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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Engineering in Action

This is really cool, a 728 ton pendulum hanging near the roof of the highest building on earth. It's a mass damper inside Taipai 101 in Taiwan. Basically when the building starts swaying on one direction, the pendulum swings in the other, and the building's motion is reduced.

The page is very awesome, and includes YouTube footage of the damper in action during the Sichuan earthquake.

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Whoa, that was awesome. Thanks for posting this.

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