Arctic Cities Crumble as Climate Change Thaws Permafrost

from Wired At first, Yury Scherbakov thought the cracks appearing in a wall he had installed in his two-room flat were caused by shoddy workmanship. But then other walls started cracking, and then the floor started to incline. “We sat on the couch and could feel it tilt,” says his wife, Nadezhda, as they carry furniture out of the flat. Yury wasn’t a poor craftsman, and Nadezhda wasn’t crazy: One corner of their five-story building at 59 Talnakhskaya Street in the northern Russian city of Norilsk was sinking as the permafrost underneath it thawed and the foundation slowly disintegrated. In […]

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A New Map for America

from NYTs THESE days, in the thick of the American presidential primaries, it’s easy to see how the 50 states continue to drive the political system. But increasingly, that’s all they drive — socially and economically, America is reorganizing itself around regional infrastructure lines and metropolitan clusters that ignore state and even national borders. The problem is, the political system hasn’t caught up. America faces a two-part problem. It’s no secret that the country has fallen behind on infrastructure spending. But it’s not just a matter of how much is spent on catching up, but how and where it is […]

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If Only All Of America’s Crumbling Bridges Could Be Repaired This Fast

from CO.EXIST A 99-year-old bridge was rebuilt in just 39 months, but you can watch the entire process in the time-lapse video below in two minutes. Either way, it’s fast. The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge replacement project, in Massachusetts, is a rare construction project that finished ahead of schedule(by four months) and under budget (by $5 million). The video, courtesy of EarthCam, which had an HD camera on the construction site from August 2012 to November 2015, captures the rebuilding of the 870-foot span, including new car and bike lanes and lighting. More here.

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Hacked vs. Hackers: Game On

from NYTs Paul Kocher, one of the country’s leading cryptographers, says he thinks the explanation for the world’s dismal state of digital security may lie in two charts. One shows the number of airplane deaths per miles flown, which decreased to one-thousandth of what it was in 1945 with the advent of the Federal Aviation Administration in 1958 and stricter security and maintenance protocols. The other, which details the number of new computer security threats, shows the opposite. There has been more than a 10,000-fold increase in the number of new digital threats over the last 12 years. The problem, […]

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