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Michigan Leaders Knew About Flint Water’s Connection to Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

Just as Flint residents began to realize the severity of their water crisis, public health officials became alarmed about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which ended up killing nine people in the city. Emails just made public show that Michigan leaders were made aware of the connection almost a year ago, but did…

What Happened In Flint Doesn't Mean You Should Stop Drinking Tap Water

Lead poisoning the drinking water of Flint is the worst possible disaster. It’s a breakdown of urban systems that could’ve been avoided. It’s an instance of smarmy politicians lying to their constituents. It’s one of the scariest stories I’ve had to write about in some time. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust the…

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Can California Drought-Proof Itself With This Pair of Giant Gravity-Powered Water Tunnels?

As part of his State of the State address today, California Governor Jerry Brown released a new video to explain his plan for protecting California’s water supply. According to Brown, it’ll not only drought-proof the state’s water, but also make it earthquake-proof, terrorism-proof, and climate change-proof. Ambitious.

Watch a 80-Foot Tall Boat Somehow Clear a Bridge That's Way Too Low

It’s the classic dilemma of being on a sailboat that has a 80-foot tall mast but needing to get under a bridge that only has a 65-foot clearance. The answer is obvious, right? Just strap some heavy bags to the mast so you bend the boat diagonal so it shortens the height of the ship. Instead of sailing straight, you’re…