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What Exactly Is the Heat Index?

Is it really not the heat, but the humidity? With temperatures spiking around the country, we thought it might be a good time to answer some questions about the heat index. © BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters/Corbis Why does humidity make us feel hotter? To answer that question, we need to talk about getting sweaty. As you probably remember from your [...]

The Fattest Country on Earth

Suprise! It’s not the United States – although one third of Americans are overweight, we look downright svelte compared to Qatar: Qatar is a tiny country with a big problem. This Connecticut-sized nation, sticking out like a loose tooth [...]

Burning Questions About the Heat Index

Is it really not the heat, but the humidity? With temperatures spiking around the country and weathermen warning of days where the heat index surges into the triple digits, we thought it might be a good time to answer some questions about the heat index. © BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters/Corbis Why does humidity make us feel hotter? To answer that [...]

Seawise Giant: You Can’t Keep a Good Ship Down

We’ve all heard of the Titanic and the Exxon Valdez. The story of the tanker than was once known as the Seawise Giant is much less familiar, although it’s every bit as memorable. The largest ship ever built—she was nearly twice as long as the Titanic—actually sank, only to rise up from the ocean floor [...]

Lost civilization may have been found

A once-fertile land mass now swallowed by the Persian Gulf could have supported early humans. The flood plain would have been the size of the United K…

Building That Grows a Salt Skin

Faulders Studio has designed a building called GEOtube that, if built in Dubai, would develop its own outer surface from salt! The building plans include a lattice of pipes on the outside, which would grow solid from salt deposits over 15-30 years. The GEOtube building is covered in a vascular pipe system following a grid of [...]

How Much Do These Umpires Get Paid?

Major League Baseball’s umpires are all over the news after a spate of, er, questionable calls throughout this postseason. Despite larger postseason umpiring crews that include two extra umps in the outfield, it feels like an inordinate number of calls have gone the wrong way. All of these gaffes have prompted renewed debate about whether baseball [...]

The World’s Longest Bridge Will Be 13 Miles Long

Image: Artist’s Rendering, MENA Infrustructure The Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway will connect the Persian Gulf states of Qatar and Bahrain over a 40 km causeway. Construction is scheduled to begin next year at a cost of $2.3 billion. The structure will include both a roadway and a railway, and will reduce travel time between the nations to [...]

The World’s Longest Bridge Will Be 25 Miles Long

Image: Artist’s Rendering, MENA Infrustructure The Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway will connect the Persian Gulf states of Qatar and Bahrain over a 40 km causeway. Construction is scheduled to begin next year at a cost of $2.3 billion. The structure will include both a roadway and a railway, and will reduce travel time between the nations to [...]