Graphic of the day: Deep Tunnel
Report from March: "[A] significant portion of our Nation's bridges ... may be nearing the end of their anticipated design lives"
The Minneapolis bridge disaster seems to confirm that observation
$20,000 in coins set up like a domino relay
It was part of a promotion for a British TV show promoting innovations
BBC gets unceremoniously yanked from the airwaves in Moscow
Turkey wants to be in the center of energy trading
By cooperating with a bunch of resource-rich countries in the East, they're hoping to become merchants to the West. That's probably why Russia is showing a new level of interest in the Mediterranean.
Update to the Future Scale
114 predictions about the future
Chicago's Deep Tunnel overwhelmed by recent floods
One solution to flooding: Build houses that float
Consumers get worried about markets; markets get worried about consumers
And the result is a bunch of needless panic
The 27 pages of things you can't put on a vanity plate in Michigan
Includes DOGPOOP and 38DD. Apparently there are a lot of goofballs in Michigan.
Corn-based polymer absorbs 2,000 times its weight in water
It's being used to save water-damaged books without the normal hassles
Thug who beat and carjacked 91-year-old man gets up to 30 years in prison
Replacement shelter for Chernobyl is 7 years behind schedule
That's scary, considering there are some giant holes in the existing structure that allow rain in (and through to the groundwater) and dust out. Related: Russia and Belarus are talking about sharing nuclear weapons
Parts of Manhattan sit on top of British war rubble
Britain had tons of rubble as a result of the Blitz during World War II, and they needed to get rid of it -- just as New York City was in need of material for landfill. In fact, 25% of Manhattan is landfill.