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        Engineering Soft-Story Safety

        Learn how structures with large open spaces on the ground floor—called soft-story buildings—are vulnerable to earthquakes but can be retrofitted to be safer in this video excerpted from NOVA: “Making Stuff Safer.” Host and technology columnist David Pogue examines how soft-story buildings have collapsed in past earthquakes and visits a testing site to see how retrofits improve their safety. In order to study methods to improve the seismic safety of soft-story buildings, researchers from five universities collaborated to build a typical soft-story building on a shake table that simulates earthquakes.

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