to the organization.

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  3. Glenn Beck Is Making A Movie About Tesla And Edison

    Well, this could become a cult favorite.

    Glenn Beck says he is tired of politics, he's tired of Hollywood, and he's tired of all the fame and glory being given to "bad man" Thomas Edison. It's the biased biopic that I never would have expected: Glenn Beck is making a movie revealing the darkness behind the (debatable) inventor of the light bulb. Presumably, GE will not be sponsoring.

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  4. Nikola Tesla Died 70 71 Years Ago Today, Listen to His Eulogy by NYC Mayor LaGuardia

    "The important part of Tesla lives in his achievement which is great, almost beyond calculation..."

    Nikola Tesla died 71 years ago today on January 7th, 1943 in room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel. His eulogy was delivered over the radio -- which he invented -- by then New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. If you have a few minutes to remember a genius, you can listen to it right now.

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  5. Watch Live as Nikola Tesla Monument is Dedicated at His Wardenclyffe Lab

    Will the statue shoot lightning? We feel like it should shoot lightning.

    Nikola Tesla will be remembered today as Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic dedicates a monument on the site of Tesla's Shoreham, New York lab. The dedication is being live streamed and you can watch it right here at noon Eastern. Take a look.

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  6. 7 Geek Vacation Destinations

    We find your lack of relaxation disturbing.

    Culturally, Summer is over, and the autumnal equinox is just a few days away to make it official, so we figure it's a great time to start daydreaming about next year's Summer vacation. We've put together some suggestions for geeky destinations you may not have considered so you can start planning early.

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  7. Do We Over-Aggrandize Nikola Tesla? PBS Idea Channel Explains the Two Nikolas Tesla

    We all know Tesla was great, but we might be overdoing it a little bit.

    Nikola Tesla was a brilliant innovator, and the world owes him a lot, but he's far from the superhero many people make him out to be. In the latest episode of PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta looks at the idea of the real Tesla vs. the myth of Tesla, which is also real. It's complicated.

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  8. Great Work, Internet! We’re Getting a Tesla Statue That’s Also a Time Capsule and Wi-Fi Hotspot

    And what do you do with a statue of Nikola Tesla that's also a Wi-Fi hotspot and a time capsule? Send it to Mars, of course.

    In spite of being dead, Nikola Tesla is having a pretty good year. His New York lab was just purchased by a group of admirers looking to turn it into a museum, he could be getting his own cartoon, and now there will be a statue built in his honor in Silicon Valley. And not just any statue -- this one will double as a Wi-Fi hotspot, triple as a time capsule, and it could even be going to Mars in 2043.

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  9. Group The Oatmeal Raised Money for Successfully Purchases Nikola Tesla’s Lab

    Remember back in August when The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman raised $1.3 million dollars to buy Tesla's old laboratory and build a museum? It looks like things are moving ahead for the project. The group Inman was raising money for successfully bought the Shoreham property last week. So when can we go play at the Tesla Science Center?

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  10. Make This Happen: Indiegogo Campaign to Create a Nikola Tesla Animated Series

    Two animation and science enthusiasts are trying to make every geek's dreams come true. The guys behind Wood Goblin Studios have an Indiegogo campaign to fund the pilot of a cartoon about Nikola Tesla. To make it even nerdier and more perfect, his sidekick is Mark Twain, and they travel through time battling Thomas Edison, because of course they do. My only question about this cartoon is why doesn't it already exist?

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  11. Things We Saw Today: Star Wars-Disney-Palooza

    Things We Saw Today

    This Pixar/Star Wars mashup is so simple, yet so good. (
  12. He's ba-ack! Henri the Existentialist French cat ponders the meaning (or lack thereof) of Halloween, via The Frisky.
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  • Nikola Tesla Museum Might Actually be Happening; Science History Geeks the World Over Rejoice

    Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Yes.

    Ladies and gentlemen: We are one step closer to a Nikola Tesla museum. In case you haven't been following the efforts of The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman and the non-profit group previously know as Friends of Science East to turn the final laboratory of the eccentric genius and inventor of alternating current into the Tesla Science Center, here's a brief summary: In 2009 the Agfa Corporation, which owned the Long Island site on which Tesla's Wardenclyffe estate is situated, put the property up for sale. Using crowdfunding, Inman hoped to raise $850,000 to go towards purchasing the property, which was listed at $1.6 million. He breezed past that mark in six days and eventually went on to raise $1.4 million. And last Friday Friends of Science East, now known as the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, officially bought the property. Take that, Thomas Edison Center.

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  • The Oatmeal Has Already Met the Tesla Museum Funding Goal

    In what is obviously a sign of the power of the Internet, The Oatmeal's fundraiser to preserve the site of Nikola Tesla's last laboratory has already met its goal -- less than a week after the fundraiser went live. As of writing, there are still 39 days left to help fund the construction of a museum on the site. That first $850,000 is just for the property, after all.

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  • The Oatmeal is Trying to Build a Gorram Tesla Museum

    Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, is at it again. In conjunction with the non-profit Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, Inman has started a fundraiser to raise $850,000 to purchase the land that includes Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe laboratory in order to eventually turn it into a museum. The area is currently up for sale and there's apparently a second offer on the table from someone that wants the land. This could mean that the lab would be torn down to make way for something else, because we don't have enough shopping centers.

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  • 10 Instances In Which History Meets Geekery

    Power Grid

    History: It’s chock full of colorful characters and crazy random happenstances. But more often than not, when a historical character makes it to the big screen it’s in the form of a  cookie-cutter biopic. What gives? History is dynamic and exciting! As a history geek, I’d much rather see Napoleon fighting wizards and fairy kings than some boring Oscar bait biopic on the (actually not short!) Emperor. Here are ten examples from TV and film of history geekery done right. Your favorite not make it to the list? There’s a historical character (*coughArthurConanDoylecough*) you really want to show up on Doctor Who? Want to defend Anastasia? Get thee to the comments.

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  • Don’t Ask for The Moon, Ask for the Apollo Lander: The Jewelry of The Science Boutique

    she blinded me with science

    On this Memorial Day Monday, when sales and special offers abound, you might be tempted to some retail therapy, and we wouldn't blame you. But might we recommend Churrts Etsy store The Science Boutique, whether you're looking for a hair clip with Nikola Tesla on it, or just something to round out your Ms. Frizzle cosplay.

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  • Today is Thomas Edison’s Birthday, Why Don’t You Learn Something About Him? [Video]

    Besides his feud with nerd icon (nerdicon?) Nikola Tesla and having a middle name of  "Alva," what do you really know about Thomas Edison? Probably not much, and since it's his birthday it's only appropriate that you let Jeremiah Warren teach you a little something. Go on, learning is good for you.

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  • Happy 155th Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

    On July 10, 1856, Nikola Tesla was born in what is now modern day Croatia. He would go on to study electrical engineering and lay the groundwork for much of the technology that we take for granted in modern society. Alternating current, electric motors, radio, radar, and wireless energy transmission are just a few of the high water marks in his career. He was also best buddies with Mark Twain. Celebrated in his time, Tesla fell into relative obscurity after some failed grandiose projects and patent battles. He died in 1943 with little money to his name in a New York hotel room. After falling out of popular history for a time, his prestige has increased in modern times. Tesla's status as a wronged genius, with a dash of mad scientist thrown in, has grown his legacy substantially. His likeness has appeared in film, comics, and his name was adopted by the makers of the first electric roadster. So raise a glass today to Nikola Tesla, the eccentric genius of the age! (via Neatorama)

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  • This is a Picture of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla

    You know, no big deal. Afflicted with curiosity about their friendship? Well, you now have the tools to remedy that.

    (via Marginal Revolution, thanks Andrew!)

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  • Geekolinks: 7/14

    The trouble at Twitter Inc. (Valleywag) Tweet. (McSweeney's) Hmm: Vaseline's Indian skin whitening app (Styleite) Tesla on death rays (Letters of Note) Geeky My Little Pony mods (Boredville) iPad alternatives: Where are they now? (TechCrunch) 6 Boring New England locations made awesome by H.P. Lovecraft (Topless Robot) (title image via Great White Snark)

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