Portable inflatable tank could reduce eco impact of fracking

THE ENGINEER

by Stephen Harris

A UK company hopes to reduce the impact of fracking on the environment using new technology adapted from its blast protection system. Newport-based Cintec™ has created a portable, inflatable polymer tank for storing water and waste from the hydraulic fracturing gas drilling process, developed from the company’s novel Waterwall technology used to isolate and safely detonate bombs.

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Crash test mummies: Egypt’s oldest pyramid saved from collapse by giant airbags

Egypt’s oldest pyramid has been saved from collapse by giant airbags which have been used to prop up the ceilings.

The 4,700-year-old building has been stabilised so engineers can carry out permanent repairs.

The giant structure was built as a burial place for Pharaoh Djoser, a warrior who reigned in the third dynasty for 19 years but has been damaged in an earthquake.

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