Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

It's been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the area has been left holding the proverbial bag—which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to… » 8/25/14 4:54pm 8/25/14 4:54pm

An Algorithm Revealed 200 Lost Paintings on Angkor Wat's Ancient Walls

Even a building as famous and photographed as Angkor Wat has its secrets. With the help of an image enhancement algorithm, a sharp-eyed rock-art researcher has revealed that unassuming smears of pigment are actually faded drawings. It could be graffiti—or it could be the remnants of a concerted 16th century… » 5/29/14 5:20pm 5/29/14 5:20pm

Parts of New York City Are Built on the Ruins of English Cathedrals

Last week, Jalopnik's Michael Ballaban posted about what is easily one of my favorite urban stories of all time, which is that parts of Manhattan are actually built on the wartime ruins of English towns—churches, homes, pubs, libraries, shops, and businesses—all shipped to the U.S. as ballast during World War II. » 12/23/13 11:00am 12/23/13 11:00am

Ever Wonder What Happened to the Water-Parks of Your Childhood?

Waterparks are a much-beloved pastime for those who endured those sticky summer days. With the dreaded heat and humidity just around the corner, reading the blog post at Vice's Motherboard on abandoned water-parks is the perfect way to prepare yourself. The post by Michael Byrne chronicles the sad stories of water… » 3/22/12 7:20pm 3/22/12 7:20pm