Gigantic factories have always been symbols of prosperity — but also of dystopian horror. Some of the biggest factories in our world today evoke ambivalent feelings of dread and awe. »
The Industrial Revolution was at its height in the mid-19th century, but it was still in full swing in the early 20th century, when these photos were taken. They offer a portrait of the U.S. looking profoundly different. But it was also when we built many of our great bridges and public works, so some things have… »
Chances are you're typing on a keyboard as you read this. But could you imagine typing on a set of keys like the ones above? The typewriter keyboard has a long and colorful history — and here are some eye-opening pictures of typewriters from the past two centuries. »
While ABC showed viewers the glitz and glamor of Sunday night's Academy Awards from the red carpet and inside the Dolby Theater, across the street there was a very different show going on. Members of the visual effects (VFX) industry gathered on Hollywood Boulevard to raise awareness about the financial hardships faced … »
There is nothing more awesome than watching industrial machines do what they are made to do. And here, in this Russian report on a giant mobile drill, you can see what I hope will one day turn up in a comic book with a mutant alien who hates Green Lantern riding on the back of it. »
You'd think that blowback from the Deepwater oil disaster would make companies more cautious about drilling deep into the Earth in search of black gold. But a terrific article by Discover's Mac Margolis reveals drilling is only getting more extreme. »
No, this isn't a secret UFO installation. It's a natural underground gas tank that contains over a billion cubic meters of helium, important in many industrial processes, located under America's Great Plains. It's covered in mines, domes, and pipelines. »
This gigantic tool is an ore-grinding machine at the Kumtore gold mine, the largest in Central Asia. The mine clings to the side of the Tien Shien mountain range, 4200 meters above sea level in Issyk Kul Province, Kyrgyzstan. Want to see the process of smelting gold up there in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan?