NEW MEXICO

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The New Mexico Solar Observatory Mysteriously Commandeered by the FBI Is Back in Business

It's never aliens.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.18.18
nothing to see here

The Totally Normal Town Where Everyone Worked on Weapons of Mass Destruction

A 1954 report from the birthplace of the atomic bomb wants you to know that everything is totally “normal” in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Daniel Oberhaus
5.13.17
Power VR

Radioactive Cats and Nuclear Priests: How to Warn the Future About Toxic Waste

Nuclear waste can remain toxic for tens of thousands of years. How do you warn the future that they’re standing on nuclear waste when there’s no one around to translate?
Daniel Oberhaus
5.4.17
video

The Small Town Where 'X-Files' Is Real Life

Ever since the incident in 1947, this small New Mexico town can’t shake its obsession with aliens.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
12.4.15
immortality

We Must Destroy Nukes Before an Artificial Intelligence Learns to Use Them

Why transhumanists favor nuclear disarmament.
Zoltan Istvan
11.10.15
Science

The Online Afterlife of Manhattan Project Physicist Philip Morrison

"Scientific knowledge and understanding is not a purely cerebral affair; it is soaked with emotion, excitement, and nervous tension, as everyone knows who has heard Philip Morrison talk."
Becky Ferreira
11.7.15
Features

Twilight of the Bomb

One of the last surviving Manhattan Project scientists returns to the crater of the first nuclear bomb on its 70th birthday.
Brian Merchant
8.6.15
nasa

Why Does In-Flight Wi-Fi Drop Over New Mexico Due to 'Government Restrictions'?

An area heavy with government activity censors the internet overhead. I tried to find out why.
Kari Paul
7.8.15
Science

The Elusive Fifth Order Rainbow Has Been Photographed for the First Time

Until recently, no one was sure anything more than a double rainbow could ever occur in nature.
Alexandra Ossola
10.21.14
Motherboard Blog

Occupy Spaceport

To open the world's first commercial spaceport on Monday, Richard Branson did the sort of thing that Richard Branson does: he rappelled down the side of the glassy main building, situated in the sands of New Mexico, and sucked on a bottle of champagne...
ALEX PASTERNACK
10.19.11