Engineering

Sand? Mine!
Features

Our insatiable need for concrete has led to destructive mining around the world. How can we do it better?

Blasting Through the Hunley Mystery
Features

A maverick scientist claims she has done what scores of researchers before her failed to do: solve the century-old mystery of why a legendary...

In the Netherlands, a Better Way to Rebuild the Beach
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A US $78-million experiment aims to reinforce the rapidly eroding coastline, while avoiding the ecological damage common with other nourishment...

Watts in the Water
Features

Our oceans contain enough energy to power the planet—if we could just get our hands on it.

Hamburg’s Half-Billion-Dollar Bet
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The German shipping city will spend US $592-million over 30 years in a bid to hold back the rising sea.

Detoxing the Ocean
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New technology could pull toxic metals out of contaminated water.

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.

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