Imploding a Building to Learn about the Hayward Fault
August 15, 2013 | USGS
"When 13-story Warren Hall is imploded by demolition experts this weekend on the Hayward campus of California State University, East Bay, U.S. Geological Survey scientists will monitor the pulse of energy on nearly 600 seismometers temporarily placed in a two-mile radius around the building with help from hundreds of citizen-scientist hosts and volunteers." Quoted from the USGS website.
Man-Made Earthquake Studies
August 9, 2013 | Johns Hopkins University
"Earthquakes never occur when you need one, so a team led by Johns Hopkins structural engineers is shaking up a building themselves in the name of science and safety."
Reflected Light from a Building Melts a Jaguar XJ
September 5, 2013 | National Geographic
A new building in London is covered with mirrors and the south-facing side has a slightly curved shape. That, combine with intense autumn sun, has caused it to melt plastic parts on a Jaguar XJ parked nearby and cause other damage to unfortunate objects in its "hot spot".