In the 1960s California had a serious plan to take water from Alaska

It's so ungodly hot in much of California right now that you can almost hear the sun sucking what's left of our reservoirs dry. But if a group of engineers and politicians would have had their way in 1964, the lower 48 would be swimming in water imported from the far North—all the way from Alaska. » 9/16/14 5:39pm 9/16/14 5:39pm

California Wants to Send Water Uphill Through Its State Aqueduct

Gravity being what it is, water tends to flow downhill—but engineers in California are trying to reverse that process in order to counter the effects of the state's current drought. » 5/07/14 5:00am 5/07/14 5:00am

This 400-Mile "Manmade River" Might Soon Flow Uphill Across Kansas

A 1982 plan to build a nearly 400-mile long artificial river across Kansas—an infrastructural super-project that could cost as much as $12 billion—is back on the table, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Who said Big Government is bad—especially when it brings thirsty Red States their water? “We've got a… » 10/24/13 2:00pm 10/24/13 2:00pm

The Long, Unglamorous History of the Toilet

Nobody is entirely sure who first had the privilege of sitting on a toilet. Evidence of advanced plumbing systems in the ancient world abounds, but it's a strange, meandering path from antiquity to checking your inbox on the can. » 8/27/10 4:00pm 8/27/10 4:00pm