Following the crushing defeat of its soccer squad at the London Olympics, Brazilians are looking to President Dilma Rousseff to fulfill national expectations back home. The 2-1 loss to Mexico still stings because Brazil has five futebol World Cups but no Olympic gold.
Now, Rousseff's constituency and the world will be watching to see whether the president can deliver over the next four years as Brazil prepares to host three lucrative, globally televised sporting events: the 2013 Confederation Cup, the 2014 World Cup and, in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.