Trapped Under the Sea

The inside story of Boston’s Deer Island Outfall Tunnel tragedy.

Trapped Under the Sea Lessons learned from a little-known construction accident, which threatened the completion of the world’s longest single-entrance tunnel, as well as a decade-long effort to clean up Boston Harbor. Read More


Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

The murder, the murderer, and how erroneous reporting by the New York Times inspired a sociological theory known as the Bystander Effect—aka Genovese Syndrome.

Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later In “Kitty Genovese,” author Kevin Cook debunks the myth that “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens.” Read More


Return to Dead Mountain

Return to Dead Mountain

Did panic-inducing infrasound lead to the deaths of nine Russian hikers at Dyatlov Pass?

Donnie Eichar explains how Kármán vortex street might have created the conditions that led to tragedy on Russia’s Holatchahl mountain. Read More



Kate Brown on Richland and Ozersk, a pair of shiny, happy communities that produced plutonium—and deliberately polluted the environment with radioactive waste.

Fukushima and Chernobyl are household words. Yet the deliberate and decades-long environmental contamination at Richland and Ozersk is no less disastrous. Read More

This Day in Failure

April 16th

2009: With $27.3 billion in debts, General Growth Properties of Chicago declares Chapter 11 bankruptcy, making this the largest real estate bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

1992: The House ethics committee names 303 U.S. lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.

1947: The French ship Grandcamp, with a cargo of ammonium nitrate fertilizer,...

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Do you support stricter gun control laws?

The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and then denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

- Nazi Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946