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2014-06-09 08:31:51

DARTFORD, England, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Laing O'Rourke today announced the appointment of Paul Westbury as Group Technical Director. In this new strategic role, Paul will have global responsibility for Laing O'Rourke's technical and engineering functions, including the Engineering Excellence Group; and will lead the development of the Group's design and engineering offering to underpin the organisation's growth strategy. (Photo:...

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2005-05-27 15:37:57

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Not long after the devastating December tsunami, a team of structural engineers from London visited Sri Lanka and noticed a trend as they surveyed destroyed homes: Walls facing the sea were leveled, while those perpendicular to it were standing. That inspired a group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to design what they're calling a "tsunami-safe(r) house" that is less likely to collapse under wind and pounding surf....


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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