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It Only Takes 70,000 Dancers at Burning Man to Make an Earthquake

Hordes of party-minded hipsters are heading out to Black Rock City this weekend for the annual Burning Man festival — possibly as many as 70,000, if past growth trends hold. And according to British seismologist Paul Denton, that’s enough frenzied dancing feet to generate a small earthquake measuring about 0.5 on the… »9/04/15 2:43amYesterday 2:43am

We've Identified Those Bugs Infesting Burning Man -- And It's Not Pretty [UPDATED]

Yesterday, Burning Man organizers revealed the truth: the annual desert arts festival is infested with bugs. Swarms of them. Piles of them. What are they? Why has nobody ever seen them before, in over two decades of building mega-party spaces in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert? We found out. »8/20/15 2:58am8/20/15 2:58am

This Is How Much San Franciscans Hate Burning Man Now

Every year, San Francisco empties out during Burning Man week. Suddenly there are no lines at the cargo container ice cream shop. Nobody is wearing an “interesting” hat to make a statement about self-actualization. We are at peace. That’s why a group of comedians are crowdsourcing a Great Wall of San Francisco. »8/05/15 8:22pm8/05/15 8:22pm

What Burning Man Has in Common With a South Pacific Islander Cult

This week is Burning Man, when your quiet downstairs neighbor with the amber-lensed glasses takes off for the Nevada desert wearing less clothing than Miley Cyrus at the VMAs (but surrounded by the same ratio of plushies). Each year Burning Man has a theme beyond the overarching Will-Trade-Glowsticks-for-Molly, and… »8/30/13 11:00am8/30/13 11:00am

The Next Industrial Revolution Starts in this 20-foot Shipping Container

The guys at Re-Char, a small startup that makes carbon-negative products, were faced with a problem. They wanted to ship products to Kenya, but the options available were wasteful, costly, and not nearly as efficient as simply manufacturing near to the customers. To do it, in a place with little industry or… »9/13/12 3:40pm9/13/12 3:40pm