'What We're Really Looking at When We Look at Pluto'
The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking. Towering mountains of ice, smooth plains, a wan alien landscape. They're amazing not only for what they tell us about Pluto, but for instilling wonder at seeing something human beings have until now only imagined and speculated upon.
But did we really see Pluto? Read more.
'Inside Gitmo's Surreal Recreation Spots, Tiki Bar and All'
The first time Debi Cornwall stepped inside Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, her escort casually mentioned, "Gitmo is the best posting a soldier can have. There’s so much fun to be had here." Thus began Cornwall’s surreal experience documenting one of the most infamous and secretive prisons in recent history, a location the photographer calls "a place of many contradictions." Read more.
'Elefantentreffen Is the Most Bizarre Motorcycle Rally You've Never Heard Of'
Forget about Rolling Thunder and Daytona Bike Week and even Sturgis. If you want to see truly hardcore motorcycle fanatics, make your way to Elefantentreffen. It's the most amazing motorcycle rally you've never heard of.
Every winter for the past 60 years, a few thousand riders from throughout Europe descend on Germany (the location has changed over the years) in the dead of winter for three days of laughter, roast pig, and many, many drinks. Read more.
'The Hulking, Retro Computers That Made the Way for Your iPhone'
There was a time not so long ago when computers were not thin, stylish, devices you slip into a pocket or wear on your wrist, but enormous, fabulous machines with flashing lights and spinning fans. These behemoths filled rooms and captured imaginations with their promise of the future.
James Ball‘s ongoing series Guide To Computing is a love letter to the technology of yore. His bright, colorful photos bring a graphic look to 10 computers from the 1940s to the 1970s and remind you of just how prescient Gordon Moore was. That MacBook in your bag or Nexus 6P in your hand is the distant relative of the Harwell Dekatron that weighted 4,500 pounds and used punch tape. Read more.