Henry Petroski

Apr. 13, 2012

Engineering for Success by Building on Failure

A new book explores why engineers should pay close attention to past failures when designing a new bridge or plane.

engineering, bridges, invention, failure, Titanic, Challenger, Columbia, design, civil engineering

Oct. 26, 2007

Building Better Bridges

Engineers have been building bridges for hundreds of years. But are better designs, techniques, and materials available today?

transportation, infrastructure, bridges

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Strange Fish

Dr. Seuss's McElligot's Pool (1947) features some fantastic fish—ones with pinwheel-like tails, curly noses, long floppy ears, or Kangaroo pouches. The fictional fish do have some truly strange nonfictional cousins, among which are giant oarfish, barreleye fish, and sawfish.

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