Fans of destruct-o-tainment: step right this way for Curbed's deeply satisfying video countdown of "The 10 Best Demolitions of 2014, Judged Purely on Aesthetics." Fireworks! Earnest commentary! Stirring soundtracks! It's all here ... no earplugs required. » 12/23/14 2:40pm 12/23/14 2:40pm

Terrifying Images Of Whirling Firenadoes From All Over The World

Fire whirls, commonly known as "fire tornadoes" and "firenadoes," can make destructive fires even more horrifying as the flames are swept up into a swirling column of fire. These images show this frightening phenomenon during various fires.http://io9.com/breathtaking-a... » 9/02/14 3:00pm 9/02/14 3:00pm

Destroy All The Things

Destructive testing holds a special place in my heart. The idea is to take a material and push it beyonds its limits, recording the moment of failure. General Electric has started a new campaign gratuitously running these destructive tests on innocent every-day objects. » 4/28/14 10:00am 4/28/14 10:00am

Astounding Concept Art of Cities Being Demolished

We love watching cities being crushed, blown up and swept away — it happens in a lot of this summer's biggest movies. There's just something so viscerally thriling about structures coming down in flames. Here's some of our favorite concept art of cites getting totally smashed. » 5/17/13 1:59pm 5/17/13 1:59pm

Who destroyed the moon best?

We've looked at the best on-screen and comic book destructions of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Eiffel Tower. But some creators have set their destructive sights on something at once more remote and more universal: Earth's moon. So out of all the punches, explosions, and starship fire, who… » 9/23/12 7:00am 9/23/12 7:00am

The Statue of Liberty: Who destroyed it best?

The Statue of Liberty stands for American hopes and dreams, an emblem of both New York City and the American gateway. That's precisely why so many film directors and video game creators love to smash Lady Liberty to bits. But who do you think did the best job of damaging or destroying the Statue of Liberty? » 9/09/12 7:00am 9/09/12 7:00am

The Golden Gate Bridge: Who destroyed it best?

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge has suffered all manner of damage and destruction in television and on film. But out of all the earthquakes, sea monsters, and alien attacks, who caused the bridge its most impressive destruction? » 9/02/12 7:00am 9/02/12 7:00am

10 Science Experiments That Looked Like the End of the World

It's official: The Large Hadron Collider helped to find a new particle, and it didn't turn the world inside out. Everybody relax! But history is full of strange experiments that people predicted might bring about the end of the human race... and in some cases, they might actually have had a point. » 7/06/12 10:25am 7/06/12 10:25am

The Big Rip Theory says the universe could end in tears

Some say the universe will end with a new Big Bang. Others say the cosmos will eventually succumb to entropy. But what if neither of those things happens? A recent theory says the universe will just tear itself apart. » 6/29/12 7:00am 6/29/12 7:00am

Watch a Japanese volcano explode into its biggest eruption since 1959

This is the most fiery moment the Kirishima volcano group has experienced since 1959 — the eruption, starting yesterday, sent a plume of ash 1,500 feet into the air. More insane volcano footage below. » 1/27/11 5:30pm 1/27/11 5:30pm

Krakatoa Reawakens, And The World Shall Tremble

Lightning strikes near the tip of Anak Krakatoa, the "child" of the legendary volcano Krakatoa, whose eruption in 1883 killed an estimated 36,000 people. The volcano reawakened in 2007, then quieted down again... but now its fiery depths stir again. » 7/31/09 7:30am 7/31/09 7:30am

This Could Have Been Our Future

Imagine spending months locked in this Latvian bomb shelter. The banner reads "Without Communciations, There Is No Authority. Without Authority, There Is No Victory!" The shelter, now a museum, has a nuclear-blast-absorbing wall and a huge facility for filtering radiation. » 6/09/09 12:45pm 6/09/09 12:45pm

Could Our Nuclear Arsenal Really Destroy The World?

Nuclear weapons are, to date, humanity's most Earth-shattering weapon. They have more than enough destructive power to wipe out the human race for good. But could we actually use them to destroy the Earth itself? » 6/03/09 1:40pm 6/03/09 1:40pm

View the Seeds of our Destruction in a Google Earth Mashup

Nothing says "massive destructive force" like the rocks exhumed from two kilometers down in the earthquake-causing San Andreas Fault. Mangled and twisted by the fault's awesome power, these rocks help you understand why a flick of this fault's little finger is enough to flatten entire cities. And now you can see them… » 5/30/08 12:40pm 5/30/08 12:40pm

Canada To Save Humans From Extinction

Well, it's about time. Asteroids hitting Earth has been a big problem for life this planet since forever, and at last governments around the world have been united in their inability to give a shit. And they did it without Gort the giant robot forcing them! Next year, the Canadian Space Agency will launch the Near… » 5/08/08 1:40pm 5/08/08 1:40pm

What If The Moon Crashed Into The Earth?

Well, we'd be screwed for one thing. Plus it's doubtful that the chunks of the moon would remain identifiable and intact like they are in this piece of concept art... but it's still haunting and beautiful. It's strange to imagine something that's been hanging in the sky your whole life plummeting into your world, but… » 4/24/08 12:00pm 4/24/08 12:00pm

You Have Ten Seconds To Reach Minimum Safe Distance



Science fiction has always had a dark obsession with destroying things, and spaceships are a constant target. When not worrying about enemy ships fragging them to pieces, crews have to worry self-destruct sequences, on-board bombs, lousy construction, bad driving, and suicidal commanders who seem hell-bent on… » 2/12/08 11:20am 2/12/08 11:20am

New York City Destroyed. London, You're Next!

New York City has been hammered on by both I Am Legend and Cloverfield, as well as a slew of other films. It's been flooded, frozen, ravaged by viruses, and pummeled by monsters. But London has gotten off rather lightly, having merely been hit by one supervirus in 28 Days Later and the sometimes wonky special effects… » 1/18/08 12:10pm 1/18/08 12:10pm

No Bad Taste In Our Mass-Murder Porn, Please

There's a right way and a wrong way to destroy New York, according to an expert quoted in the New York Times. The right way (like I Am Legend) is tasteful and pays homage to the city even as you crash it into rubble. The wrong way (like Cloverfield) is exploitative and brings up memories of 9/11. What on Earth is… » 12/26/07 1:00pm 12/26/07 1:00pm

Which Current Technology Will Destroy The World?

Chances are the seeds of the end of the world are already in our midst. But which technology that we embrace to our bosoms will end everything? Help us decide, before it's too late!
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