ponedjeljak, 24. studenoga 2014.


That’s right! This picture created at night by looking through the earth at the sun.
It wasn’t made with light though — it visualizes the flux of neutrinos coming from the sun. Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles created in the nuclear furnace of the sun, and they can pass through nearly anything. Billions of neutrinos shoot through our bodies every second, and they fly with ease through the rocky bulk of the earth.
Scientists have built a giant neutrino observatory in an abandoned mine shaft 3,000 ft below Mount Kamioka in Japan. It’s called the Super-Kamiokande - and it’s essentially a 13 milliion gallon tank of ultra-pure water, rigged with sensors that can detect the extremely weak interaction of neutrinos with other matter. This picture shows the tank when it is empty and undergoing renovations.
This observatory looks down through the earth itself — to collect data from solar neutrinos. This image is the result of about 18 months of data collection.
(Why does the observatory need to be underground? The rock shelters the observatory from the noise of cosmic rays.)
Sun image: Robert Svoboda and K. Gordan
Super-K image: courtesy of Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institue for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of Tokyo

subota, 15. studenoga 2014.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk, an attraction located two hours from Las Vegas on the Grand Canyon’s West Rim that hosts more than 620,000 visitors per year.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC employs about 100 people and is headquartered in Las Vegas.

David Jin, owner of the Skywalk, said the company is proud of its relations with the Hualapai Tribe, which shares profits with the Skywalk.
“Ted lends the Skywalk an important perspective as a member of the Hualapai Tribe, as a former tribal law enforcement officer and as Chairman of the Nevada Indian Commission,” Jin said. “We are proud of his service to his community.”

The Indian Law and Order Commission will study tribal criminal justice systems, including issues related to jurisdiction over crimes on reservations, the relation between tribal jails and the federal prison system, juvenile justice systems and the Indian Civil Rights Act.
Quasula served as chief of police for the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe from 2003 to 2007.  He also served for 26 years in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Law Enforcement Services within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where he worked his way up from field criminal investigator to director of the national program from 1990 to 2000. Quasula started his law enforcement career with the Flagstaff, Arizona, Police Department in 1972.

Currently, Quasula serves as Chairman of the Nevada Indian Commission and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association. Mr. Quasula is a graduate of the Government Program for Senior Executives at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.  He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in police science and administration from Northern Arizona University.
Located at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim, the Grand Canyon Skywalk allows visitors to “Walk the Sky” with its unique glass-bottomed cantilever U-shaped observation deck that spans 70 feet (21.34 meters) over the canyon’s rim and sits 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) above the Colorado River.  A construction masterpiece, the glass – which is the only element that separates visitors from the deep canyon floor – weighs 1.2 million pounds.

Completed in March 2007, the Skywalk is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in northwest Arizona and is the only architectural wonder of its kind that allows visitors to truly take in the experience of this beautiful and majestic place.

petak, 14. studenoga 2014.

Smart Highway ~ Van Gogh Bicycle Path by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure

This solar powered glow in the dark cycle path that was inspired by the artwork of world famous Van Gogh is the perfect fusion of old art and modern technology, with the two coming together to create this amazing idea.

The path in Nuenen, Netherlands was unveiled by Studio Roosegaarde which is an innovative social design lab the aims to explore where public space, art and technology can all meet, one of their most notable research projects being with Smart Highways which could potentially charge electric cars whilst they drive as well as alert road users of any hazards.
During the day it looks like a normal path, but at night is when it comes to life. Lit by both special paint that charges during the day and multiple LEDs that are charged during the day through nearby solar panels the cycle path resembles the style of Van Gogh’s art which is fitting as the artist lived in Nuenen from 1883 through to 1885.

Smart Highways are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation.

Glowing Lines are lines that charge at day-time, and glow at night for eight hours. The first road has been realised, and will be further launched international.

The recent Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by 'Starry Night'. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.

New designs include Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane and Road Printer.

The collaboration between Roosegaarde and Heijmans is a true example of innovative industries. The design and interactivity from Studio Roosegaarde and the craftsmanship of Heijmans are fused into one common goal: innovation of the Dutch landscape.

Smart Highway has been awarded with a Dutch Design Award, Accenture Innovation Award, and is winner of the INDEX Award 2013.