Engineering

Cambodia’s Dirty Business
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Three activists are living in exile following a campaign to expose Cambodia’s sand mining industry.

Dam Busters
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A nascent environmental movement is liberating rivers and freeing fish.

Reinforce and Build
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The vicious cycle driving development on Florida’s most fragile beaches.

How High Schoolers’ Hacks Fixed a Whale Snot-Collecting Drone
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SnotBot got a boost from teen roboticists. 

Battling the Dike Mafia
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A renegade biologist is challenging a millennium of German dike-building tradition.

Terminator Redux: Lionfish Edition
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A new fish trap uses artificial intelligence to target lionfish. 

The Dark Side of Lighthouses
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Mouthfuls of molten lead, wild weather, and insanity: the occupational hazards of an early lighthouse keeper.

Commercial Ships Could Be Quieter, but They Aren’t
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Shipbuilding economics and lack of regulations are getting in the way of a quieter ocean.

A Pumping Plan to Elude Drought
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In British Columbia, engineers plan to pump a lake to dodge the effects of drought on a flagging river. 

Five Ways to Float Your Boat
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Big ships are built on land. Here are five ways to get them in the water.

This Robot Thinks It’s a Larva
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A new robot is designed to mimic the behavior of teeny tiny larvae.

China's Relentless Campaign to Pave the Coast
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In China, coastal development comes at a high cost.

Protests and Prison Time: the Fight Over Malé’s “Friendship Bridge”
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The public closure of a beloved surfing site has sparked unease in the Maldivian capital. 

This Scientist Is Making Batteries Out of Recycled Crab Shells
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Shellfish chitin is a starting material ripe for chemical modification.

Suddenly, a River Runs Through It
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Some rivers naturally change course, often with little warning. Now scientists are learning how to predict their moves.

Like Shazam, but for Fish
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A new device uses infrared waves to rapidly identify species and fight fish fraud.

Drones Offer Hope for Fighting Arctic Oil Spills
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Ships are flocking to the Arctic, increasing the risk of a spill in an ill-prepared region.

When Beach Nourishment Kills
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Beneath San Diego’s pristine beaches, intertidal invertebrates are struggling to survive.

An Epic Migration along the Bottom of the Sea
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The creatures that dwell on deep-sea hydrothermal vents have only a tenuous connection to life on other vents.

Flooding the Mississippi River Delta
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Louisiana’s coastline is disappearing, but controlled floods could save what’s left (or even bring it back).

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