The Making of the First Digital Computer

In a scene from the 2014 movie The Imitation Game, the brilliant Alan Turing is urged by his colleague at Bletchley Park, Joan Clarke (played by Keira Knightley), to be more of a team player. Turing reluctantly agrees to try, and the next scene shows Turing stiffly sharing a bag of apples with his colleagues at Bletchley. […]

‘The Water Will Come’ Examines the Science, Politics and Humanitarian Crises Posed by Rising Sea Levels

Although rarely the topic of mainstream media reports, in many coastal communities planners, engineers and other municipal officials are hard at work on a very particular mission: how to keep the sea out of the city. In many parts of the world, the ocean regularly laps at people’s doors and pushes into the streets during […]

Bridge Construction on the Fly?

Back in early July I posted a short commentary on the state of highways and bridges in the U.S. The American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) comprehensive 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure offers an in-depth analysis as well. But wouldn’t you know? There may be hope. The classic entrepreneurial American spirit has hatched an idea that […]