The Extreme Difficulty of Leaving an Underwater Base

It was just another day for the Aquanauts exploring the warm, crystal waters of Conch Reef when a storm hit. The divers registered the 10-degree temperature drop on their skin a moment after the visibility went from 60 feet down to a dozen. » 7/24/12 2:20pm 7/24/12 2:20pm

Getting Married in an Undersea Base


Otto Rutten got married to Leanne in the Aquarius Reef Base on March 26th, 1996. They met at Aquarius during his first day on the job. She was a marine biologist doing aquanaut training and he, being the new guy, was assigned to count laps during the swimming drill. » 7/19/12 2:40pm 7/19/12 2:40pm

There Is No Such Thing as Normal When You Live at the Bottom of the Sea

The Aquanauts had killed the power and strapped on their emergency air masks. Someone smelled burning. In a rich-oxygen environment like Aquarius, fires can spread with ferocity; any hint of combustion is taken with utter seriousness. The air wasn't circulating as it was supposed to, and, up above, the life support… » 7/18/12 5:00pm 7/18/12 5:00pm

The Watch Desk Is Always Watching

Once, in the middle of a storm, while everyone was asleep in the undersea base, the fuel that's stored in the life support buoy sloshed around enough to stop one of the two generators. The generators power the air supply compressor that keeps everyone in the Aquarius undersea base alive. So what do the Aquanauts have… » 7/17/12 3:40pm 7/17/12 3:40pm

Watch This Guy Survive a 393-Foot Fall Like Wile E. Coyote

This video seems out of a Chuck Jones cartoon of the Roadrunner and the Coyote, but it's real. It happened in Konakova, Russia. A BASE jumper jumped off the top of an electric post, 393 feet (120 meters) over the snow surface below. Unfortunately, his parachute failed. » 7/06/12 12:18pm 7/06/12 12:18pm

These Are All the US Drone Bases In Pakistan

Using information from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, the people at Public Intelligence have created a Google Map showing all the United States drone bases in Pakistan, some of which are vital for the support of US military forces in the area. » 2/20/12 5:00pm 2/20/12 5:00pm

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Inside a Top Secret Soviet Nuclear Submarine Underground Base

The name of this God's forgotten place is Object 825 GTS, a top secret Cold War nuclear submarine underground base located in the Balaklava Bay, Crimea, Ukraine. » 11/09/11 1:40pm 11/09/11 1:40pm

NASA's First Space Station on Earth: A Look Inside the Sustainability…

Unsurprisingly, NASA has built the federal government's most sustainable building. Here's an early look at the ultra-green experimental building, a space station on Earth, dubbed Sustainability Base. » 1/29/11 10:00am 1/29/11 10:00am

The Army's Underground Nuclear Ice Village

In 1959, the US Army began building an immense complex underneath the frozen surface of Greenland. It would be a center of research, to the benefit of mankind! It would also be a great place to launch Cold War nukes. » 1/20/11 6:20pm 1/20/11 6:20pm

11 Surreal Antarctic Structures

That humans can build anything on the world's most extreme continent is a marvel, but these 11 designs—ranging from ramshackle huts to zero-carbon moonbases—show that adversity only brings out the best in us. And possibly the psychedelic drugs. » 9/17/10 12:00pm 9/17/10 12:00pm

iHome Wants To Charge Every Gadget You Own

iHome wants to get rid of your loose cables and chargers and replace them with their base docking station. The not-so-elegantly named iB969 is a good looking hub that charges your iPhone, iPad, and any ol' gadget that connects through USB. » 7/17/10 10:30am 7/17/10 10:30am

Matthiew Tarrit's Polar Vehicle Is Like a Giant Laboratory In a Train…

It's only a concept at the moment, but designer Matthiew Tarrit claims that his Polar Vehicle arctic base was created in cooperation with polar scientists. » 9/17/09 7:20pm 9/17/09 7:20pm

Robots May Prepare Ground for NASA Moon Base, Discover Hidden Nazis

NASA wants to have a lunar base in 2020, and they are teaming up with Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon University to design automated Tonka trucks that would do the groundwork. And probably find Nazis: » 2/27/09 12:50pm 2/27/09 12:50pm

Two Guys Jumped Off the Burj Dubai and Lived to Tell About It

Oh, wow. Apparently, in May, a Brit and a Frenchman snuck on to the under-construction Burj Dubai and BASE jumped from it at 650 meters up. Now, there's video available of their infiltration, jump and subsequent escape. The footage from up top and the jump is just incredible stuff. I wish I had the…