2019 Needed a Hit as Bleak as Chernobyl

Animals are dying in droves across the globe. It's 123 degrees in India. US politics are a garbage fire. Diseases eradicated by science have been reanimated by ignorance. Technology meant to unite people has divided them instead. Adam Rogers The Chernobyl Disaster May Have Also Built a Paradise Emily Dreyfuss Game of Thrones Is the Last Great Show to Bring Us Together Peter Rubin Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons But, hey, at least we're not dealing with a nuclear meltdown! On Monday nights for the past 5 weeks, 6 million people cumulatively have tuned in to watch HBO's Chernobyl, which by some estimates is now the highest-rated show ever to air on television. (Though as we …

23 Oddly Satisfying Soviet-Era Control Rooms

In the 69 years of its existence the Soviet Union, or USSR, became an industrial and technological behemoth. The communist union of republics (many of which were unwilling members that were kept behind the iron curtain by force), sent the first man into space, was the catalyst behind the defeat of the Nazis and had a list of rather impressive achievements in its short history, despite obvious flaws in the makeup of its society. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: republic.ru crimea.ria.ru One thing we can all appreciate, however, is the strange beauty of these Soviet-era control rooms. Before digitization, things like power plants, railway systems, space programs and nuclear weapons had to be monitored by huge banks …