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When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created a 200-acre, scale model…

In 1936, after nearly two decades of devastating floods in the Mississippi River Basin, Congress passed the Flood Control Act, which funneled over $300 million into dams and other projects that engineers hoped would prevent millions from losing their homes in the next flood. But even this dramatic injection of cash… » 7/08/11 1:26pm 7/08/11 1:26pm

New South Pole Station Self-Elevates with Hydraulics

A new scientific research station opened its doors last week in Amundsen-Scott, the southern-most inhabitable spot on our planet. It belongs to the US, and took 20 years and $174 million to design and build. Its creators are hoping it will last, this time—its previous incarnations were eventually buried by snow and… » 1/21/08 1:00pm 1/21/08 1:00pm