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St. Francis Dam: Worst U.S. Engineering Disaster of the 20th Century

The collapse of the St. Francis Dam in 1928 is one of the worst catastrophes of the twentieth century. Today it is an engineering...

Budget Cuts: Detroit Schools

Over the last decade attendance in the Detroit school system has experienced a 50% decline, dropping from over 170,000 students to just 83,000 enrolled....
Fort Carroll

Fort Carroll: Secure Bird Sanctuary?

In the mid-nineteenth century, Baltimore’s ports needed increased protection along the Patapsco River for the routes between Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay. By 1848, the...
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BTI: An Alaskan Town in a Tower

In the 1950s the United States government built a bunker of a residential skyscraper in the Alaskan wilderness. The purpose of the bomb-proof mid-century Hodge...
Abandoned Buran

World’s Oldest Space Launch Facility: The Baikonur Cosmodrome

About 1,300 miles (2,100 km) southeast of Moscow in the desert steppe of Kazakhstan, the world’s oldest and largest operational space launch facility is...

Sealand: Smallest Country in the World

Considered more of a principality, the micronation of Sealand is located on an old British World War II radar platform. It was a Maunsell...