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He Fell 47 Stories and Lived—and He Still Isn't Sure How

Alcides Moreno says he survived to raise his new son

(Newser) - Some say the window washing platform surfed the air. Others, including a rep for the New York City Fire Department, suspect "a higher hand was in control." Even Alcides Moreno isn't sure how he survived a 47-story fall from Manhattan's Solow Building on Dec. 7, 2007.... More »

Window Washer Falls 11 Stories—and Lives

Worker is in critical condition after hitting a moving car

(Newser) - Another window-washing story is in the news, this one scarier than the close call in New York City . In today's incident, a window washer in San Francisco's financial district fell 11 stories onto a moving car—and survived, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Incredibly, the unidentified man was... More »

Why We're Still Using Window Washers

After harrowing WTC incident, can't we leave this task to the robots?

(Newser) - The #WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant hashtag has dominated Twitter since the Philae probe landed Wednesday on the 67P comet, and the New York Times now considers its own related entry: In this technologically driven day and age, why can't we farm out window washing on skyscrapers to robots instead of humans? It'... More »

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