Massachusetts has experienced a large number of structural failures over the past month due to extreme snowfall. This past Wednesday (March 4th), after an additional 2 inches of snow accumulation, some 20 roof collapses occurred across the state including a large industrial complex in Hyde Park. A 10,000-ft2 section of the roof failed causing a 150-foot long section of CMU wall to crumble into the street alongside the complex. Power and gas lines were also damaged in the failure. Officials stated that this group of collapses brings the total to 21 since February 9.
UK's Royal Mail has just issued a set of first class stamps depicting the 10 most historical bridges across the country. According to Royal Mail, the series "demonstrates leaps in engineering" performed by progressive architects and engineers.
A recent report links high salinity in Seneca Lake, the largest of New York State’s Finger Lakes, to the storage of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) in nearby salt caverns. The lake, which holds 4.2 trillion gallons of water, has for decades seen levels of salt concentrations greater than those regulated by the state for sensitive populations such as infants and those on low-salt diets. The highest concentration, in the village of Waterloo, has concentrations nearly four times the state limit.
NASA's Curiosity Mars team has recently obtained a second soil sample from an outcrop of the Murray formation, the geological unit of Mount Sharp on Mars. Through analysis of the soil samples, scientists hope to understand the formation of the mountain and investigate its mineralogical structure.
Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory demonstrated the first direct observation of increased radiative forcing due to increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. This study, published in Nature , is the first to provide direct observational evidence linking rising carbon dioxide concentrations to the greenhouse effect.
Intentionally designed to appear as four separate structures and the many historic pilgrimage chapels in the region; A House for Essex, designed by FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste) in collaboration with artist Grayson Perry, is one of the newest and most postmodern vacation spots along the British coast northeast of London. The exterior of the structure is clad with roughly 2000 custom ceramic tiles and is housed under a copper alloy standing seam roof with three cast-aluminum sculptures atop.