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By ROBERT L. REID
Rising high in the skies over New York City, Chicago, Hong Kong, and other great metropolises are tall towers that appear impossibly slender. Fueled mostly by market demand from wealthy clients who desire spectacular views, the design and construction of these superslim, generally residential skyscrapers also depend on engineering advances over recent decades in building materials and damping technologies as well as careful coordination by the design teams.
By DAVID K. LYNCH, PH.D., AND TRAVIS DEANE, P.E., G.E.
Along the southeastern edge of California's Salton Sea, there are several areas that contain geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes--geological features that may change shape, but never location. In 2016, a large, muddy CO
-driven mud spring in Imperial County, California, developed--and in a completely unexpected way, began moving southwest. By early 2018, the mud spring threatened local infrastructure, including a railroad, a pipeline, and a state highway.
by Tara Hoke
The chief executive of a national engineering society pens a monthly opinion column for the society's news magazine. In one column, the executive reports on a recent study comparing women's career choices in countries deemed to have high or low levels of gender equality.
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
The 1928 failure of the St. Francis Dam, north of Los Angeles, is one of the greatest civil engineering disasters of the 20th century, both because of its extensive human casualties (more than 400) and because of what seemed to be, at the time, its sheer improbability.
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