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Licensed Engineer Explains Why Donald Trump’s Border Wall Is A Disaster Waiting To Happen

“This is not smart. It’s not effective.”

Donald Trump captured the imagination of many American voters with a single campaign promise: “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border.” He was often criticized for lacking precision in policy ideas, but he had bold and detailed requirements for his wall.

Now, a structural and civil engineer explained in a viral Facebook post why this idea is a ”monumental waste of money.” Amy Patrick, a real-life wall expert, also shared that the wall is a disaster waiting to happen.

She wrote:

“Structurally and civil engineering-wise, the border wall is not a feasible project. Trump did not hire engineers to design the thing. He solicited bids from contractors, not engineers. This means it’s not been designed by professionals. It’s a disaster of numerous types waiting to happen.”

Trump has demanded Congress hand over more than $5 billion to fund the unpopular wall and even sought $25 billion for it at one point.

Patrick noted that if the pricey project, that she estimated could cost “higher than $50 billion,” will push through, it won’t even finish even after the President’s term or even his life. She said that the wall is set to have multiple complications such as, “rework, complexities beyond the prototype design, factors to prevent flood and environmental hazard creation, engineering redesign.”

She noted:

“I’m a structural forensicist, which means I’m called in when things go wrong. This is a project that WILL go wrong.”

She further argues that the wall “won’t be effective” and just a waste of money.  Patrick also said that the idea was “ridiculous” and will “never be successfully executed.”

She shared:

“Let’s have border security, by all means, but let’s be smart about it. This is not smart. It’s not effective. It’s NOT cheap. The returns will be diminishing as technology advances, too. “

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Japanese Artist Hand-Cuts Octopus From Single Sheet Of Paper

Her attention to detail is truly breathtaking!

Most of us are quite happy when we can manage to fold a paper plane that actually flies. However, one Japanese artist has taken paper art to a completely new level. She meticulously cut a gorgeous octopus out of a single sheet of paper.

Masayo Fukuda is a woman with an amazingly creative mind and great patience. The Japanese artist has practiced the paper cutting art technique known as Kirie or Kirigami for the past 25 years. This means that Fukuda actually cuts out her art from a single sheet of paper. Needless to say, the results are always breathtaking.

This gorgeous artwork has been cut out of a single sheet of paper!

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Baffled Astronomers Discover Radio Signals From Galaxy 1.5 Billion Light Years Away

Are aliens trying to communicate with us?

Are extra-terrestrial beings trying to communicate with us? In a recent report, we learn that mysterious radio signals from a galaxy 1.5 billion light years away have reached our planet.

The signals, known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), "are radio emissions that appear temporarily and randomly," a DailyMail article explained, which makes them "not only hard to find, but also hard to study."

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Russian Architect Wants To Rebuild Iconic Azure Window As Metallic Museum

Previously spotted in Game of Thrones’ Dothraki wedding scene, this landmark is getting a new look!

Malta's Azure Window used to be one of the most iconic landmarks in the country. Also known as the Dwerja Window, the famous natural limestone arch has been featured in several movies such as Clash of the Titans, The Count of Montecristo. Of course, fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones also know it as the location for the Dothraki wedding.

Unfortunately, the 92-ft arch collapsed in March 8, 2017 after a destructive storm hit the area. However, one Russian architect wants to build a replacement and the public has been very positive about his ideas.

Called the 'Heart of Malta,' the future structure will be a collaboration between architect Svetozar Andreev and designer Elena Britanishskaya.

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