Latest Tacoma Narrows Bridge Stories

2013-05-01 15:00:27

In this month's issue of Physics World, an international group of researchers propose a new technology that could divert vibrations away from load-bearing elements of bridges to avoid catastrophic collapses. Michele Brun, Alexander Movchan, Ian Jones and Ross McPhedran describe a "wave bypass" technique that has many similarities to those being used by researchers looking to create Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks, which exploit man-made materials known as metamaterials to bend light...

2008-11-23 14:45:00

Slow-moving ocean and river currents could be a new, reliable and affordable alternative energy source. A University of Michigan engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn potentially destructive vibrations in fluid flows into clean, renewable power.The machine is called VIVACE. A paper on it is published in the current issue of the quarterly Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering.VIVACE is the first known device that could harness energy from most of the water...

2008-07-01 18:00:29

By The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 1--Lacey Senior Center to celebrate 5th anniversary The Lacey Senior Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary today with an open house, lunch and program. Classes and groups that meet at the center will offer visual displays from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. and a lunch and entertainment is at 11:45 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., the groups will perform. For more information, call 360-407-3967. Tacoma Tolls scheduled to rise today on Narrows bridge...

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