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Straw Building Passes Quake Test

29/04/2009. Category: Gadgets. Topic: , .

There always is a better way. After Pakistan was devastated by an earthquake in 2005, Darcey Donovan, an engineer in California, researched designs for earthquake-resistant homes using the simplest of local materials. The result was a straw-bale building. Cheap and easy to build, it withstood substantial shaking in tests at the University of Nevada, Reno.