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Infrastructure & Transportation

This 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 responders approach fire scenes.

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How 21st-Century Tech Can Save Notre Dame
Meticulous laser scans will likely become vital in the years of rebu…
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As Notre Dame Smolders, France Promises to Rebuild
Reasons for the fire remain unclear but it could be related to renov…
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Dam That Caused Mass Evacuations Operational Again

A massive infrastructure gets an expensive repair.

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Giant Rural Skyscraper Will Be Seen For Miles
The Bestseller Tower will be seen from miles away, standing over a …
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A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.

How a rivalry and a dangerous feat of engineering brought a city to the clouds.

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EU Passes New Copyright Rules That Could Have a Disastrous Effect

Restrictive copyright rules under consideration could have a huge, negative effect on the freedom and openness of the internet.

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The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021

The most powerful computer, dozens of times faster than any other computer in the world, will be built just outside Chicago.

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Boats Can Dock Themselves Now And It's Totally Wild

"I'm the captain now," says Raymarine's autonomous docking system.

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Huge Russian Boat Meets South Korean Bridge. Bridge Wins.

When a 6,000-ton boat meets a sturdy bridge—the results are never pretty.

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Google Could Make Wind Power More Reliable With Algorithms That Predict the Breeze

You really don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, it turns out.

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The Wild Conspiracy Theory That the Titanic Never Sank

The theory goes that one gigantic boat was swapped for another for insurance money, but it doesn't quite hold up.

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Rental Bike Missing Since 2017 Suddenly Reappears—Covered in Barnacles

After apparently spending months underwater, the bike somehow reappeared at a Manhattan docking station.

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What's in the Green New Deal?

Can it really fight back climate change and move the U.S. to renewable energy?

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5 Bleeding-Edge Technologies the Green New Deal Needs To Succeed
The Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey is ambitious, which it must be if it's going to combat climate cha…
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In 1997, We Seriously Thought the Internet Might Die. Here's Why.

Clogged up, bogged down, and gridlocked, the internet is in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own success.

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