It was the biggest Burning Man ever, and this is what I saw there

Early last week, I returned to the Toronto area after attending my second Burning Man — an annual countercultural festival set in Nevada's remote Black Rock Desert. Here’s the story of my remarkable trip — in photos. » 9/09/13 11:15am 9/09/13 11:15am

Six Earth Cities That Will Provide Blueprints for Martian Settlers

If humans follow Curiosity to Mars later this century, we'll need cities modeled on ones that already exist in extreme climates on Earth. Here are six high-tech (and a few low-tech) cities that would have a passing shot at survival in the Martian climate. » 8/07/12 4:00pm 8/07/12 4:00pm

And now, two 50-foot-long cars shaped like mythological serpents

We've seen some pretty outlandish conveyances in our day — such as the octopus tank and this spider ride — but these two 50-foot-long, fire-breathing serpents by Jon Sarriugarte and Kyrsten Mate are something else. » 5/18/12 7:40am 5/18/12 7:40am

What would a Settlers of Catan game look like if giants played it?

Settlers of Catan, that addictive German board game that prompts otherwise normal people to start screaming about wheat and knights and sheep and ore, received a giant-sized treatment at Burning Man 2007 thanks to Julie Von Bergen and Matt Bell. You can see more photos of its construction at Matt's Flickr account, and… » 2/12/11 9:00am 2/12/11 9:00am

Six Earth Cities That Will Provide Blueprints for Martian Settlers

If humans land on Mars by 2037 as NASA hopes, they'll need cities modeled on ones that already exist in extreme climates on Earth. Here are six high-tech (and a few low-tech) cities that would have a passing shot at survival in the Martian climate. Of course there are the obvious choices, like research stations in… » 3/28/08 3:30pm 3/28/08 3:30pm