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Conspiracy theories meet facts, and melt

I have always admired how the Brits observed facts and then put them to use. One of their inventions was the production of steel, which I could see being used everywhere for modern building construction, highway bridges, ships, and cars. Sometimes, really, it seemed too much of a good thing.

But who knew that while it takes 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit to melt steel, it loses strength at temperatures as low as 400 F? When temperatures break 1000 degrees F, steel loses nearly 50 percent of its strength. This has special meaning for those who think Building 7 at the World Trade Center was demolished by "conspirators" using explosives.

Popular Mechanics, which was first published by H.H. Windsor in January 11, 1902, and is dedicated to science and technology, reports on its interesting and factual findings about Building 7 and steel. You can see how conspiracy theories melt here.

To see some brilliant detective work in the Ingenious Timeline, go here.

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