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3 serious failures in transmission planning and how to fix them

Pop Quiz: What do auto insurance and new transmission have in common? Answer: Both are expensive to get but it can be much more expensive to not have …

How megaprojects endure mega trouble on the road to infamy

Bent Flyvbjerg’s Iron Law of Megaprojects states they will run over budget and over time, over and over again. How can it be beaten?

Building the …


New high-speed train Frecciarossa 1000 makes inaugural journey in Italy

29 April 2015

Italian transport operator Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane has put the new Frecciarossa 1000 high-speed train into service for the first …


Contingency Management for Megaprojects

Gone are the days when Megaprojects (those costing more than $1B) seemed complex. Today's challenges are on a "Gigaproject" scale.

This effort is …


Meat me on the patio: Amazing grill setups

In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, according to Tennyson. They also turn to that special grill that’s been out of …

Hot Tubs

What You Should Know About Megaprojects and Why: An Overview by Bent Flyvbjerg

This paper takes stock of megaproject management, an emerging and hugely costly field of study. First, it answers the question of how large …

Top 10

Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed

Nepalese migrants building the infrastructure to host the 2022 World Cup have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014 – despite Qatar’s promises to improve their working conditions, the Guardian has learned.

The figure excludes deaths of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi workers, raising fears …


Review: 'The Great Invisible' delves into Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Investigating the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the documentary "The Great Invisible" gives voice to many of the previously nameless and faceless victims of the disaster. Some worked on the oil rig that fateful day; others have suffered its environmental …


As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water — 2.1 trillion gallons of it.

That's the amount of water that researchers estimate is lost each year in this country because of aging and leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty …

National Public Radio

Bad assumptions cost HART millions in new change order costs

Frustrations mounted at the Honolulu Authority of Rapid Transportation (HART) board meeting today as members approved an additional $14 million in …


Keystone pipeline alternative faces $1-billion gas feud that could kill Energy East project

TransCanada will have to spend $1 billion more than planned on an oil pipeline to Canada’s Atlantic Coast if natural gas customers get their way, a …


Feds: Engineer's sleepiness caused derailment

NEW YORK (AP) — A sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment last year that killed four people and injured more than 70, federal regulators said Tuesday.

William Rockefeller's sleepiness was due to a …

Sasol Says U.S. Cracker Costs to Shape GTL Plant Decision

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sasol Ltd. said a decision on whether to proceed with a U.S. facility to turn natural gas into transportation fuels will …


6 Must-Try Regional Barbecue Sauces! Plus, the BEST BBQ Sauce Recipes

Tell me the kind of barbecue sauce YOU like, and I'll make a pretty accurate guess where you live. There are almost as many unique regional barbecue sauces that are as distinctive accents, y'all. Every aspiring pit master should be familiar with them. Or at least know how spill them strategically …


An Apple a Day ... Takes Your Barbecue to the Next Level! Plus, the Three Best BBQ Sauce Recipes to Try Now

It looked like a charcoal marble at first glance and it stopped me dead in my tracks. It was a carbonized crab apple on a Stone Age hearth in the southwest of France -- visceral proof of the common bond we moderns share with our prehistoric ancestors: our passion for -- make that obsession with -- …


To Brine or Not to Brine? That is the Question

Brining is becoming more and more popular, particularly with poultry. There is little debate as to whether or not to brine a chicken or a turkey. …


Grilled Desserts | Food & Wine

Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.


7 Things That Are Better Grilled Over Charcoal

While not all chefs prefer charcoal over gas (Tom Mylan makes a pretty convincing argument for gas grilling), the majority do. That’s because grilling over charcoal infuses the meat, fish or vegetable with a delicious smokiness that you just won’t get if you’re using a gas grill.

If you’re worried …


Berlin Tegel: The airport that refuses to die

It's Friday afternoon and Berlin Tegel Airport is overwhelmed.

Several flights are delayed and passengers crowd the terminal, scowling at the departure screens and tapping away at their smartphones in frustration.

It's not a typical scene at Tegel but hardly a surprising one.

The airport was built 40 …


A Proposal to Improve Penn Station by Moving Madison Square Garden

The Amtrak departures board in Penn Station, New York. Joe Shlabotnik / FlickrMoving Madison Square Garden three blocks away to a U.S. Postal Service …

Penn Station

EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut

EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.

The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected.

Correspondents say the final deal …

Sydney CBD & South East light rail preferred bidder named

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government named the Connecting Sydney consortium as preferred bidder for a PPP contract to build and operate Sydney’s …

World’s 1st carbon capture power plant switches on in Canada

Canada has switched on the first large-scale coal-fired power plant fitted with a technology that proponents say enables the burning of fossil fuels …


Sambal Chicken Skewers

Kebabs get a bad rap. (Decades of alternating zucchini coins and cherry tomatoes can do that.) But this Asian take, with a spicy, sticky glaze, makes for a very convincing comeback. Watch the step-by-step video here.

Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Whisk brown sugar, vinegar, chili paste, fish …


Construction employment grows in most US states

Construction employers added jobs in 39 US states in the last year, according to a new analysis of government data by Associated General Contractors …

New Jersey

Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

The past few years have been California's driest on record. Forecasters predict that punishing droughts like the current one could become the new norm.

The state uses water rationing and a 90-year-old water distribution system to cope until the rains come. The system is a huge network of dams, …

California Drought

Can a $5.4-billion tunnel plan fix the notorious 710 gap?

Officials have long blamed the unfinished 710 Freeway for congestion on nearby freeways and local streets. Opposition from cities led by South Pasadena has always quashed finishing the 710, but now, authorities are considering extending it with 4.9-mile-long twin tunnels. Light rail, enhanced bus …



Mysterious object halts construction of Seattle's $3 billion tunnel

Deep below Seattle's picturesque waterfront, a subterranean drama is unfolding. A five-story drill named Bertha has been carving a new tunnel as part of a $3.1 billion plan to construct a highway beneath the city. On December 6th, drilling stopped. Something is blocking Bertha. Could it be a giant …


How to Make Fish Tacos: A Step-by-Step Guide - Bon Appétit

August 11, 2014 /

Written by Alfia Muzio

When the topic of fish tacos came up in a staff meeting, you would have thought we were talking about Obamacare, not a recipe. Opinions were strong, tempers flared. People argued about grilled versus fried, and what, exactly, belongs in the batter (is a …