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To Make Fracture-Resistant Concrete, Let a Sea Urchin Be Your Guide – Atlas Obscura

Strong and flexible building materials, inspired by ocean life. SEA URCHINS ARE COVERED BY a thicket of spines. In the vernacular of Middle English, urchun meant “hedgehog,” but the echinoderms’ sharp, sometimes venomous protrusions are anything but cute. But some researchers propose taking another perspective on them by looking closely at their internal structure. …

The Deadly Global War for Sand | WIRED

THE KILLERS ROLLED slowly down the narrow alley, three men jammed onto a single motorcycle. It was a little after 11 am on July 31, 2013, the sun beating down on the low, modest residential buildings lining a back street in the Indian farming village of Raipur. Faint smells of cooking …

The myth of China’s ghost cities

Ghost towns tend to start as boomtowns, and contemporary China more than likely has more boomtowns than any other country in history. No economy has ever risen so rapidly and no place has ever built so much so quickly. This rapid growth has resulted in peculiar side effect: ghost cities, …

Asia skyscraper building boom may be sign of impending economic collapse, warn experts – Asia – World – The Independent

A skyscraper building boom in China and India may be a sign of an impending economic collapse, according to financial experts. Barclays Capital has mapped an “unhealthy correlation” between construction of the world’s tallest buildings and looming financial crises over the last 140 years, including the Great Depression and the …

Chinese Businesses Pay The Price In The Arab World For Not “Blending In” – Worldcrunch – All News is Global

Analysis: The emergency evacuation of Chinese companies from North Africa is a harsh reminder that firms from China must do a better job of integrating in the local environment to realize their dreams of striking it rich in the Arab world. BEIJING – China’s forays into the Arab world’s economic …

In India, Dynamism Meets Dysfunction – NYTimes.com

GURGAON, India — In this city that barely existed two decades ago, there are 26 shopping malls, seven golf courses and luxury shops selling Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs shimmer in automobile showrooms. Apartment towers are sprouting like concrete weeds, and a futuristic commercial hub called Cyber City …