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The Staten Island Seawall: A Formidable Defense

When Hurricane Sandy smashed into the East Coast in 2012, New York City’s Staten Island was overwhelmed by massive waves that swept away properties and killed 24 of the dozens of people who eventually died in the storm. With a population of almost half a million, low-lying Staten Island was no match for the waves whipped up in New York Harbor, one of which reached a record 32.5 ft. high.

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Prepare for Disasters: Take 3 Steps to Create Innovative Responses

The frequency and intensity of disasters are increasing, from mighty hurricanes hurling through warm ocean waters, to shifting tectonic plates that build earthquakes, to atmospheric weather patterns that create wide-scale floods.

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Out With the New, In With the Old

The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) announced that it is holding its 31st Annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition. The show will be held at the HCEA’s National Construction Equipment Museum, 16623 Liberty Hi Road, Bowling Green, Ohio, from Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 15, and is open to the public.

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Lunar Rocks Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center are hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the pristine samples and let geologists take a crack at them with 21st-century technology.

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Invention of Hard Hat Hits 100-Year Anniversary

Women got the vote. Prohibition began. The National Football League was founded. And, the construction and mining industries were forever changed by the invention of an often overlooked but significant worker safety advancement – the hard hat. And, while perhaps not considered a great technological invention now, at the time the invention of the hard hat revolutionized and galvanized the businesses and the people behind American industrial boom.

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