But, although similar in shape, Morandi Bridge was very different in other ways. The deck was entirely made of reinforced concrete, and it had only four cables per tower, instead of the usual dozens. Crucially, the cables were covered in pre-stressed concrete – a type of treated concrete invented by the French engineer Eugène Freyssinet. Unlike normal reinforced concrete, which is generally best suited to resisting compression, the new pre-stressed concrete was specifically designed to resist traction. … [Read more...] about What caused the Genoa bridge collapse – and the end of an Italian national myth?
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Wuhan reported no new cases between January 6 and 17 when the city was holding a series of important political meetings, known as the 'two sessions'. This March 18 photo shows people lining up to pick up pork which was delivered to their quarantined compound in Wuhan … [Read more...] about How the man running World Health Organisation trashed by Trump as China-centric is a career politician who worked for a Communist junta and became WHO’s first NON-doctor Director-General ‘following intense lobbying from Beijing’
It has been recently revealed that Dr Li sounded the alarm of a potential outbreak after receiving a test message from his colleague Dr Ai, who has been billed as 'the one who gave out the whistles to the whistle-blowers'. … [Read more...] about China names coronavirus whistle-blower medic ‘a martyr’ for his ‘bravery’ after his colleague who had fed him the information ‘went missing’
When I’ve finished my sauna and swim, I go for a nice walk in the western harbour, a newly-built area of Malmö where the old harbour used to be. It is surrounded by canals and waterways and the architecture is modern and innovative – the landmark Turning Torso skyscraper, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is the star of the show. In The Bridge, my character, Saga Norén, lives in an apartment building close to here. … [Read more...] about Where The Bridge’s detective unwinds in Malmö
Two months later, following a direct request by then US Vice-President George Bush, a further, final secret airlift from Sudan was allowed by Nimeiri to take out the 492 Ethiopian Jews stranded by the abrupt halt of Operation Moses. Although Nimeiri insisted that they be flown to Europe, the planes took them straight to Israel. … [Read more...] about Red Sea Diving Resort: The holiday village run by spies