Hacking Into Traffic Lights With a Plain Old Laptop Is Scary Simple

The idea that our traffic data systems are vulnerable is not a new one. In fact, improving cyber security on our nation's infrastructure is a huge priority right now. But a new study from the University of Michigan on the vulnerabilities of traffic lights is shocking proof that we need to make some major changes, and… » 8/19/14 5:50pm 8/19/14 5:50pm

Highways are Making California's Mountain Lions Inbred and Aggressive

Highways let us humans zip from one place to another—at least when the traffic's not horrendous. But for wild animals, highways are like wide concrete fences that feature metal boxes of death barreling down at 70 mph. In the Santa Monica Mountains, a population of wild mountain lions has become penned in by highways… » 8/15/14 1:13pm 8/15/14 1:13pm

These Enormous Caverns Below NYC Are Starting To Look Like Train Tunnels

It's been several months since we last checked in with New York City's perennially delayed, incredibly expensive infrastructural wonder: The East Side Access project, a plan to build a new station beneath Grand Central station that will connect Manhattan and Queens. Deep below the city, work continues—and now, the MTA… » 8/12/14 9:37am 8/12/14 9:37am

You'll Never Find The (Unofficial) Oldest Bridge In New York City

The picture above is not, unfortunately, the oldest bridge in New York City. It's a picture of the Manhattan Bridge, arguably the prettiest in the area, under construction in 1909. While that's plenty old, it's still not the oldest bridge in New York. Not by a longshot. And you'll never find it. » 8/09/14 2:34pm 8/09/14 2:34pm

The 5 Most Impressive Infrastructure Projects of the Year

Each year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gives out an award to celebrate the sheer size and complexity and awesomeness of infrastructure projects built by Americans. From an Antarctic research station on hydraulic stilts to an flyover railroad crossing, this year's five finalists are truly remarkable. » 8/07/14 9:00am 8/07/14 9:00am

This Guy Built a Toll Road Just To Avoid Construction Delays

When life hands you landslides, make your own private toll road detour. (Haven't you heard the saying?) Since February, a landslide has closed the A431 highway between Bristol and Bath in England, adding an extra hour to the commute. So one enterprising local guy built a road through a private field—the UK's private… » 8/05/14 6:09pm 8/05/14 6:09pm

Terrifying Footage Of Deadly Taiwan Explosion Captured On Dash Cam

A deadly gas explosion in Kaohsiung, Taiwan killed at least 28 people yesterday morning, combusting with enough power to destroy whole city blocks and lift cars onto the roofs of buildings. And now footage has emerged from local cameras, completely with terrifying pillars of fire. » 8/02/14 2:51pm 8/02/14 2:51pm

A New Underwater Internet Cable Directly Connects Crimea And Russia

Russia's connection with Crimea is an unsolved geopolitical quandary, but the physical connection to the Russian mainland just got a bit stronger: Crimean ISPs have transitioned over to a new 28.5-mile-long underwater cable connecting directly to Russia, bypassing the old connection through Ukraine. » 8/01/14 12:14pm 8/01/14 12:14pm

These Photos of Rest Areas Will Make You Want to Take a Road Trip

The rest areas were always my favorite parts of road trips. There was room to walk around and, somewhere, a vending area. I always got lost in the weird maps and wondered who used those curious barbecues. And so when I saw Nicolò Sertorios blissfully barren photo series, I wanted to hop in the car. » 7/20/14 4:01pm 7/20/14 4:01pm

Chicago Wants To Install Superconducting Cable To End Power Outages

With the threat of terrorism and extreme weather perennially perched on the horizon, Chicago's getting creative with its infrastructure upgrades. The city's primary power company, Commercial Edison, is planning to install superconducting cables to prevent outages in the city center. Why doesn't every city do this? » 7/16/14 6:00pm 7/16/14 6:00pm

Why Potholes Happen (And How to Get Them Fixed)

They're the bane of modern interstates and countryside roads alike: Potholes cost American drivers nearly $6.5 billion dollars in flat tires, blown shocks, and cracked rims in 2013, according to AAA. Save your car this beating by learning to recognize the early warning signs of developing potholes and how to get them… » 7/15/14 3:30pm 7/15/14 3:30pm