If engineers can better understand the impact of hurricanes and earthquakes on structures, they could avoid lots of undesired consequences. Erik Thostenson and Thomas Schumacher, faculty members in the University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials, explore the efficiency of carbon nanotubes, a material which can be used to reinforce structures.
This is great news for an area suffering a prolonged drought, however accessing this water in a financially sensible way and safeguarding it from possible contamination from oil and gas activities will be challenging
A recent study has found that Beijing, the capital of China is sinking as much as 11 cm per year. As one of the largest cities in the world with a population over 20 million, this could prove to be a serious problem.