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Glass Panel Pops Out of 18th-Story Window, Reminding Us That Nothing is Safe

Glass is now perhaps the most commonly used urban building material—it’s certainly the most visible—and its failures can be alarming. High-rise towers such as the Goldman Sachs and Bank of America headquarters in Manhattan, for instance, have been known to drop whole windows, or fragments, from great heights. According to Dr. Andrew Dent, a scientist at the research and consulting firm Material ConneXion, glass is ‘unpredictable,’ susceptible to ‘catastrophic failure.’

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