For the past few months I've been reporting a big story on the copper industry for Pacific Standard. It takes a broad look at how the global economic boom of… Read the rest of the article: Inside a mile-deep open-pit copper mine after a catastrophic landslide
After World War II and the toppling of the Nazi regime, the Soviets laid claim to much of Germany's highly-advanced metallurgy industry. In so doing they got a head start on the Cold War race for supersonic air superiority. Unwittingly, they also set in motion a larger, and largely forgotten, industrial revolution that shaped the second half of the 20th century and will shape the 21st. This is the story of the birth of the Jet Age — but it's anchored firmly to the ground.