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2009-06-09 10:40:31

British engineers say the secret of sandcastle construction could help revive an ancient building technique that uses rammed earth. Durham University researchers said they conducted a study into the strength of rammed earth, which is growing in popularity as a sustainable building method. They determined that as a sandcastle needs a little water to stand up, the strength of rammed earth was heavily dependent on its water content. Rammed earth is a manufactured material made of sand, gravel...

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2009-06-03 08:10:00

The secret of a successful sandcastle could aid the revival of an ancient eco-friendly building technique, according to research led by Durham University. Researchers, led by experts at Durham's School of Engineering, have carried out a study into the strength of rammed earth, which is growing in popularity as a sustainable building method. Just as a sandcastle needs a little water to stand up, the Durham engineers found that the strength of rammed earth was heavily dependent on its water...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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