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Summer 1993

Volume 9, Issue 1


It didn’t get very far

New Mexican farmers rely on irrigation systems that have been in continuous use since the earliest Spanish settlers arrived. The way they run them goes back to Spain, with roots in the Spanish Moors’ beginnings in the ancient Near East.

Some of engineering’s brightest minds devote their lives to finding a better way to hit a little white ball into a hole

It was the great hope in aviation throughout the nineteenth century, and a military dream in the twentieth. It still has never really taken off.

The Golden Spike was still two decades away when Ruins Porter promised a three-day trip from New York to San Francisco—by air

The can-do spirit of 1950s technology produced many startling successes. But one of the era’s most heralded projects failed—for reasons that remain instructive.


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