Buildings and structures take careful planning in order to ensure that they don't collapse or fail in any way. Structural engineers analyze and study the way in which buildings support loads.

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When it came to building or improving things, the ancient Romans really knew their stuff. Which cool engineering tricks did they pass along to us?

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    Famous Black Engineers Throughout History

    You know the story: Lowly intern at huge company climbs the ladder to become its CEO. Or maybe you don't because it never really happens. But it did for one Ursula Burns. Meet her and nine other black engineers who have blazed an amazing trail. See more »

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    Floating Bridges on the Brain: The Ultimate Floating Bridge Quiz

    If everybody had an ocean, across the U.S.A, they'd be too busy building floating bridges to play on silly surfboards. Floating bridges are indispensable tools for spanning areas other bridges can't. Ready to take on our bridge challenge? See more »

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    How Building Implosions Work

    Safe, professional building implosions combine mathematics, intuition and sheer explosive power. Find out how the experts bring down huge structures without damaging the buildings nearby. See more »

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    How do you build an underwater tunnel?

    Underwater tunnels are so commonplace that we rarely think of the great dangers -- and extreme construction techniques -- these modern wonders require. With the opening of the Marmaray Tunnel in October 2013, it's time to take a second look. See more »

  • How Earthquake-resistant Buildings Work

    How Earthquake-resistant Buildings Work

    Sometimes it seems as though Earth has been hitting the caffeine a little too hard, with all the shakes from earthquakes. So, how do structures stand strong amid all those quakes? See more »

  • How Floating Bridges Work

    How Floating Bridges Work

    Bridges span the gap and help us get from point A to B, but who knew they could float, too? Find out what the deal is with floating bridges in this article. See more »

  • How Floating Cities Will Work

    How Floating Cities Will Work

    The world's first floating city is absolutely gigantic, fully loaded with amenities and necessities and could set sail in about three years. Find out what the Freedom Ship has in store for its lucky residents. See more »

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