Burning Man Will Be Even Trippier With This Newtonian Observatory

Each year, the inhabitants of Black Rock City throw a party that can actually be seen from space. But how cool would it be if the folks attending Burning Man could gaze the other way and peer even deeper into Nevada's starry sky? This crowd-funded observatory could make that happen. » 7/01/14 3:10pm 7/01/14 3:10pm

The most astonishing timelapse of Burning Man you will ever see

Burning Man 2013 may have come to a close, but now's the time when all the cool videos start to come out. Case in point is this stunning timelapse of Blackrock City as seen from the peak of Old Razorback, a height of 1,888 feet. » 9/24/13 6:20am 9/24/13 6:20am

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

Who needs the Batmobile when there's the Dalekmobile?

Burning Man 2011 was certainly surfeit with wacky conveyances. There's no way this Dalek art car is street legal, but hey, true Daleks are always riding dirty. » 9/05/11 7:45am 9/05/11 7:45am

You'll wish you could ride in this steampunk octopus tank

Straight out of Burning Man 2011, it's Duane Flatmo's El Pulpo Mechanico. It's an octopus. It's a steampunk tank. It's a video game boss. It's an avatar of flaming doom. It's a one-metal-cephalopod parade. I wish I could drive it down the turnpike. » 9/04/11 8:30pm 9/04/11 8:30pm

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

The 200 Supermen of the post-apocalyptic badlands

When civilization collapses, it'll be at the hands of 200+ wanton Supermen. They will terraform Earth into one giant desert to facilitate the absorption of the Sun's yellow rays. Then they will pose for photo ops and laugh, laugh, laugh. » 9/15/10 7:00am 9/15/10 7:00am

Burning Man's Evolutionary Mutant Vehicles

At Burning Man, the annual arts festival, mutant vehicles plod across Nevada's Black Rock Desert. And this year's art cars include a fully-functional spider walker, a remote-controlled trilobite, and a mobile mammoth skeleton. » 9/10/09 4:38pm 9/10/09 4:38pm

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