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The high-tech, low-cost world of tunnel building

Cities are going down.<p>To manage relentless growth, urban centers are expanding underground at an unprecedented pace. But it isn’t just the crush of …

Urban Design

Airlines ask passengers to share photos of TSA's never-ending security lines

Stuck in line at airport security? You're not alone.<p>But then, you knew that, because there are about five billion people — give or take a billion — …

American Airlines Is Suing Gogo For Its Lousy In-Flight Wi-Fi

<i>Update: This story has been revised to reflect comment from Gogo.</i><p>It seems that you’re not the only one who’s tired of bad Wi-Fi on planes—so does …

Aviation

Bond set at $150,000 for serial stowaway arrested in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman with a history of sneaking aboard airplanes has been arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.<p>Bond was set Thursday at $150,000 for 64-year-old Marilyn Hartman. Police say she was arrested Wednesday at an airport bus shuttle center. She's due in court Tuesday …

Crime

Articles about sustainably built weekend home on Dwell.com - Dwell

Overlooking the scenic Minnehaha Creek sits one of the most unique and energy-efficient homes in the greater Minneapolis area.<p>For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.<p>Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay …

Energy Efficiency

These 3 Airlines Get the Most Hate on Social Media

Three U.S. airlines top a new list of the most hated airlines in the world, underscoring how far passengers believe America’s airlines have slipped …

Social Media

'Bird strike' rips bloody hole in plane

A bird ripped a large, bloody hole in a passenger jet when it collided with the plane during landing.<p>The incident – known in the industry as a “bird strike” – involved an Air Namibia A319-100 aircraft and an as-yet unknown bird on the approach to Hosea Kutako International.<p>The plane landed safely …

Aviation

Is the next recession on the way? Here’s everything you need to know about the market’s oil collapse

Stock markets are getting pummeled, and complicated financial instruments are causing problems. Time to worry yet?<p>Given how the first few weeks of January have played out, I feel sorry for anyone who chose as a New Year’s resolution to check their retirement accounts more assiduously. Stocks hit a …

Stock Markets

Video: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Lands On Drone Ship, Leans, Tips Over

Almost nailed it<p>SpaceX attempted to make history on Sunday by landing a rocket on an autonomous barge in the ocean. It didn't quite go as planned, though.<p>After a successful launch of the Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellite, the rocket's first stage turned around and came plummeting back to Earth. …

Urban jungle: wooden high-rises change city skylines as builders ditch concrete

Mass timber projects in Portland and New York City offer eco-friendly dwellings, but can ‘plywood on steroids’ actually catch on in the industry?<p>The concrete jungle has a rival: forests. Two urban building projects, in New York City and Portland, Oregon, will be changing their city’s skylines with …

Skyscrapers

Thailand has an aircraft carrier without any aircraft

Its carrier, the HTMS Chakri Naruebet, was meant to be a source of pride for Thailand and symbolize the developing country's power.<p>But that was before the late 1990s Asian financial crisis. Bangkok's grand plans for its carrier were significantly hobbled as a result of the region's economic …

Military

'Please switch off the camera': Qatar Airways' dramatic auto-brake aborted takeoff at JFK

Prior to that tweet, Mr Honig said another passenger - possibly an airline executive - had asked him to stop tweeting "for now". A flight attendant …

Qatar Airways

Articles about house week minimalist triplex renovation sits inside 100 year old brick walls on Dwell.com - Dwell

Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest.<p>Danish design impresario Jens Martin Skibsted works with architect Jürgen Mayer H to update a Norwegian-style, 19th-century home...<p>In this new, exclusive series for Dwell.com, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture …

Architecture

America's middle class is smaller than ever

For the first time in more than 40 years, the middle class is no longer a majority in the US, according to data released by the Pew Research Center.<p>This year, "120.8 million adults were in middle-income households, compared with 121.3 million [adults] in lower and upper-income households …

Demographics

Cargo firm claims to own 'abandoned' 747s

An air cargo firm has claimed ownership of three Boeing 747s left at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for more than a year.<p>Airport authorities placed an advert in newspapers earlier this week calling for the owner of the aircraft to come forward.<p>But Swift Air Cargo, a Malaysian firm, says it has …

Airplanes

Rosie the Riveter IRL: Meet the women who built WWII planes

Women workers of World War II<p>Rosie the Riveters in living color<p>October 1942<p>During World War II, the drafting of millions of men for combat left …

World History

Brawl erupts in Ukrainian parliament as MP attempts to carry out prime minister

Fighting breaks out among members of Ukraine's ruling coalition after a member of President Petro Poroshenko's bloc physically picked up prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and pulled him from the podium<p>A fight erupted in Ukraine's upper house of parliament on Friday when a member of the legislature …

Paris attacker was French army reject | Reuters

WISSEMBOURG, France (Reuters) - Foued Mohamed-Aggad, one of three young men who shot dead 90 people at a Paris concert hall a month ago, was turned down by the French army and possibly also by the police before Islamic State took him on to fight for them.<p>The apartment block where Foued …

Terrorism

The Most Ridiculous Things That Happened On Planes This Year

<i>By: Matt Meltzer</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Matt_Weibo</i><p>It's scientifically proven that flying makes you look and feel your absolute worst. So it shouldn't shock anybody that it can also make you act your absolute worst too. And while most of us just throw on our Beats and suffer through the experience, some …

Flying

Articles about modern mobile home dropped place crane on Dwell.com - Dwell

On the edge of a historic park in an English shire, a prefabricated home sets a new design standard.<p>On the edge of a historic park in an English shire, a prefabricated home sets a new design standard.<p>When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap.<p>Seaside or lakeside, waterfront …

Frank Lloyd Wright
Russia
Russia

An important development just happened for this $20 million submarine hotel

Having recently received patent and trademark approval, the Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel is all set to be constructed in Key West, Florida, after which it will be shipped out on a barge to an as yet undecided location.<p>Access to the structure will be via an elevator, with all rooms boasting Wi-Fi, …

Key West

Riding the subway in Seoul showed me how far behind New York is

As someone who lived in New York City for over a decade, I've relied heavily on the subway system there. But as much as I appreciate the MTA, it's not the most sophisticated or technologically advanced service in the world. A recent trip to South Korea made me realize that it may be time for NYC's …

Facelifts

Armed man arrested after crashing a truck carrying propane tanks at Arkansas State University

The suspect was identified as Brad Bartelt, 47, a former student at a separate campus of Arkansas State, the university's police chief said, adding that a motive was not yet known.<p>The truck held two large canisters of propane gas and a gasoline can. At one point Bartelt, who was brandishing a …

College & University

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shockingly reasonable climate-change plea

The former governor & movie star makes an emphatic call for climate action. Of course the GOP won’t listen<p>Arnold Schwarzenegger posted an article on his Facebook page this week that could be one of the most salient arguments in support of fighting human-made global warming we've yet seen — …

Climate

Russia plans $40 a barrel oil for next seven years as Saudi showdown intensifies

'We will live in a different reality,' said a top Kremlin official. The message is aimed squarely at Saudi Arabia in a war for market share<p>Russia is battening down the hatches for a Biblical collapse in oil revenues, warning that crude prices could stay as low as $40 a barrel for another seven …

Articles about cost effective family home pittsburgh on Dwell.com - Dwell

An architect and his wife roll up their sleeves and create an affordable family residence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.<p>With the Home Back Home #03 prototype, ENORME Studio and IKEA España partner to create flexible solutions for when grown kids...<p>How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in …

Architecture