Step Inside The Historic Photo Archive Stored In an Underground Mine

Boyers, Pennsylvania, is home to the Iron Mountain storage facility, a former limestone mine that is now the storage site of more than 15 million photographic negatives and prints, all preserved hundreds of feet underground. This documentary, produced by the Hillman Photography Initiative, takes you inside for a… » 4/29/14 5:39pm 4/29/14 5:39pm

Exploding Dogs Were Used as Mobile Anti-Tank Mines During World War II

Today I found out about the use of exploding anti-tank dogs during World War II. These dogs, usually Alsatians, were also called "Hundminen" or "dog mines." They were trained to carry explosives on their bodies to enemy tanks, where they would then be detonated. No, it did not end very well for the dogs in question. » 12/02/13 5:10am 12/02/13 5:10am

These Autonomous Dump Trucks Let Mines Operate Around the Clock

As the pace of robotic integration into the modern workforce continues to increase, automatons are finding their way into an ever wider variety of industries. Already making an impact in the agricultural sector, automatons are now poised to perform the task of driving massive, house-sized mining trucks—a job once held… » 11/13/13 12:00pm 11/13/13 12:00pm

Take a Street View Tour of an Underground Chapel Built Out of Salt

If opulent isn’t an adjective you’d immediately associate with the mining profession, then you’ve clearly never had a peek inside Poland’s Wieliczka Salt Mine. The subterranean marvel (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) has been operational since the first shafts were dug way back in the 13th century, but the decor has… » 9/10/13 3:40pm 9/10/13 3:40pm

A Former 1900s Coal Mine Reborn as a Modernist's Playground

Post-industrial cities have long struggled to find new uses for the (often gargantuan) factory infrastructure that once made their towns boom. Usually, that means a park or a museum. But a few cities—like Genk, Belgium—have tried a more experimental approach, turning these decrepit sites into unusual creative spaces. » 8/28/13 4:10pm 8/28/13 4:10pm

Radio-Style System of Communication Via Magnetic Waves Demonstrated in…

After 13 miners were trapped in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia, four years ago, rescuers didn't know where to look for survivors — they could have been anywhere between 11,000 and 13,000 feet from the entrance. Radio waves can't penetrate very far through rock, so there was no way to communicate with the miners. » 8/10/10 1:00am 8/10/10 1:00am

Serious Weapons: Navy Uses Poison Darts to Neutralize Surf Mines

The Navy has figured out a strange way to neutralize deadly mines near the beach: using a satellite-guided bomb that releases thousands of poison darts. Each .50 caliber Venom dart is packing some seriously poisonous stuff called DETA, causing some of the mines to explode and then neutralizing the rest of them with… » 1/24/07 11:16am 1/24/07 11:16am