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It Took Just 19 Days to Build This 57-Story Chinese Skyscraper

Will super-fast super-construction become the new normal for skyscraper building?

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That we can build skyscrapers at all is pretty impressive in and of itself. But even the most jaded among us—those who can’t be bothered to care about our ability to create towers of glass and steel that push the very boundaries of engineering—should be in awe of Broad Sustainable Building, a Chinese construction firm that specializes in building big and building fast. How fast? Their latest skyscraper, built in Changshan, the capital of China’s Hunan province, tops off at a respectable 57 stories, and reportedly took just 19 days of construction to complete.


Not months. Not weeks. Days.

To put that in perspective, it was nearly five years into construction before One World Trade Center reached approximately the same height, and several more years before that building was finally completed.

To achieve their otherwise unfathomable speeds, Broad Sustainable Building uses modular, prefabricated parts that can be fit together and secured in far less time than it would take ordinary construction methods. That’s how workers were able to complete an astonishing three floors worth of construction per day on their latest project. This time lapse video (starting at 1:55) shows the hour-by-hour progress as the skyscraper takes shape:

As City Metric explains, the building is home to:

800 apartments, office space for 4,500 people, 19 large atriums to be used as public squares, and a ramp system in addition [sic] elevators, so residents can walk or ride bikes to and from their homes and offices. The building's ventilation system will also pump out pollution-free air.

Since 2012, Broad Sustainable Building has been making plans to construct “Sky City,” a 200- story skyscraper that would surpass Dubai’s Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest. While construction has yet to get underway, pending licensing and regulatory permissions, the company claims it will be able to build the mega-structure in just 90 days, plus 120 days of prefabrication, bringing the total to a whiplash-inducing 210 days.

Broad Sustainable Building’s website describes plans to develop “50 franchisees from China and 100 overseas” in order to capture 20 percent of the global construction market. So, don’t be surprised if someday soon new skyscrapers start popping up in your city on a monthly, if not weekly, basis.

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The problem with American Sign Language (ASL) is that over 500,000 people in the U.S. use it, but the country has over 330 million people.

So for those with hearing loss, the chances of coming into contact with someone who uses the language are rare. Especially outside of the deaf community.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

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A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

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