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

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

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