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Engineers Design Self-righting Buildings That Survive Earthquake Test in Style
September 1, 2009
A new earthquake-resistant structural system for buildings was successfully tested in Japan recently. Not only will the new system help a multi-story building stay together during a violent earthquake, but it will also return the structure to an upright position on its foundation afterwards, with damage confined to a few easily replaceable parts.
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