On a Monday morning, you found a mysterious blueprint behind your bookshelf that includes every detail on how to build an actual biplane. You were bewildered but inspired by this surprise, so it made sense to you to surprise someone else by traveling back in time, arriving somewhere in the 1890s. You happened to wander into one of the Wright Cycle Company shops to share your biplane blueprint, hoping to make an impression on the owners. Fair enough, the two shop owners — Orville and Wilbur — developed a deep passion for flight. …


In the early 1600s, the first astronomical telescope was created by Galileo Galilei in Italy. As technology advances, humans have successfully found a better way to explore the universe today. It is the invention of the largest machine in the world — the Large Hadron Collider.

Built underground on the France-Switzerland border, it is a particle accelerator that collides two beams of particles directly at a speed of light, guided by thousands of superconducting electromagnets. Its purpose is to allow physicists to discover new substances by crashing various particles in the LHC, which hopefully, can contribute to explaining how everything…


Aviation technology helps prevent dangerous situations before they become a problem. It has drastically improved aviation safety over the past decades, and accident rates have been lower than ever. In the cockpit is where it matters the most — cockpit instruments, monitors, and computer systems are crucial in every stage of the flight in every condition. For instance, pilots flying in IFR conditions are trained to fully trust their avionics to avoid false visual cues. Even in VFR conditions, pilots need to rely on their airspeed indicator, altimeter, navigation systems, etc.

On rare occasions, however, pilots must resolve in-flight failures…


Almost 7 years after the release, Interstellar feels somewhat relevant again. As the climate crisis becomes catastrophic and creates an uninhabitable world for humanity, every second turns out to be more precious than ever. Cooper and NASA’s mission to resolve the livelihood crisis could either make or break humankind.

In our unpredictable world in search of stability, the pandemic has separated human intimacy and taken away many precious moments we could’ve had. …


It is said that life is too short to be lived counting the years. When working non-stop to attain a fruitful life seems like a good idea, sometimes it’s better to take a break from the chaos and self-reflect for a moment.

1. If you could only capture 3 images of your life, what would they be and why?


Feelings are just like clouds. They come, and they go.

They come, and they go.

Trapped in my room sitting in front of my computer, I desperately searched for ways to break free of depression.

It was a feeling of hopelessness, a sense of insecurity, an explosion of franticness.

I was panicking as my eyes were soaking and showing permanent despair, hoping that I could somehow strive through the darkest moment of my life. But there was nothing left to support me no matter how hard I tried.

What happened three years ago was a life-changing event for me. At…


All of us desire a productive and fulfilling life. We want to complete our prioritized tasks in the mornings instead of procrastinating and leaving them for the afternoons, when we could spend more time with our families and friends. We want to stop wasting time, be more efficient, self-disciplined, and be more happy in life…

A couple years ago, I decided to customize my own morning routine and get into a healthy rhythm that sets up a positive vibe for the day. I get myself pumped up, ready to tackle day and enjoy myself out there. …


3,500ft in the air, sitting in the left seat of a Cessna 172 with your flight instructor on the right, you soar above highways and landmarks in your first introductory flight. As you talk back and forth with your instructor about the indicators and switches on the cockpit panel, he suddenly quit talking. You turn to him — his eyes begin to close, his body starts to lean forward, and the plane starts to lose control and nose dive…

You urge yourself to wake up, but you realize this is no joke. So buckle up — these four steps may…

Tingyo Tan

Writer in aerospace, astrophysics, technology, and inspirational stories. Always fascinated by the wonders of the uncertain future.

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