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Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US dams

One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California's half-century-old, towering Oroville Dam say they are looking hard at how they overlooked its built-in weaknesses for decades.<p>The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is …

Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket heading towards asteroid belt after overshooting Mars' orbit

Elon Musk's super-rocket has taken flight and overshot Mars' orbit, going further out into the solar system than originally planned.<p>His cherry-red Tesla, carrying a dummy and blasting Bowie's Life on Mars, was supposed to take a path around the Sun which would take it out into Mars' orbit.<p>It …

The secret history of the Russian consulate in San Francisco

The first thing you need to understand about the building that, until very recently, housed the Russian Consulate in San Francisco — a city where topography is destiny, where wealth and power concentrate, quite literally, at the top — is its sense of elevation. Brick-fronted, sentinel-like, and six …

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The Other Tech Bubble

<b>In September,</b> I met with a prominent entrepreneur looking for positive press on his new project. Meetings like these are a common, usually formulaic, …

How Fluent Forever became the most funded app in Kickstarter history

Self-taught polyglot Gabriel Wyner is promising fluency to thousands<p>Did you study a language for multiple years in high school or college? Did you learn a language while studying abroad? Now ask yourself if you could hold a basic conversation in that language if somebody fluent were to come up to …

Language Learning

¿Cuáles son las especies más curiosas descubiertas en 2016?

Desde hace una década el <i>International Institute of Species Exploration</i> publica una lista con las especies más curiosas descubiertas cada año. Lo hace …

The New Yorker’s Big Cover Story Reveals Five Uncomfortable Truths About U.S. and Russia

The New Yorker is aggressively touting its 13,000-word cover story on Russia and Trump that was bylined by three writers, including the magazine’s …

The Cognitive Bias President Trump Understands Better Than You

Americans born in the United States are more murderous than undocumented immigrants. Fighting words, I know. But why? After all, that's just what the …

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