Built in 1923 for cold storage, the building at 1000 West Fulton Market in Chicago is essentially a 450,000 square foot cork insulated refrigerator. Eclipsed in efficiency by more modern cooling warehouses, the building hasn’t been properly maintained for about a decade and the ice has run amok. While the resulting formations were stunning and beautiful (see gallery below), the property is being converted into modern offices, so propane heaters were brought in to defrost the facility. Time lapse video after the jump.
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During the heyday of nuclear testing, a giant tower was built out in the Nevada desert so an unshielded reactor could be placed at the top in order to see just how much radiation made it to the ground. The BREN tower was the tallest man made structure in the US that nobody knew about, but alas, her time has passed. On May 23, the tower was demolished with explosives (yes, there is video, but honestly the tower is so tall and the cameras so far away it is a bit anti-climactic), so let’s take a look back a piece of atomic history to commemorate.
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