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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.

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Senator Attacks Smithsonian for Trinkets Made in China

Senator Bernie Sanders is using Hu Jintao's visit to ask the National Museum of American History to stop selling foreign goods in the gift shop.


The last you heard from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, he was filibustering President Obama's tax-cut deal with the GOP. Today, the Independent and self-described socialist has his eyes on a different Washington target: the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Sensing an opportunity in Chinese President Hu Jintao's stateside visit, Sanders is attacking the museum for its practice of selling tchochkes made abroad—mostly in China—in the gift shop. In a letter (pdf) to museum Director Brent Glass, Sanders writes

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