The Roaring, Flaming Maw of the Electric Phosphate Smelting Furnace

Alfred T. Palmer took this photograph of raw industrial beauty in Alabama, 1942. What you're seeing is an enormous, high-tech (at the time) furnace for making elemental phosphorus, a chemical widely used in fertilizers. You can see the some of the engineering features of this machine in today's ultra-modern server… » 1/25/08 7:00am 1/25/08 7:00am

Diving Into the Russian Nuclear Sub Wreck

The Kursk was a Russian nuclear cruise missile submarine that was lost under mysterious circumstances involving some explosions in 2000. Here it is a year later, dredged up from the waters by a Dutch crew. Want to see the insides? » 1/24/08 7:00am 1/24/08 7:00am