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How Congress Failed to Stop the Fatal Amtrak Crash

Positive Train Control could have prevented Tuesday’s crash. Congress made it mandatory in 2008. But it also continues to cut funding needed to fully implement it.

The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

Who attends America’s “high-poverty” public schools—and where.

An Upside-Down Electric Tower Grows in London

That doesn’t look safe.

Shanghai's New Museum Resembles a Tentacled Sea Creature

The chambered nautilus finally gets the architectural tribute it deserves.

How Today's Developers Maintain Jim Crow Housing Segregation

A private Brooklyn developer and a Louisiana public housing authority share the belief that racial division in housing has its plusses.

Confirmed: A High-Speed Turn Led to Amtrak's Derailment in Philadelphia

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary investigation reveals that the D.C.-NYC train entered a turn going twice the posted speed limit.

Plant a New York City Water Tower in Your Home

Old New York infrastructure meets new New York superfood.

New xkcd Book Simply Explains Questions You Didn't Know You Had

Wait, what would happen if a Mars rover sprung a flat tire?

How #BlackLivesMatter Is Changing the Philadelphia Mayor's Race

One Democratic candidate has switched up his rhetoric on criminal justice reform entirely, but voters don’t appear to be buying it.

Next Steps in the Amtrak Investigation: Was Speed a Factor?

The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the crash will consider whether the train was exceeding speed limits as it approached the derailment site.

Debunking the Myth That Only Drivers Pay for Roads

Landing on the moon was still a wild dream the last time gas taxes paid nearly the full cost of our roads.

'An Absolute Disastrous Mess'

The latest images from Philadelphia, where Tuesday night’s Amtrak derailment has left at least six dead and dozens injured.

On The Job With: An Ice Cream Truck Driver

Hot days are the worst.

Here's How Much Water It Takes to Make California's Craft Beer

The most water-intensive part of the beer making process is in the agriculture.

They're Turning 'Truck Nuts' Into a Bike Light

This world is hell.

Vienna Debuts Same-Sex Crossing Signals

The lonesome guy in the “WALK” light has a buddy.

An Amtrak Train Derails in Philadelphia, Killing at Least 8

Hundreds more were injured on Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188, which was traveling north from Washington, D.C., to New York City.

The Problem With California's Water-Bottling Plants Isn't the Water

It’s the lack of transparency about the process.

Mass Flooding Exposes Nairobi's Outdated Drainage Infrastructure

A recent downpour exposes how inadequate the burgeoning city’s drain network actually is.