History


United Flight 232

United Flight 232

Twenty-five years ago this month, United Airlines Flight 232—scheduled from Denver to Philadelphia via Chicago—crash-landed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people. The outcome could have been worse.

Published 07/13/2014

 

Gruesome Spectacles

Gruesome Spectacles

Botched executions are up since 1980, suggesting that technology has failed to make the process more reliable and humane.

Published 06/16/2014

 

Trapped Under the Sea

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.

Published 04/08/2014

 

Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

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.”

Published 03/12/2014

 

Return to Dead Mountain

Return to Dead Mountain

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

Published 02/01/2014

 

Plutopia

Plutopia

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

Published 01/19/2014

 

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