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Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG™, a five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH Boston. Here are the main features of the site: Bridges, Domes, Skyscrapers, Dams, and Tunnels. The Labs Try your hand at our interactive engineering labs. The Challenges Take on the challenges of building big. Wonders of the World Databank Explore our databank of big structures. Local Wonders Investigate big structures near you. Who Builds Big? About the Series Learn more about the shows, and see a chat with David Macaulay. Educators' Guide How to use the Web site, with hands-on activities. Shop Building Big DVDs and books from David Macaulay available at Site Tour Learn more about the features in this site. Site Map The whole site at a glance. Web Credits Feedback Help

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Build a Bridge Websites American Society of Civil Engineers A site for engineering professionals with information on publications, job openings, educational programs, conferences, and other industry resources. Association for Bridge Construction and Design Learn about the activities of this organization devoted to improving the science of bridge design, construction, and maintenance. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute This organization is dedicated to fostering greater understanding and use of precast/prestressed concrete. The Clark Bridge, Alton Illinois A photo history of the bridge featured in the NOVA program Super Bridge.

Macmillan Business The Business Podcasts are interviews focusing on working life in the UK. The podcasts offer authentic listening practice for you to use with – or recommend to – your business English students. Episode 1: Nils, on working life in the UK – Pre-intermediate Download Listening Worksheet Tapescript Worms that can eat plastic could save us from destroying the planet. You tell me what's more repulsive: A Styrofoam cup laying on the ground... Photo by jnyemb/Flickr ...or a pile of slimy, pulsing mealworms? Photo by OakleyOriginals/Flickr

Petronas Towers The Petronas Towers Height: 1,483 ft (452 meters) Owners: Kuala Lumpur City Centre Holdings Sendirian Berhad Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates Engineers: Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers Contractors: Mayjus and SKJ Joint Ventures Topping Out: 1998 Official Opening: August 28, 1999 On April 15, 1996, the Council on Tall Buildings named the Petronas Towers the tallest in the world, passing the torch to a new continent. Although the project's developers, a consortium of private investors in association with the Malaysian government and Petronas, the national oil company, had not originally set out to surpass Chicago's Sears Tower, they did aspire to construct a monument announcing Kuala Lumpur's prominence as a commercial and cultural capital. In the design of American architect Cesar Pelli they found a winning scheme--twin towers of elegant proportions with a slenderness ratio (height to width) of 9.4--that would capture not only the title but the public imagination.

How do I get to the zoo? How do you get to the zoo? Vocabulary I. PanelPicker This past year, students from around the world came together to collaborate on world issues affecting their communities, taking the concept of global learning and turning it into a reality. In GlobalCOlab (GCL), Students teaching students from around the world, has connected students and educators from different cultures and religions from around the world to cross-cut disciplines, curricula, and traditional subjects to empower participants through student-led and student-created topics. These topics are based around global issues affecting each student’s community. GCL educators will discuss the need for an educational paradigm shift towards a global classroom in a one hour panel format. Additional Supporting Materials Questions Answered

Skyscrapers - Great Buildings - Architecture Online 30 St Mary Axe, by Norman Foster, at London, England, UK, 2000 to 2004. 7 South Dearborn, by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, at Chicago, Illinois, 2000. Bank of China Tower, by I. M. Pei, at Hong Kong, 1982 to 1990. Chase Manhattan Bank, by Gordon Bunshaft/ SOM, at New York, New York, 1961. Future Astronauts - Virgin Galactic For centuries, humans all around the world have dreamed of flying to space. For decades, people have been able to watch as others actually made those journeys, heroically opening a new frontier. Now, at last, space travel is open to all of us. It still requires time, resources, and effort, but for the first time in history, space exploration is a possibility for everyone who dares to dream of it. The global group of Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts in many ways represents the most exciting club on Earth. Our Future Astronauts come from more than 50 nations around the world.

Sears Tower Sears Tower (4.5 million ft2) Chicago, Illinois (1974) 1,454 feet, 443.0 meters, 110 stories Original owners: Sears Roebuck and Company. Architect: Bruce Graham, design partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Engineer: Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Constructed 1970-1974 Photo courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In the late 1960s, Sears Roebuck and Company, then the world's largest retailer with $8.9 billion in sales, decided to consolidate its administrative operations in downtown Chicago. Speaking Actvities: Get Speaking task sheets for FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, IELTS, BULATS Each week we publish a free, photocopiable Get Speaking Task Sheet. To download and try this week's speaking activities place your cursor over the link below. Right-click (Windows) or hold down the mouse button (Mac OS) and then choose Save Target As from the pop-up menu. In the Save As dialogue box, specify a name and location for the PDF file, and then click Save. Right Click, Save Target As >> Download Task Sheet If you have trouble downloading the task sheet contact us with your email address and we will forward the current edition to you.

BBC Earth Sir David Attenborough's career as a broadcaster and naturalist has endured for an impressive 60 years. His accessible storytelling has inspired generations to learn more about the natural world and brought to life all creatures great and small on our television screens. He joined the BBC as a trainee producer in 1952. While working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64), he gained his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat. He moved into management as Controller of BBC2 in 1965, during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, and then served as Director of Programmes for the organisation from 1969 to 1972. In 1973, he abandoned administration altogether to return his great passion – making natural history documentaries.

Chrysler Building The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Ave. Height: 319 m /1,046 ft Floors: 77 Developer: Walter P. Chrysler Architect: William van Alen Structural Engineers: Ralph Squire and Sons Current Owners: GVP AG / 405 Lexington, LLC Current Tenants: Jenkens & Gilhirst PC, Bussel/Reynolds/Assoc. The 1,046-foot Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world from 1930 to 1931 and was part of an intense race for this title.