10 Of The World's Most Dangerous Toxic Ghost Towns

Visiting abandoned towns can be hazardous for a number of reasons, including crumbling structures and guards who will shoot trespassers on sight. But some ghost towns have toxic legacies due to chemicals, radiation, or even biological weapons. » 3/26/14 11:00am 3/26/14 11:00am

The Most Dangerous Modern Ruins for Thrillseekers and Urban Explorers

You see the hauntingly beautiful pictures of the fallen grandeur of abandoned buildings, and you think, "I want to see those for myself." But watch out. Some of the world's most fascinating modern ruins are also the most hazardous. Here are some abandoned sites that you could risk life and limb to visit. » 1/31/14 3:00pm 1/31/14 3:00pm

The Loneliness of the Long-Abandoned Space Observatory

Space observatories are among some of the most magnificent buildings devoted entirely to science — because their windows look out on the universe. And their distinctive shape makes them into poignant ruins. Here are some observatories whose views onto space have been lost to time. » 12/09/13 3:29pm 12/09/13 3:29pm

Why are we so fascinated by photographs of decaying buildings?

Even as we dream of shiny new futures, many of us are captivated by images of crumbling modern buildings — mental institutions that have faded from use, amusement parks reclaimed by nature, houses that will never again serve as homes. But why are we so fascinated by the art and archaeology of the very recent past? And… » 11/28/13 9:00am 11/28/13 9:00am

China's brand-new abandoned cities could be dystopian movie sets

China's building boom has created a ton of abandoned cities and massive ruins — most of which are brand new, and have never had people living in them. Here are the deserted Chinese cities, mostly built in the last 10 years, which could be sets for your next dystopian movie. » 9/02/13 3:05pm 9/02/13 3:05pm