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NASA Built A Giant Fake Moon You Can Drive On

About 50 years ago, the U.S. government used 30,000 pounds of explosives to turn a chunk of Arizona into a simulated moonscape for astronauts to practice picking up rocks on. Today, you can take your own truck out there and carve it up like a ski slope because it’s an off-road park ON THE MOON. Here’s how to do it. »7/09/15 12:36pm7/09/15 12:36pm

Government-Subsidized Cotton Farms Are Sucking the Colorado River Dry

Not too many drought stories have focused on cotton. As one of the thirstiest crops, it was long abandoned by many farmers in the regions hardest hit by unprecedented water scarcity. Except for one part of Arizona, where cotton blooms defiantly, even today. Because here, the more cotton fails, the more the US pays… »5/27/15 8:20pm5/27/15 8:20pm

Chemtrails Are Too Crazy for Even the Tea Party to Believe

It’s hard to imagine a conspiracy theory so off the rails that it makes people involved with one of the country’s major Tea Party groups throw their hands up in the air and go “whoa, man, this is too much,” but lo and behold, chemtrails rose to the challenge. http://thevane.gawker.com/paper-writes-d... »4/23/15 9:38pm4/23/15 9:38pm

The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build a Colossal Energy Skyscraper In Arizona

This week, a small town near the U.S.-Mexico border gave an unusual company the right to build a 2,250-foot-tower, destined to become the tallest structure in the U.S. The company, Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc, is only three years old. But the idea it's hocking dates all the way back to the 1960s. »5/01/14 2:40pm5/01/14 2:40pm

Zooming-In On Satellite Calibration Targets in the Arizona Desert

These optical targets in the Arizona desert were built for calibrating the cameras of a spy satellite network called the Corona program. Similar to the huge bar codes found across the U.S. southwest, also used for testing high-altitude cameras, these targets are glyphs meant to be seen from the sky: fixed points of… »4/08/14 11:59am4/08/14 11:59am

The First Time Capsule Tearjerker of 2014

Back in 1966 a woman in North Phoenix, Arizona sealed a time capsule in the wall of her home. Betty Klug, then 33, didn't tell her husband nor her two kids about the capsule. It remained a secret until contractors working on the home recently discovered the time-traveling treasure. Fair warning: If you're not a robot,… »4/03/14 2:40pm4/03/14 2:40pm

Apple Is Putting Pressure on Arizona to Stop the State's Anti-Gay Bill

Apple's got a vested interest in Arizona's future—its newest factory will break ground there in 2015, bringing thousands of jobs to the state. And the company is now advocating for local policy. Today, Apple publicly took a stand against the state's highly controversial proposed anti-gay legislation. »2/25/14 4:55pm2/25/14 4:55pm

This majestic nature time lapse will make you want to go outdoors more

It's the colors that get you when you're out in nature. If you live in a city, you're mostly dealing with drabs of gray speckled with Instagrams of exposed red bricks. If you live in the suburbs, you'll see manicured lawns, potted trees, stucco and tile roofs until you're myopic. But if you're outside, like really »12/07/13 1:18am12/07/13 1:18am

This Huge Solar Thermal Plant Makes Electricity Even in the Dark

The primary complaint against solar power—that it, you know, requires the sun—is perfectly valid. But Arizona's new Solana Generating Station, the largest capacity solar thermal plant on the face of the Earth, has just provided a $1.4 billion counterpoint. Thanks to its massive molten salt reserves, this plant keeps… »10/16/13 11:30am10/16/13 11:30am