Real, physical places form the Net's backbone: data centers, under-sea cables, junctions, optic fiber pipes. Wired traced a single bit's journey from England, across the US, and into Asia—a fascinating reminder at how physical the virtual really is.
This fortress, which looks like a heavily armed gas station preparing for a zombie invasion (without the gas pumps) is a stopping point for emails sent to many three-letter government agencies. It's far enough away from DC to survive a nuclear blast, but close enough to service all the relevant entities that depend on them. More beautiful, informative postcards from locations you may never have expected were so important over at: [Wired]