NSA's information behemoth to swallow a library a minute

The US$1.7 billion facility that is being built by the NSA in Utah is based on four big halls filled with servers and cables plus a vast space for technical support and administration. Photo: AP

Deep in Mormon country, thousands of labourers have worked for two years to build a US$1.7 billion facility that will provide a new home for the NSA's exponentially expanding information store. Sited on an unused swath of a National Guard base, by September it will employ about 200 technicians, span 93,000 square metres and use 65 megawatts of power.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am

Nature of the piste: Alf Alderson's first resorts

Champagny-en-Vanoise, La Plagne, France. Photo: Christian Tatin

With more than 1,000 to choose from, which ski resort best suits your needs? Alf Alderson gives his pick of winning winter wonderlands.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:41pm

Stylish Roadster is ace of pace

Never mind the specifications of the Nissan 370Z Roadster, let's head straight for the most appealing aspects of this two-seater convertible.

Rarely have I been so glad to get behind the wheel and start on a road test. It's a car with heated seats and, if there's this much attention to detail, it follows that the rest of the vehicle must be pretty good.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am



19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

A walk in the parks

American author Edward Abbey once described Utah's Arches National Park as 'the most beautiful place on Earth', although he was gracious enough to concede 'there are many such places'. He needn't have looked far to find a few because, apart from Mormonism, landscapes are the thing Utah does best.

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Utah mayor takes on Mormons

Opposing the Mormon church in the American state of Utah is tantamount to political suicide for any politician in a state where church devotees make up 80 per cent of voters.

But the mayor of the church's home city has been forced to do that to protect first amendment rights to free speech.

4 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Play cowboy this summer

Young people have a chance to explore the lost world of dinosaurs as part of a thrilling summer adventure in the United States.

The programme combines learning with fun.

You can rustle cattle, host a rodeo show or dine at an authentic native American resort.

You can even join a US Independence Day march on July 4.

14 Jun 1998 - 12:00am