This newspaper article, “Tesla’s New Engine,” from 1911, illustrates Nikola Tesla’s desire to improve the world. He was always trying to think up ways to end war, extend life, produce free energy…this time, he is trying to harness pollution. Sometimes his inventions worked, sometimes they didn’t…but that didn’t stop him from dreaming. In fact, he sounds a little like John Lennon when he claims, “They have called me a dreamer.”
(The Mansfield News, Mansfield, Ohio, Saturday, September 23, 1911, Page 8.)
Structural steel in bridge design has one fatal flaw — bridges are usually over water, often over salt water, making failure through corrosion almost inevitable.
Even more frustrating, steel bridges usually corrode and weaken at the one place where inspection is costly and difficult, the gusset.
New York-based, HNTB Corp. national chief bridge engineer Ted Zoli had a better idea. Instead of doing what every engineer does and just focus on materials, he thought, why not focus on the design and try to eliminate some of the inevitable costs associated with bridge maintenance?
Ten years ago, the Mars Rover Opportunity landed on Mars. It’s still roaming, and sent back to Earth a 360-degree panorama of itself.