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IDAHO HURRICANE TESTING

In what seems like something out of April Fool's Day, Idaho scientists might construct a very, very large wind turbine in the flat desert to test buildings for durability in hurricanes. Officials with Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies are promoting the idea of a large windmill -- something like a giant industrial fan -- along with earthquake and weather-ageing simulators, to test houses and office building at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The proposed 60 foot stack of generators blowing at 200 mph could be designed as early as 1997 and erected as early as 2002. Perhaps it should be noted that the state is known more for growing potatoes than for high winds.

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