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    ABCS OF VIDEOCONFERENCE ROOMS

    The technology of videoconferencing — two or more people at different locations communicating through video and audio — places new demands on traditional conference rooms. Each meeting location becomes, in effect, a broadcast studio, so once-simple conference rooms have become more complicated to design.

    Videoconferencing can involve two people at different locations communicating one to one, or an individual broadcasting to numerous locations, or many people at many locations talking and interacting with each other in a multipoint conference.

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    IMPROVING TRADITIONAL BRICK

    An analysis of major earthquakes over the last 50 years reveals the preponderance of structural damage, building collapse, and fatalities to have occurred in the residential sector. This highlights a serious problem in the rural districts of Central Asia, where more than 65 percent of residential construction uses clay-based materials and methods.

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