The Biological Horrors Of H.R. Giger's Fleshy Landscape Paintings

Artist H.R. Giger was a master at twisting at twisting the biological and the mechanical, and even when he focused on flesh alone, he was able to create works that were truly unexpected—especially his series of biological landscapes, which like so much of Giger's works, are at once repulsive and compelling. » 11/08/14 8:30am 11/08/14 8:30am

A Pyramid in the Middle of Nowhere Built To Track the End of the World

A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it's just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly… » 4/14/14 1:22am 4/14/14 1:22am

The Woods Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying

Like a landscape of the undead, the woods outside Chernobyl are having trouble decomposing. The catastrophic meltdown and ensuing radiation blast of April 1986 has had long-term effects on the very soil and ground cover of the forested region, essentially leaving the dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. The… » 3/17/14 1:50pm 3/17/14 1:50pm

Will Smallpox Reemerge in Siberia as Corpses Thaw from Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes—a now-eradicated plague that humans no longer have natural immunity to and that would very likely cause a worldwide catastrophe should it escape from the lab—the BBC includes one awesomely horrible… » 2/03/14 4:07pm 2/03/14 4:07pm

The Landscapes Of Suburbia Are The Real Science Fiction

Science fiction is often charged with naïve technological optimism and historical amnesia. But for present-day Californians struggling with a wide range of environmental and social problems, science fiction might just provide the perspective we need to successfully pivot from the boom times of the twentieth century to… » 1/30/14 5:03pm 1/30/14 5:03pm

A Visit to the Weirdest Archaeological Site in North America

In the desert two hours northeast of Los Angeles, just outside the town of Barstow, there is a peculiar little place called the Calico Early Man Site. If you've driven either direction, from L.A. to Las Vegas or back, you've probably seen the sign for it, mysteriously and without any real information implying that the… » 1/22/14 5:28pm 1/22/14 5:28pm

How to read the landscape from your airplane window

Do you ever wonder what you're seeing when you look out of your airplane window and spot bizarre red pools or strange green circles on the ground below? You're not alone. We talked to Gregory Dicum, author of the incredible aerial landscape guide Window Seat, about the weirdest and most beautiful views from an… » 8/06/12 4:39pm 8/06/12 4:39pm

Lonely Astronauts Explore Silent Alien Landscapes

As much as we all love “Also sprach Zarathustra,” the only soundtrack to space travel is probably going to be the low hum of your spaceship’s engines. And Dan McPharlin fully captures the silence of otherworldly exploration in his haunting illustrations of astronauts and spaceships moving through alien landscapes. His… » 10/29/08 12:00pm 10/29/08 12:00pm