Category: STORIES

Dec 17, 2012

DigitalGlobe’s Top Satellite Images of 2012

DigitalGlobe’s Top Satellite Images of 2012

DigitalGlobe is a worldwide leader in satellite imagery. Founded in 1993 under the name WorldView Imaging Corporation, it became EarthWatch Incorporated in 1995, before finally becoming DigitalGlobe in 2002. In 1993, the United States Department of Commerce granted DigitalGlobe (then WorldView), the first license allowing a private enterprise to build and operate a satellite…

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Dec 12, 2012

An Abandoned School in Detroit – Now and Then

An Abandoned School in Detroit – Now and Then

Through photography, detroiturbex.com seeks to raise awareness of the social and economic challenges facing the city of Detroit. Over the course of 100 years the population level has rapidly expanded and contracted. In the 1950s the population was approximately 1.85 million, in 2010, it was 713,000. The recent contraction means many of the buildings…

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Dec 11, 2012

The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

After the positive reception from last year’s Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012. That time has come! Below are the top 100 POTDs for 2012.…

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Dec 10, 2012

The HemLoft: A Secret Tree House in the Woods

The HemLoft: A Secret Tree House in the Woods

Built and Photographed by Joel Allen HemLoft is a self-funded secret tree house built by Joel Allen on crown land (government owned) in Whistler, Canada. It hangs on a precipitous slope, in a towering stand of hemlocks, about a five minute walk from the nearest road. The story of how it came to be…

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Dec 6, 2012

Picture of the Day: The Roller Coaster Submerged by Sandy

Picture of the Day: The Roller Coaster Submerged by Sandy

THE ROLLER COASTER SUBMERGED BY SANDY Photograph by Stephen Wilkes | Prints available The following is from Stephen Wilkes, who has offered limited edition prints of this photo as part of the Art for Sandy Relief Project in collaboration with TIME’s photo editors. All net proceeds from print sales go towards six…

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Dec 4, 2012

The Fastest Plane on Earth [25 pics]

The Fastest Plane on Earth [25 pics]

Photograph by NASA Since 1976, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird has held the world record for the fastest ‘air-breathing manned aircraft’ with a recorded speed of 1,905.81 knots (2,193.2 mph; 3,529.6 km/h). That works out to a staggering 36.55 miles/58.83 km per minute. The Blackbird was so fast that its strategy against surface-to-air missiles was…

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Dec 1, 2012

Inside Amazon’s ‘Chaotic Storage’ Warehouses

Inside Amazon’s ‘Chaotic Storage’ Warehouses

As the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon needs somewhere to put all of those products. The solution? Giant warehouses. Eighty to be exact. Strategically located near key shipping hubs around the world. The warehouses themselves are massive, with some over 1.2 million square feet in size (111,484 sq m). And at the heart of…

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