The Italian Sunken Ship From Space Looks Surreal

Digital Globe has directed one of their Worldview satellites to the island of Giglio, Italy, to see how the Costa Concordia shipwreck looks from space. It's surreal to see the ship peacefully sitting there on its side. Especially because it's not. » 1/18/12 10:09am 1/18/12 10:09am

It May Be Decades Before the Fukushima Area Is Habitable Again

The two mile radius surrounding Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant may be out of commission for longer than anyone had previously thought; according to the Daily Yomiuri, land within about 3km could be kept off-limits "for several decades." It may also, according to the NY Times, be quite some time before residents within a … » 8/22/11 5:40pm 8/22/11 5:40pm

Air Force Flies From Washington To Antarctica To Rescue Sick Worker

If you're wondering about the cost of this medical evacuation, think high. And then probably think a bit higher. Flying 4,600 miles from Washington State to Antarctica, the C-17 cargo plane dodged ash-clouds and strapped on night-vision goggles to pick up the poorly contractor and drop him off at a hospital in New… » 7/05/11 12:00pm 7/05/11 12:00pm

What Would It Take To Evacuate a Nuclear Meltdown?

The U.S.' nuclear plants are getting older, becoming more unstable with age even as we demand more power of them. Meanwhile, population growth around these powerhouses has sky-rocketed, by as much as a factor of four in some places. Say you live in one of these cities. In the event of an emergency, how likely is it… » 6/27/11 9:00pm 6/27/11 9:00pm

Japan Expands Evacuation Zone Again as Radiation Rises

The Japanese government has tapped five towns and cities outside of the current mandatory evacuation zone surrounding the Fukushima plant for mandatory departure, after the detection of escalating radiation levels. The evac order, however, will take up to a month. » 4/11/11 8:25am 4/11/11 8:25am

Call to Arms: The International Space Station Needs Lasers

OK, let's cut the crap here, NASA: After today's near-evacuation, it's clear that you need weapons on the International Space Station. And don't forget to put web controls so we all can play. » 3/12/09 5:20pm 3/12/09 5:20pm