Photo Essays

The Power—and Beauty—of Solar Energy

Utility power plants are many thing—sprawling, expensive, often polluting—but one thing they are not is beautiful. Power plants are the engines of modern...

Window on Infinity: Pictures from Space

From an explosion on the sun to a successful docking of a commercial spacecraft with the International Space Station, to a frog sent accidentally flying by a...

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Hundreds of millions of people flocked outdoors on July 22 to watch the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, a 6-min. spectacle that was visible...

True Grit: Dust Bowl Survivors

For some, the phrase “Dust Bowl” conjures a place: the Great Plains, but a Great Plains of abandoned homes, ruined lives, dead and dying crops and sand, sand,...

LIFE at the 1948 London Olympics

Taking place just three short years after the end of the Second World War, when much of London — and indeed, much of Europe — was still rebuilding after the...