Five Beautiful GIFs of Hurricane Arthur Show Nature's Terrifying Power

When Hurricane Arthur made landfall on the North Carolina coast last weekend, it was the strongest hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008. The storm was downright impressive visually, and these gifs document the latent beauty of nature's power. » 7/08/14 2:00pm 7/08/14 2:00pm

The Florida National Forest That Gets Pummeled by 20,000 Bombs a Year

Careful if you go camping in Florida's Ocala National Forest. One minute it's birds chirping in a serene forest and another it might be the scream of a fighter jet followed by the boom of an explosion. Because oddly enough, in the middle of this forest is the Pinecastle Impact Range, the Navy's only live bomb target… » 6/20/14 5:40pm 6/20/14 5:40pm

Google Just Bought a Swarm of Satellites To Make Maps Way Better

Today, Skybox Imaging announced it's being bought by Google for a cool $500 million in cash. Known for its high-resolution satellite imagery and video, Skybox's fleet of satellites could make Google Earth a whole lot crisper—and help fulfill Google's vision of worldwide satellite-based internet access. » 6/10/14 2:07pm 6/10/14 2:07pm

A Glitch in the Hubble Telescope Makes Beautiful Modern Art

You've seen all the mind-boggling space images from the Hubble telescope, so this might seem... bizarre. What looks like a light painting or a computer rendering is an actual image sent back during the Hubble's observing session. This is what happens when the telescope locks onto a bad guide star. The European Space… » 3/21/14 1:40pm 3/21/14 1:40pm

How Your Christmas Presents Were Shipped—As Seen in Clouds From Space

Today's as good a day as any to ponder how massive amounts of stuff gets moved around the world. iPhones from China, sweaters from Bangladesh, chocolates from Switzerland—they all make the intercontinental journey in containers stacked like Lego blocks on cargo ships. And these ships can seed their own clouds, tracing… » 12/24/13 4:30pm 12/24/13 4:30pm

The Chilling Geometry of Every US Military Base Seen From Space

The United States military is everywhere. It's so big that it's hard to quantify just how massive it is—any number used to describe it is so large that it defies the understanding of an ordinary human brain. Which is why artist Josh Begley skips the numbers and goes straight to the visuals with this chilling map,… » 12/12/13 12:20pm 12/12/13 12:20pm