It’s a well-known fact that some of our favorite seafoods come with an unsavory dose of heavy metals like mercury. But there’s another group of chemicals that sometimes lace our tuna steaks, and the latest findings on them are anything but appetizing.
In March 1968, a Soviet Golf II submarine carrying nuclear ballistic missiles exploded and sank 1,500 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Five months later, the US government discovered the wreckage—and decided to steal it. So began Project AZORIAN, one of the most absurdly ambitious operations the CIA has ever…
QUOTE | “It doesn’t matter what it will cost. If it costs too much this week it will cost the right amount a year from now.” - Oculus head of worldwide studios Jason Rubin, talking about why he’s a great believer in the future of VR despite the initial costs.
The New York Times reports the Environmental Protection Agency will soon establish emissions rules for airplanes, as it has for motor vehicles and power plants, to limit airlines’ contributions to global warming.
People in Wenzhou, a prefecture in the Zhejiang province, woke up yesterday to discover that their local river had turned a dark crimson. What could have caused the sudden transformation?
We've known for a while now that DreamWorks Animation switched the premiere dates for their new property (starring Steve Martin and Rihanna), Home and the long-awaited Penguins of Madagascar. It was only recently that Mike Reyes over at Cinema Blend pointed out why they made the decision. Here is the reason and why…
Last week, Cartoon Brew pointed out some potentially belittling comments actor and motion-capture icon Andy Serkis made in a recent interview with io9. In short, Serkis downplayed the role of animators in creating realistic mo-cap CGI. And while Serkis is certainly right to say an actor makes a huge contribution…
Gigantic factories have always been symbols of prosperity — but also of dystopian horror. Some of the biggest factories in our world today evoke ambivalent feelings of dread and awe.
The Industrial Revolution was at its height in the mid-19th century, but it was still in full swing in the early 20th century, when these photos were taken. They offer a portrait of the U.S. looking profoundly different. But it was also when we built many of our great bridges and public works, so some things have…
Chances are you're typing on a keyboard as you read this. But could you imagine typing on a set of keys like the ones above? The typewriter keyboard has a long and colorful history — and here are some eye-opening pictures of typewriters from the past two centuries.
While ABC showed viewers the glitz and glamor of Sunday night's Academy Awards from the red carpet and inside the Dolby Theater, across the street there was a very different show going on. Members of the visual effects (VFX) industry gathered on Hollywood Boulevard to raise awareness about the financial hardships…
There is nothing more awesome than watching industrial machines do what they are made to do. And here, in this Russian report on a giant mobile drill, you can see what I hope will one day turn up in a comic book with a mutant alien who hates Green Lantern riding on the back of it.
You'd think that blowback from the Deepwater oil disaster would make companies more cautious about drilling deep into the Earth in search of black gold. But a terrific article by Discover's Mac Margolis reveals drilling is only getting more extreme.
No, this isn't a secret UFO installation. It's a natural underground gas tank that contains over a billion cubic meters of helium, important in many industrial processes, located under America's Great Plains. It's covered in mines, domes, and pipelines.
Nuclear reactors are an unlikely source of art, but the complex workings of these machines have a strange, industrial beauty to them. These incredibly detailed wall charts explain the inner workings of the machines and display them in cutaways.
This is actually a massive boring device, captured by the Department of Energy. Geoff Manaugh of BLDG BLOG came across it a few days ago.
Check out this scary video of a Terminator-esque "harvester" machine that cuts a tree down, shaves its branches and bark off, and then spits it out in perfect, standard log lengths. (Thanks, Gregory!)
This gigantic tool is an ore-grinding machine at the Kumtore gold mine, the largest in Central Asia. The mine clings to the side of the Tien Shien mountain range, 4200 meters above sea level in Issyk Kul Province, Kyrgyzstan. Want to see the process of smelting gold up there in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan?