Fixing a hole in a road should be easy—but the fact that our nation's highways are littered with potholes is testament to the fact that it's not quite as straightforward as it sounds. But a new solution, inspired by silly putty, could make our streets much smoother in the future.
Like Chronos devouring his children, Detroit's roads are trying to swallow the cars the city itself produced. Specifically, drivers in the area this morning were faced with the dual threats of a giant sinkhole and a massive pothole. Screw Robocop, this city needs Roboroadcrew.
Liquefaction is the phenomenon where earth liquidizes from vibration or the addition of liquid; think quicksand. One Russian driver's car became the victim of liquefaction in action, when it sank in this brutal pothole. [EnglishRussia]
There are potholes, and then there are potholes. If you live in Russia, the bigger ones apparently launch your car several feet in the air. Note to self: Do not move to Russia.