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Infrastructure & Transportation

Inside the Battle for America's Airwaves

How a rush of new industrial IoT devices turned up the heat on a decades-old fight for spectrum.

Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train
In railroad lore, one steam engine stands above the rest as the ulti…
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AI Leaves a Huge Carbon Footprint

Using brute force neural networks requires a lot of energy.

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NIST Makes Mini Hyper Accurate Weighing Machine
Known as a Kibble balance, it can nail down a weight to several ten …
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Balloons Bring Emergency Cell Service to Peru
Loon has helped over 20,000 people connect with each other following…
The Day the Town Blew Up
Last fall, a sudden gas-pipeline accident destroyed dozens of homes near Boston: 141 fires, five explosions, 21 serious injuries, and o…
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Las Vegas Is Getting a Loop from Elon Musk

The Boring Company hopes its first commercial project will emerge under the bright lights of Sin City.

How the World's First Digital Circuit Breaker Could Completely Change Our Powered World

3,000 times faster than the fastest mechanical breaker, this innovation could radically alter how we manage power.

15 of the Most Impressive Solar Projects Powering Our World

The sun's limitless energy is all around us. We just need to harness it.

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Japan's New Bullet Train Can Hit 224 MPH

Sure, the train won't be taking passengers for at least another decade. But lord, is it fast.

An Entire 3D-Printed Neighborhood Will Be Constructed in 24 Hours

The secret project is happening in a mysterious location in Latin America.

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NASA Crowns Winner in Mars Habitat Competition

The #1 design is built to keep inhabitants safe from radiation.

Here’s What $115 Million Buys You When Renovating a Cruise Ship

Super slides, dancing drones, and swanky cabanas: Inside Royal Caribbean's massive overhaul of the Navigator of the Seas.

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Could We Re-Engineer A/Cs To Help Battle Climate Change?

Our A/Cs are huge contributors to climate change, but scientists are trying to turn a liability into an asset.

Why This Ingenious Firehose Could Revolutionize Firefighting
By giving firefighters a virtually unlimited air supply—without the bulk of a tank—the new firefighting tech could change how first res…
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Rebuilding History: How 21st-Century Tech Can Save Medieval Notre Dame

Meticulous laser scans will likely become vital in the years of rebuilding ahead.

As Notre Dame Smolders, France Promises to Rebuild

Reasons for the fire remain unclear but it could be related to renovation work.

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