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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:27 AM

Earthquake Wallpaper – for when Your World is Falling Down around You


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Luckily, German researchers have recently developed what they are calling, “seismic” wallpaper. This specially reinforced paper boasts the ability to  hold  masonry walls together and keep them from breaking, falling or crumbling when subjected to an earthquake. That could certainly make you feel safer, am I right?

Scientists at the Bayer MaterialScience used special stiff, high-strength glass fibers and wove them together to form a strong and flexible wall covering. The material has these fibers running throughout the “fabric” in four different directions, this allows the energy created by an earthquake  to distribute evenly and protect against damage. 

The wallpaper is simply adhered to walls using a flexible, soft adhesive (called Dispercoll) made from water and a large amount of polyurethane beads. As the water evaporates, the special beads stick the paper to the walls. In essence producing a safety barrier between you, and a crumbling building.

The wallpaper has been tested in a replica house in an earthquake simulator, and because of this “paper” scientists were unable to cause the house to collapse at all. They also used a hydraulic press to crush a treated and untreated wall. The results were remarkable.Well over a billion people currently live in earthquake zones… There are a tremendous number of people that could be made safer, thanks to this new wallpaper.
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http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20120405/eartquake-wallpaper-world-falling/

This could really help!






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Reply Earthquake Wallpaper – for when Your World is Falling Down around You (Original post)
Are_grits_groceries Apr 2012 OP
goclark Apr 2012 #1
Ecumenist Apr 2012 #3
goclark Apr 2012 #6
Ecumenist Apr 2012 #7
kestrel91316 Apr 2012 #4
FourScore Apr 2012 #2
Uncle Joe Apr 2012 #5
Flying Squirrel Apr 2012 #8

Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:40 AM

1. Checking in from Los Angeles


Sounds good to me ~ they say we have a big Earthquake about every ten years.

Last big one that I remember was about 11 years ago.

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Response to goclark (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:09 AM

3. Hey GoClark, how long have you lived in LA? I'm from LA, BTW...

Born and bred...almost. finished school in the north state.

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Response to Ecumenist (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:00 PM

6. Since 1956


lived in View Park

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Response to goclark (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:08 PM

7. I lived in ...wait for it..COMPTON not the LA end down near Paramount, right over the free way it

and LONG beach and Carson weren't too far either. I was so used to feeling constant what I called, "Minis", felt like a big truck going down the street. Quakes don't frighten me. Tornados and hurricanes on the other hands, scare the crap out of me.

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Response to goclark (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:38 PM

4. The last big one in SoCal was Northridge. We've had some mediums.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:59 AM

2. Damn! Those Germans are smart! n/t

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:40 PM

5. This sounds promising.

Thanks for the thread, grits.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:14 AM

8. Thanks to oil company drilling, we might be needing a lot of that.

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