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The Glasgow Science Centre tower - (almost) the first fully rotating tower in the world

The tower of the Glasgow Science Centre, a 127m tall steel and glass construction, held the Guiness World Record for the "tallest fully rotating tower" when it was first opened in 2001. However, since then it has been plagued by problems with the mechanism allowing the tower to rotate - a unique thrust bearing. The BBC has been reporting on its progress this year.

phys.org - "Workers dragged Forbidden City stones along roads of artificial ice"

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing have revealed that, in the 15th and 16th Centuries, the Chinese used artifical roads of ice to help transport the stones used to build China's Forbidden City.  This demonstrates an advanced understanding of friction and lubrication for the time.

ETH Zurich - "Why concrete tends to thicken"

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule Zürich) have described the mechanism behind shear thickening - the increase in viscosity due to speed of particle suspensions.  Their research has great significance to the cement industry.

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