The last panel of the strip explained that a “second Panama Canal” could be dug for “a tenth of the cost of doing it mechanically.” If only President Teddy Roosevelt had been able to use nuclear bombs in the first decade of the 20th century, right? Then those 5,000 or so people who died building the first Panama Canal would’ve been fine. On second thought, Teddy probably would’ve been a terror with nukes, on account of all the imperialism. Scratch that idea. … [Read more...] about This 1960s Comic Strip Claimed Nuclear Explosions Were the Future of Road Construction
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So, when you are in normal mode driving, you are getting the full efficiencies of a FWD vehicle. Then, when you engage the system or engage it through slip, you essentially turn this whole AWD system on, where the rear will spin up, lock in with the front and now you're in 4WD, on demand. … [Read more...] about Will The 2015 Jeep Renegade Be Any Good Off-Road?
HERE Maps is by no means perfect—it doesn't have the same gargantuan database of places and landmarks as Google does, for example, and there's no flyover feature to compare with Apple Maps—but for many users it's well worth trying out to see what it's capable of. If you've spotted any more reasons to adopt or avoid HERE Maps, let us know in the discussion below. And as for iOS users, you can expect to see a revamped HERE Maps app appear early this year. … [Read more...] about 6 Reasons to Switch to Nokia’s HERE Maps
Google frames the option as a way to remember the bar you stumbled across the other day, and all slightly-too-close-to-home jokes about Google’s creepiness aside, I can actually see the uses for Timeline: recalling what you did whilst blackout drunk will be easier, for a start. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Timeline Lets You Stalk Yourself
If you’re interested in following along from the warmth (and reliability) of your own home, you can follow me on Twitter or on Facebook for up-to-the-minute Aston Martin road trip updates. Or you can just check back next week, when I’ll return with a summary of a) what it’s like to drive an Aston Martin with winter tires, and b) how an exotic car handles an 800-mile road trip to and from Vermont … in the middle of February. … [Read more...] about I’m Taking My Aston Martin On An 800-Mile Road Trip To Vermont
Right now, the most promising solution is adding a special bacteria to the concrete. The bacteria live inside the mixture, and produce calcium carbonate that helps fill in the cracks when they develop. “We know that these bacteria can live in nature for more than 200 years, so we developed technique to put those bacteria in the concrete and it’ll survive lifetime of concrete structure,” Schlangen adds. Plus, they don’t do anything to humans, so it’s safe. … [Read more...] about These New Road Materials Could Patch Our Garbage Infrastructure And Improve Gas Mileage