The Future Of Transportation Used To Look So Much More Sensational

Nobody thinks about future methods of transportation or commuting and thinks "Wow, that's going to be incredible" any more. But for 100 years, from the Radium Age to the Space Age, people's imaginations were on fire. Commuter rockets! Super-fast trains! UFO buses. Check out the most beguiling illustrations below. » 5/06/14 3:15pm 5/06/14 3:15pm

The Zeppelin Train, The Aerotrain And Other Classic Streamlined Trains

Long before there were bullet trains and high-speed light rail systems, people experimented with creating super-streamlined trains that could whisk people across the country in Googie splendor. In some alternate universe, these streamlined trains of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are still in service. » 4/18/14 2:34pm 4/18/14 2:34pm

The Most Retro-Futuristic DMV in America

In 1979, two artists covered a Southern California building with futuristic murals. They painted moon motorcycles, high-tech highways, and spaceships that would look right at home in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. But as delightfully retro-futuristic as the building is on the outside, what happens inside may… » 3/06/14 3:35pm 3/06/14 3:35pm

Are elevated bicycle highways the future of transportation?

Bicycles are an amazing form of transportation — they get you from A to B quickly, without harming the environment, and they're terrific exercise. But biking in a city or on a highway can also be dangerous. So for over 100 years, people have designed elevated highways just for bikes — and a couple of them have even… » 2/25/14 4:01pm 2/25/14 4:01pm

Asimov's 2014 Predictions Were Shockingly Conservative For 1964

In 1964, sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov penned a piece for the New York Times with his predictions for the world of 2014. Looking at the World's Fair of 50 years hence, Asimov imagined 3D TV, underground cities, and colonies on the moon. Many people online have hailed this as an incredible example of prescient thinking,… » 8/29/13 4:32pm 8/29/13 4:32pm

Giant mechanical mosquitoes will conquer nature!

In 1921, Dr. Gustav Luchy, a Swiss scientist, and the Chevalier Pini, an inventor, collaborated on devising a machine to conquer the Antarctic. They needed a model on which to base their invention — something that sheltered its crew, but was more maneuverable than a train or car. So of course, they settled on the… » 8/23/13 7:00am 8/23/13 7:00am