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Evan Ackerman

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Evan Ackerman is a native Oregonian who now lives, somewhat unwillingly, in San Francisco. He has a background in creative writing and astrogeology, neither of which are necessarily appropriate for someone who is now a full-time blogger. Evan also writes for IEEE Spectrum's robotics blog, and when he's not parked at his computer with his eyes glazed over, you can find him getting injured on a soccer field or playing bagpipes excellently.

 
In the 1950s, nuclear power was something new and amazing and nobody was really thinking about the dangers of radiation. Instead, they were thinking about how to cram nuclear reactors into everything that moved, from cars to planes to zeppelins.
 
This Game Boy and its obligatory Tetris cartridge were taken aboard the Mir space station by cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov in 1993. It stayed in space for nearly 200 days, and was no doubt responsible for many lost hours of productivity. Now, it can be yours, along with a bunch of other cool stuff that's being auctioned off in New York on Thursday.

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