High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt

High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt

To slow the ice melt, the Carlen family, which has managed the grotto since 1988, came up with the idea of covering their portion of the glacier with white fleece blankets to reflect the sunlight.

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

Ozkan’s team also created a new category called “frequent sitting,” with outdoor cafés and restaurants in mind, where wind shouldn’t exceed 5.6 mph.

Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

They want Formosa to pay $184 million in penalties, the maximum allowed by the Clean Water Act. For more than three years, Diane Wilson and two other local volunteers have collected more than 2,400 samples of nurdles and pellet powder discharged illegally by Formosa’s 2,500-acre Port Lavaca facility.

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

So the government quashed its ambitions until the early 1990s, when the Department for Transport proposed two options for an expanded A303: Divert the road so it gave Stonehenge a broader berth, or bury it in a half-mile long cut-and-cover tunnel (essentially a trench topped with soil and sod).Nick Stockton covers climate change, transportation, and logistics for WIRED.The general public supported the tunnel, but politicians—concerned about the cost—spiked the plan in 1997.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Inches Closer to Making Hyperloop a Reality

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Inches Closer to Making Hyperloop a Reality

On Thursday, almost two years after Musk’s tweet, the company took a small but necessary step toward making the Loop a reality: It published a sprawling, 505-page draft environmental assessment.

Why Seattle Built—Then Buried—a Key Part of Its New Tunnel

Why Seattle Built—Then Buried—a Key Part of Its New Tunnel

Why Seattle Built—Then Buried—a Key Part of Its New Tunnel Now that the 1.7-mile tunnel underneath Seattle is complete, crews can hook it up to the rest of the road system, and demolish the Alaskan Way Viaduct it's replacing.

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

Explaining its full shutdown plan in 2016, the MTA said the tunnel’s bench walls “must be replaced to protect the structural integrity of the two tubes [east and west] that carry trains through the tunnel.” Replacing these things involves jackhammering away concrete, removing the rubble, replacing the cabling inside, setting new concrete, and having it dry.

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging TunnelOn Tuesday, the Boring Company showed off its $10 million, 1.14-mile test tunnel to an excited group of fans at an event in Hawthorne, California.BoringFrom a parking lot in a quiet, manufacturing-dominated suburb of Los Angeles, Elon Musk and his Boring Company tonight unveiled what he believes is the future of “mass transit” and the best way to eliminate the scourge of traffic: electric, autonomous vehicles carrying an extra set of wheels, shooting through layers of thin tunnels at speeds up to 150 mph.If that sounds a little fantastical—well, duh.

Locals Kill One of Elon Musk's Plans for a Tunnel Under LA

Locals Kill One of Elon Musk's Plans for a Tunnel Under LA

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has abandoned its plan to dig a tunnel under the west side of Los Angeles after it and the city settled a lawsuit brought by two area neighborhood groups who opposed the scheme.The project, announced last spring, had entailed building a 2.7-mile test tunnel under Sepulveda Boulevard, adjacent to the crowded 405 freeway, under public property.