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A Sea of Health and Environmental Hazards in Houston’s Floodwaters

PhotoNavigating floodwaters brought by Harvey on Tuesday in Houston.Credit David J. Phillip/Associated PressOfficials in Houston are just beginning to grapple with the health and environmental risks that lurk in the waters dumped by Hurricane Harvey, a stew of toxic chemicals, sewage, debris and waste that still floods much of the city.Flooded sewers are stoking fears of cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases. Runoff from the city’s sprawling petroleum and chemicals complex contains any number of hazardous compounds. Lead, arsenic and other toxic and carcinogenic elements may be leaching from some two dozen Superfund sites in the Houston area.Porfirio Villarreal, a spokesman for the Houston Health Department, said the hazards of the water enveloping the city were self-evident.“There’s no need to test it,” he said. “It’s contaminated […]

Ten Fold Engineering thinks outside the box

Why move a lot of air when you can have a building unfold and grow into anything you want? […]

Rising from the ruins of war, Neues Museum in Berlin mixes old and new

David Chipperfield turned a pile of rubble into a masterpiece of renovation and rehabilitation. […]

Harvard’s bionic leaf now makes fertilizer too

The incredible artificial leaf that can turn sunlight into fuel can now also increase crop yields. […]

Photo: The puppy dog eyes of a seal pup

Our photo of the day proves that resistance can indeed be futile. […]

Highland Fire – Tanya Anne Crosby

Highland Fire Guardians of the Stone, Book 1 Tanya Anne Crosby Genre: Historical Publish Date: January 15, 2014 Publisher: Oliver-Heber Books Seller: Tanya Anne Crosby "Magical from the very start." -InD'Tale Reviews   Highlander romance at its best; rich with historyand lore, HIGHLAND FIRE reunites you with favorite characters from THE HIGHLANDBRIDES and introduces you to new ones.   The year is 1123. Scotland's King David seeks analliance with the fierce mountain Scot, Aidan dun Scoti. But only one womanwill tempt Aidan–the accursed beauty whose father once betrayed his clan …   Offered in marriage by David of Scotland as aguise for peace and cursed by Aidan's people for the sins of her father, LìleasMacLaren is the one woman Aidan believes he is immune to. Alas, she is also the onewoman who might bring the fierce chieftain to his knees.  […]

Photo: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

Our photo of the day celebrates the most vibrant of seasons […]