These Extraordinary Tunnels Look Like Gateways to Other Worlds

If you're going to go down the rabbit hole, you might as well do it in style. These tunnels from around the world look exactly like the sorts of places that would lead you to the lands beyond our ken. » 2/21/14 4:15pm 2/21/14 4:15pm

Behold the rolling, majestic beauty of Lake Michigan's Ice Boulders

Breathe in the hypnotic beauty of the ice boulders of Lake Michigan! These rolly polly ice balls have returned to crash against the shores of the Northern Midwest, and we simply can't stop watching them turn. » 1/08/14 10:48am 1/08/14 10:48am

Structurally Sound Buildings That Look Like They've Been Smashed

There's something super-comforting about living in a building with super straight lines — it looks sturdy and reliable. But what if you lived in a place that looked like the Hulk had attacked it? Or a tornado had hit it? Here are some livable buildings which look messed up. On purpose. » 4/30/13 3:20pm 4/30/13 3:20pm

Asia's notorious "Tuk-Tuk" taxis could become electric vehicles

If you've spent a lot of time in Asia, you're probably familiar with the Tuk-Tuk, a three-wheeled buggy that's commonly used for taxi services. They're noisy, smelly and environmentally unsound. But one Japanese company has plans to replace them with space-age-looking electric vehicles. » 4/24/13 11:59am 4/24/13 11:59am

Stunning photos of super-dense Hong Kong apartments look like Borg cubes

Will humans eventually turn into a hive mind? Will our tightly packed urban population centers eventually become so networked that we think together? It's hard not to wonder, staring at photographer Michael Wolf's brilliant photos of super-dense Hong Kong buildings. » 4/08/13 2:00pm 4/08/13 2:00pm

Wildlife photos that blur the line between reality and fantasy

Polish photographer Magda Wasiczek isn't interested in showing the world exactly as it is. Instead, her unique vision presents nature as an idyllic paradise of fairy tales. » 3/29/13 2:00pm 3/29/13 2:00pm

This egg is worth more than your car

Up for auction next month at Christie's South Kensington salesroom: this "very rare and complete" sub-fossilized elephant bird egg. Its estimated going price? Between $30,000 and $45,000. » 3/28/13 1:40pm 3/28/13 1:40pm

Watch four hours of Aurora Borealis compressed into three stunning…

Photographer Göran Strand used 2464 raw images taken with his all-sky camera to create this gorgeous time-lapse video. The swirling crystal ball images show the view from Östersund, Sweden, when a when a Coronal Mass Ejection hit Earth’s magnetic field. » 3/24/13 1:00pm 3/24/13 1:00pm

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other…

Artist Adam Ryder specializes in taking Earthly artifacts and removing them to another plane of existence, creating a jarring fusion of the weird but real, and the just plain weird. » 3/21/13 2:20pm 3/21/13 2:20pm

This is what it looks like to fight against the ocean

The underwater images captured by photographer Mark Tipple are so unlike anything you've ever seen, it's easy to mistake them for scenes from another world. They belong to a series known collectively as The Underwater Project, and they are beyond spellbinding. » 3/18/13 7:40am 3/18/13 7:40am

Mt. Sakurajima Unleashes Its Fury with Lava and Lightning

As if spewing molton lava wasn't injury enough, volcanoes can also generate lightning strikes. In this apocalyptic image taken by Martin Rietze, we see Sakurajima Volcano doing just that — and in extremely vivid detail. » 3/12/13 11:20am 3/12/13 11:20am

How We'll Live in a Future Where Cities Have Become Forests

Tomorrow's cities may be constructed partly out of living materials that produce energy without destroying the environment. But what will transportation look like in a world where you can't tell the difference between cities and forests? We get some hints in these gorgeous images of freeways built over forests in… » 3/07/13 3:42pm 3/07/13 3:42pm

These ominous cloud formations could be of a completely new type

What you're seeing here is a cloud formation so rare that it defies classification. Meteorologists suspect that these are undulatus asperatus clouds — an entirely new cloud type that was proposed only three years ago by the Cloud Appreciation Society. The one featured here was photographed by Witta Priester in New… » 3/01/13 9:20am 3/01/13 9:20am

The First Pictures of Life in the Deepest Ocean Vents Ever Discovered

For the first time, we have pictures of life in the deepest hydrothermal vent ever discovered in the oceans of Earth. Hydrothermal vents are like the oases of the deepest ocean — they're areas where the freezing waters are warmed and enriched by geothermal activity like volcanoes. In this image of the… » 2/27/13 2:33pm 2/27/13 2:33pm

Massive ice boulders form along Michigan shoreline — but how?

Huge balls of ice have been found along the shores of Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes. They were then photographed and posted to Facebook by Leda Olmsted, who happened upon the unearthly scene while on a walk with her two dogs. » 2/26/13 7:00am 2/26/13 7:00am

When a mountain casts its shadow upon the sky

During the autumn and winter months, Mount Rainier, a stratovolcano near Tacoma, Washington, blocks the first rays of the Sun as it rises. The effect is what you see here: An expanding shadow cast against clouds tinged in hues of orange and yellow. » 2/22/13 12:50pm 2/22/13 12:50pm

What are these mysterious structures in the southern Kalahari?

They look like alien incubation pods, but these massive grass-and-mud structures are home to a species called sociable weaver birds. Like bees, these birds live in hives together, collectively building them out of mud, grass, and other materials in their environments. In the southern Kalahari, they use telephone… » 2/18/13 5:00pm 2/18/13 5:00pm

Behold the most uncomfortable chair in the world

This is exactly the kind of chair I expect to be given when aliens start designing furniture for humans. You know, the aliens want to do something nice for the weird monkey people they've just conquered, but they can't actually be bothered to learn any human languages to ask us what we think is comfortable. So we get… » 2/18/13 8:20am 2/18/13 8:20am

Microscopic cross-section photo of layers of paint is more spectacular…

This photograph may resemble the geological strata of an alien world, but it's actually dozens of layers of paint. Natasha K. Loeblich of the Architectural Research Department of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation photographed a cross-section of the wall paints on an 18th-century theater at 100 times magnification,… » 2/16/13 5:00pm 2/16/13 5:00pm