Photos of Mushroom Clouds as Seen from 1950s Las Vegas

Once upon a time, Las Vegas wasn't merely a place you could go to enjoy a few games of chance in a glamorous setting. It was also a place where, quite frequently, you could enjoy the view of a distant mushroom cloud. » 8/19/12 2:00pm 8/19/12 2:00pm

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

Witness decades of urban growth as photographed from space

In 2008, for the first time in history, as many humans were living in cities as in rural areas. Over the decades, many cities have swelled to accomodate the growing human population as well as the growing trend toward urbanism. These are changes so extreme that they can be seen from space. » 7/28/12 9:30am 7/28/12 9:30am

Wild Vegas parties celebrated atomic bomb tests of the 1950s

Crooners, bright lights, the ringing of slot machines, and...atomic bombs? This strange combination became a reality in Las Vegas during the 1950s. Scheduled nuclear detonations at the Nevada Proving Ground gave plenty of opportunities to party and raise a glass to a mushroom cloud. How did this bizarre slice of… » 4/18/12 7:00am 4/18/12 7:00am

How Las Vegas missed out on a life-sized Starship Enterprise

In 1992, plans were in the works to create a life-sized Starship Enterprise in downtown Las Vegas. The model ship would have been roughly as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall, and would have contained all the key rooms and areas from the original Star Trek series. Vegas business owners loved the idea, and so did… » 4/07/12 12:30pm 4/07/12 12:30pm

The Device Ripped His Molecules Apart and Swallowed The Haze That…

This glowing, massive tunnel is the gateway to a device that knows only one thing: Deconstructing life at the atomic level. Unfortunately it's so ancient that it has forgotten how to do the reconstruction. » 3/20/09 8:30am 3/20/09 8:30am

Ride the MagLev Train from One Fake Place to Another

U.S. President Bush has authorized construction companies to use $45 million in federal money to construct a maglev train between two amusement parks: Disneyland and Las Vegas. It will be the first levitating train in the U.S., zooming along at up to 300 mph, though the Bush Administration's choice of route is… » 6/09/08 1:11pm 6/09/08 1:11pm

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

Welcome to the Crumbling Future of the Vegas Strip

Las Vegas' Project CityCenter, the largest private development in the Unites States, was to be 8 acres of shops, casinos, hotels, condos, and theaters. But now it looks like big portions of the project may remain in a state of half-built rubble piles for years to come, due to the current credit crisis in the United… » 3/24/08 7:00am 3/24/08 7:00am