In a turbulent year, readers were drawn most to news of paradigm-shifting innovations. Here is a selection of the most viewed stories in 2016.
The most controversial story of the year. Some readers applauded, while many others said this will never work. The comments themselves are as interesting as the story.
Following on from an earlier story about space elevators, Japan continues to think extra-terrestrially.
The idea may not work, but it is proving difficult to suppress…
4. Mexican scientist creates glow-in-the-dark cement
"Claiming the engineered cement can last a hundred years, he says it could make roads and structures glow in the dark, cutting the cost of street-lighting…"
Still up in the air. Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry this month appeared to deny the rumour.
Two consortiums comprising five different nations were shortlisted to build the metro line that will prepare Dubai’s transport system for the 2020 Expo. The winner was the Alstom one.
Cheap labour, a strong central authority, and standardised technical approaches help a lot.
The expansion of Heathrow, a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, and the HS2 high-speed railway network were all questioned in the tumultuous days after the vote for Brexit on 23 June.
The global plunge in commodity prices raised questions over China’s commitment to big infrastructure schemes in Africa. 2016 was said to be the year work would start on this controversial project. It wasn’t.
A fascinating project, and a fascinating interview with a man who has been leading it through revolution, a coup, and economic crisis.
GCR extends warm greetings to all readers over the holiday season, and wishes everybody a very Happy New Year. We’re back on 4 January 2017.
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