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Babbage the teddy bear re-creates Baumgartner skydive

Tumbling from a hydrogen balloon at 24 miles up, a plush toy shows its own daredevil mettle.

By Aug. 28, 2013


Putting the Babbage Difference Engine to work (photos)

At the Computer History Museum, CNET gets a look at Charles Babbage's computing and printing machine, designed in the 1840s to rid data sheets of human error.

6 Images By Dec. 7, 2010


Famed Babbage machine could come back to life

Campaign under way to use Charles Babbage's original blueprints to create a working version of his steam-powered Analytical Engine, the world's first programmable non-digital computer.

By Oct. 19, 2010


Bid to cross Atlantic in flying rowboat fizzles, balloonist rescued

Ambitious stunt doesn't quite fly, as Canadian news chopper picks up North Carolina man who landed in Newfoundland.

By Sep. 13, 2013


Hands-on with Babbage's Difference Engine

You think the MacBook Air is a beautiful computer? It's got nothing on this five-ton, Victorian-era beast.

By Dec. 7, 2010


Can Jane Austen + steampunk spark girls' science fire?

Jordan Stratford wants to write a fun historical novel for kids that will give girls like his 9-year-old daughter strong role models in science and tech. He's turned to the Internet for help.

By Apr. 13, 2012


Photos: The Victorian engine that could

A forward-thinking mathematician and engineer, Charles Babbage designed the Difference Engine in 1847. His work is now on display.

By May. 5, 2008


This week in Crave: The brainiac edition

This week, we used zombies for target practice, viewed the world through a 60-foot kaleidoscope, and turned a 21-story building into a giant game of Tetris.

By Apr. 28, 2012


The Anonymous hackers: Are they really the Borg?

In an instant-chat interview with The Economist, the group attacking sites that have offended WikiLeaks offer a glimpse into their "Star Trek" psyche.

By Dec. 9, 2010


At Google I/O, Larry Page preaches a tech fantasia

The CEO charms the Google faithful in an informal Q&A to wrap up the I/O keynote, but his answers cleverly complain about industry backstabbing while promising a utopia driven by tech.

By May. 16, 2013