Metamaterials inspire earthquake bumpers for buildings

02/14/2013 | ScienceMag.org

Metamaterials used to manipulate electromagnetic waves are the inspiration behind a new method that could mitigate the effect of earthquakes on buildings. It would involve making strategically located holes in the earth around buildings to act as a kind of shock absorber. "It's very cool stuff. It's a step toward manipulating seismic waves and done in a genius way," said Ulf Leonhardt, a theoretical physicist at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K.

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