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Houston, We’ve Got a Dome!

Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest city in the U.S., has always been vulnerable to severe weather and heat. A 2 million-square-meter dome should protect downtown from hurricanes and regulate the climate, though only covering 0,33% of the total Houston area.

Scientists made up plans to cover a part of the city with a polymer structure manufactured in Germany. Compared to glass, the light and durable material (ETFE) that withstands winds up to 290 km/h, is only 1% the weight.

A video at Discovery Channel shows how maybe one day this giant structure will save Houston from a terrible natural disaster.

On a different note, what will the weather be like inside the bubble? Will artificial rain still evoke the same reactions?

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