SCIENCE IN THE NEWS WEEKLY
Hybrid Auto Sales? 'I'm Selling Every One I Can Get My Hands On'
With the price of gasoline nearing $4 a gallon, many American motorists are deciding that hybrid cars represent a technology whose time has come. Dealers are selling them as fast as they are delivered. But it takes a lot of driving to offset the sticker price.
In other technology news, the Brooklyn Bridge, which remains a powerful symbol of engineering and imagination, celebrated its 125th birthday last week. Thousands of people turned out for the party last Thursday. The bridge opened on May 24, 1883.
And a touring exhibit called "Building America's Canals" reveals the engineering challenges that were overcome in constructing the historic waterways that aided westward expansion. Created by the National Canal Museum in Easton, Pa., the exhibit is currently in Williamsport, Md.
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PODCAST & VIDEO: Engineering Around Extreme Events
Extreme events, such as super floods and hurricanes, are becoming more common, so civil engineers are trying to adapt civil infrastructure such as bridges to these unpredictable and sometimes devastating meteorological events. Engineer Ana Barros discusses how engineering can prepare us for extreme weather events, but also how changing climate and population conditions can affect the ability of infrastructure to hold up over time.
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