infrastructure

This Man Built His Own ISP.  Now He's Getting $2.6M to Expand It

This Man Built His Own ISP. Now He’s Getting $2.6M to Expand It

Jared Mauch, the Michigan man who built a fiber-to-the-home internet provider because he couldn’t get good broadband service from AT&T or Comcast, is expanding with the help of $2.6 million in government money. When we wrote about Mauch in January 2021, he was providing service to about 30 rural homes including his own with his …

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How to Prevent Another European Transport Meltdown

How to Prevent Another European Transport Meltdown

As if the cancellation of flights and trains due to strikes and staff shortages weren’t upsetting travelers enough this summer, the European heat wave arrived to exacerbate the travel chaos. Extreme heat can be dangerous to people’s health—even deadly—but it affects the built environment, too. It can cause metals and asphalt surfaces to expand and …

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Autonomous Drones Could Soon Run the UK's Energy Grid

Autonomous Drones Could Soon Run the UK’s Energy Grid

“We’re moving into a future where these drones will fly themselves all over the countryside,” McKenna says. “But the long-term future of this software is that it will fly people around.” With the UK’s National Grid, which operates the country’s energy supply, the relationship has been more concrete, after the organization committed funds to accelerate …

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Transportation Apps Promised to Eliminate Friction.  But at What Cost?

Transportation Apps Promised to Eliminate Friction. But at What Cost?

In the vision of the “frictionless” city that is held by many in tech, where virtually every city service, human interaction, and consumer experience is to be mediated by an app or digital service that not only cuts out the need to deal directly with another human but places technology at the heart of those …

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Inside the experimental world of animal infrastructure

Inside the experimental world of animal infrastructure

But Banff’s wildlife crossings, like most, suffer from a sort of Horseless Carriage Syndrome, their designs circumscribed by existing infrastructure. Tunnels are often little-adapted culverts, the (usually concrete) tubes that ferry water under roads. And overpasses have generally been borrowed wholesale from roads—they are built as if they are going to carry the weight of …

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Everyone Wants to Build Green Energy Projects.  What's the Holding?

Everyone Wants to Build Green Energy Projects. What’s the Holding?

For green energy experts, it seems like there’s too much of a good thing right now. While it’s great that there are enough wind, solar, and battery storage projects planned to meet the United States’ climate goals, a growing bottleneck in the nation’s electric grid is keeping most of these projects grounded. The problem stems …

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