20 years ago: Hot sci/tech images from 1995

From Bill Gates to cool drones and space shots it was a cool year, mostly

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A look back

As we wind down 2015, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at what some of the hot topics were 20 years ago. Remember Lou Gerstner of IBM trying to grab up Lotus? Do you even remember Lotus? Microsoft loved Apple too. It was an interesting time. Take a look at 1995.

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IBM
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Hostile Lou

International Business Machines Corp. Chairman Louis Gerstner answers a reporter's questions at a June 1995 news conference in New York where the computer giant announced a hostile takeover attempt of the Lotus Development Corporation. IBM was offering to buy the computer software maker for $3.3 billion in cash.

Gates deeply committed to Apple?
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Gates deeply committed to Apple?

Bill Gates (R), chairman of Microsoft, is greeted by European Commission President Jacques Santer. Gates said his software company was deeply committed to Apple Computer Inc. despite a long-running copyright lawsuit that had been settled in February.

Dark Star
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Dark Star

The prototype unmanned aerial vehicle "DarkStar" developed by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and Boeing Defense and Space Group is shown here in a computer-enhanced photo suggesting how it would have appeared in flight. The reconnaissance drone, designed to send back information on enemy locations to field commanders, was unveiled on June by Lockheed Martin.

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Computers beat man

World chess champion Garry Kasparov (L) plays against a Pentium chess computer in a TV studio in Cologne. Kasparov had been beaten by the computer in a match in Munich a year previously.

Portable computers!
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Portable computers!

IBM’s new ThinkPad portable computer, code named the Butterfly, seen in this photograph March 1995. The new ThinkPad model computer, dubbed ThinkPad 701C and 701CS, has an expanding keyboard that unfolds from inside the machine into a larger size keyboard when the tiny 4.5 pound computer is opened. The keyboard mechanically expands and opens to a fuller size keyboard with 85 keys, some hanging over the machine's edges, the closest a subnotebook has come to the standard 102 keys.

Yeay, Windows 95!
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Yeay, Windows 95!

Singaporeans queue at midnight for their copies of the newly introduced Microsoft Windows 95 operating system inside a shopping mall August 1995.

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NASA

Your probe sir

This Hubble Space Telescope image of the planet Jupiter details the site, indicated by arrow, where the Galileo atmospheric probe will enter Jupiter's atmosphere for a 75-minute parachute descent on Dec. 7, 1995.

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NASA

Slamming Jupiter

This computer image shows the Galileo spacecraft in its final approach to the planet Jupiter, a few hours before it will collect the Galileo probe's data from inside Jupiter's atmosphere.

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Hurricane line-up

The Geostationary Operation Environment Satellite (GOES-8) captured a parade of hurricanes and tropical storms Aug. 30 in what was an unusually active hurricane season in the Caribbean. They are Hurricane Luis, Aug. 28-Sept. 11, Tropical Storm Karen, Aug. 26- Sept. 3, Hurricane Humberto Aug. 22-Sept. 4 and Tropical Storm Jerry, Aug. 23-25.

Hawking marries
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Hawking marries

Stephen Hawking and his bride Elaine Mason pose for photographs after the blessing of their wedding at St. Barnabus Church September 1995. The two are honeymooned in Scotland.

The weather on Neptune
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The weather on Neptune

These NASA Hubble Space Telescope views of Neptune provide three views of changing weather conditions on the planet. Data from Hubble found that weather changes more on Neptune than previously thought--the temperature differences between Neptune's strong internal heat source and its frigid top clouds might trigger instabilities in the atmosphere that drive large scale weather changes.

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One happy family

The largest gathering of world leaders in history as heads of more than 170 states posed for a family photo at the United Nations at the celebrations of the UN's 50th anniversary.

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Wonder how many are divorced now?

Some of the 35,000 couples at the Mooney mass wedding in Seoul shout "I Do," Aug. 25. The Unification Church, the organizers of the wedding, claim 360,000 couples were married worldwide by satellite linkup.

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Reuters/ Masaharu Hatano

Crashing down

A giant crane pulls crushed cars out of the debris Jan. 18 after the Hanshin Expressway was devastated during the worst earthquake in Japan in nearly 50 years in Kobe, western Japan.

High-tech boat
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High-tech boat

The US maxi yacht Sayonara sails into Hobart Dec. 29. Sayonara, the world's newest, hi-tech ocean racing maxi, took line honors in the 51st Sydney-to-Hobart, but the U.S. yacht finished 10 hours outside the 20-year race record.

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East Germany?

A German passport office worker puts obsolete East German passports (Blue) and ID cards through a shredder, before handing out the new Federal Republic of Germany passports (Red and Green). Thousands of eastern Germans rushed to beat a Dec. 31 deadline to turn in their old East German passports.

ENIAC lives!
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ENIAC lives!

Herman H. Goldstine, one of the founders of the world's first all-purpose electronic computer, known as the Electronic Numerival Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), poses with 1/10th of the original at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. February 1996 marked the 50th anniversary of the ENIAC.

Big B-2

Big B-2

A B2 stealth bomber is refueled over the North Sea while on a return flight to the United States after an appearance at the Paris Air Show. The bomber made a record breaking 5000 nautical mile (4400 miles, 7040km) flight from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri in 11.5 hours, the longest a B2 has stayed aloft in a stretch. The refueling tanker was part of the 100 Air refueling wing based in Suffolk, England.

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Boom

Latvia destroyed a giant Soviet-built radar warning station in what it called a "Peace Blast" against oppression and war. President Guntis Ulmanis and Prime Minister Maris Gailis presided over the spectacular detonation of the 19-storey tower, dubbed "the monster".

Internet music?!
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Internet music?!

Dave Rowntree (L) drummer with the band 'Blur' and Radio 1 presenter Steve Lamacq sit in front of a terminal hooked up to the Internet at Cafe Cyberia, Europe's first Internet cafe, in central London. Radio 1 presented a live show from the cafe demonstrating sound bites and samples uploaded to the Internet by listeners.

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Gifts for all

Two Russian cosmonauts and five NASA astronauts exchange gifts soon after reuniting in the base block module of Russia's Mir space station. From L: Linda M. Godwin, Kevin P. Chilton, Yuriy P. Usachov, Shannon W. Lucid, Yuriy I. Onufrienko, Ronald M. Sega and Richard R. Searfoss.

New money
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New money

Then treasury Secretary Robert Rubin shows off the new $100 bill during a press conference in New York marking the first day of issue of the new counterfeit resistant greenback. The $100 note featured new watermarks and other features that make it difficult to counterfeit.

Public telephones
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Public telephones

Pedestrians pass behind new telephone kiosks in a street in central Beijing March 23. Public telephones are still a rare sight in much of China which had one of the lowest rates of telephone ownership in the world.

Space shuttle
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Space shuttle

he space shuttle Endeavour is shown on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.

Small cameras
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Small cameras

A digital still camera DC-1, developed by Ricoh Co., which at the time was declared the world's first pocket-size multimedia camera, is seen at its headquarters in Tokyo February 1995. Able to record and reproduce moving scenes with sound, the 255-gram camera sold for about $1,500.

Drones before drones were cool
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Drones before drones were cool

A remote-controlled CBS-TV helicopter flies over pit row during the Daytona 500. The helicopter is equipped with a television camera for a different view of the race.

BMW
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Not many of these made it to market

Gerhard Friedrich, project leader of the Bayerische Motoren Werke in Munich explains the functions of a new design, developed by Tilo Klumpp, for a design competition arranged by BMW in Munich. The future vehicle is a mixture of a motorbike and an automobile.

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Fake DOS

U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor displays two versions of Microsoft's MS-DOS 5.0 during a press conference to announce trade sanctions on Chinese goods as a dispute over intellectual property protection escalated. The box on the left is a Chinese-produced copy of the Microsoft software, and the box on the right is the original one.

Sun
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Sun death

This image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released by NASA shows the Planetary Nebula NGC 7037 and illustrates details of how a star similar to the Sun dies. It was presented to a meeting of the American Astronomical Society that year.

Bill Gates
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What’s the future Bill?

Bill Gates, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation, gestures as he addresses an audience of some 1,500 businessmen in Kuala Lumpur about his vision of personal computers in the future.

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New galaxies

Several hundred never before seen galaxies are visible in these images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released by NASA. The images allow astronomers to peer back in time to within a billion years of the Big Bang, according to NASA. The image was assembled from many separate exposures taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera for ten consecutive days.

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Tiny dancer

A Taiwanese salesperson displays a locally made handy karaoke unit (R) and an external music card at Taipei '95 audio visual and electronic multi-media show in Taipei's World Trade Centre. The handy karaoke unit, claimed to be the world smallest, cost $384 and a included a music card containing 30 songs.