What You Can See From the Tallest Observation Decks On Earth

It's only been a few years since humans could climb more than half a mile above the surface of the Earth without the help of jet fuel. It's easy to forget that buildings that reach this high into the atmosphere are a new phenomenon in our world—at these heights, it's more like aerospace engineering than architecture.
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The Eerie Ruins of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they're not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left… » 1/22/15 9:02am 1/22/15 9:02am

37 Rare and Beautiful Images of the NYC Subway in the 1980s

When most people think of the subway in the 1980s, they think of scary things. A few years ago The New York Times likened the state of the city to "a house of horrors." But as a newly published set of nearly 500 photos show, New York City's underground wasn't always so horrific. It's bizarrely beautiful in all its… » 1/19/15 9:00am 1/19/15 9:00am

9 Gadgets (and Other Tech) to Be Excited About in 2015

2015 is the year of the Future, thanks to that one rambunctious, time-traveling teen with a hoverboard. As we're still in the opening moments of 2015, we're allowed to be hopeful. Last year we saw a lot of awesome but also a lot of "just wait until next year!" Almost every major company talked of things just on the… » 1/18/15 12:10pm 1/18/15 12:10pm

To Fix Midtown, You Must First Break Midtown 

New York has fantastic public transit. It's by far the best in the country. Sorry not sorry. But there is one way in which it falls short: There are meagre ways to get across town, especially at critical points like 42nd street, where you must either choose NYC's shortest and nastiest subway line or the snarling mess… » 1/14/15 9:00am 1/14/15 9:00am

9 of the Weirdest Wikipedia Pages We've Ever Seen

With the right state of mind, enough time on your hands, and a can-do attitude/darkened worldview, your casual Wikipedia browsing can quickly devolve into hours spent amongst the site's weird, bizarre, and morbidly fascinating black holes. Making it virtually impossible to uncover all of the site's many dark and… » 1/09/15 9:00am 1/09/15 9:00am

Nothing Is Better Than These 80s Internet Depictions of Technology

Ever spend time imagining what the world was like the year you popped into it? I love it. Because man, 1983 was ridiculous. And terrible. And awesome. Michael Jackson did his first moonwalk. AOL, Microsoft Word and My Little Pony came into existence. The first consumer Camcorder came out (Sony!) and weighed 7353009… » 12/24/14 2:30pm 12/24/14 2:30pm

Happy Birthday Ames! Awesome Photos From 75 Years of Aerospace Research

On the 20th of December, 1939, the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded. The facility at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, would later be known as NASA's Ames Research Center after the founding chairman of NACA, Joseph S. Ames—but no one could foresee how iconic… » 12/20/14 1:00pm 12/20/14 1:00pm

Rare World War I Propaganda Shows the Biomech Soldier of 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago, at the beginning of the 20th century, the first golden age of advertising met humanity's deadliest conflict: the First World War. The emerging art of graphic design, aided by the invention of lithography and later chromolithography, was suddenly used for propaganda—and the results were… » 12/18/14 9:16am 12/18/14 9:16am

The Forgotten Space Artist Who Envisioned the End of the Space Race

In the fourth piece of our series on legendary aerospace artists, we pay tribute to an illustrator who's responsible for creating some of the most inspiring cutaway illustrations of all time—yet we hardly know anything about him, and his name is in danger of being forgotten. We're about to change that. » 12/15/14 9:00am 12/15/14 9:00am