Florida’s Condo Collapse Foreshadows the Concrete Crack-Up

Reading Time: 8 minutes It will likely be many months before we know for sure what caused the catastrophic collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, last week, which killed at least 18 people. But it’s already clear that at least one culprit was failing concrete. In 2018 an engineering firm warned that concrete beneath the … Read more

The Miami Building Collapse and Humanity’s Tragic Fight for the Future

Reading Time: 7 minutes In 2014, a team of behavioral scientists from Harvard and Yale tried to save the future—with a little game theory. Here’s the game part: The researchers broke up a big group of volunteers into five teams they called “generations.” They gave the players designated the first generation 100 points, or “units,” and told them to … Read more