The Golden Bridge, Vietnam.

The Golden Bridge (Vietnamese: Cầu Vàng) is a 150-metre-long (490 ft) pedestrian bridge in the Bà Nà Hills resort, near Da Nang, Vietnam. It is designed to connect the cable car station with the gardens (avoiding a steep incline) and to provide a scenic overlook and tourist attraction. The bridge loops nearly back around to itself, and has two giant hands, constructed of fibreglass and wire mesh, designed to appear like stone hands that support the structure.

The client for the project was the Sun Group. The bridge was designed by TA Landscape Architecture (under Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture) based in Ho Chi Minh City. The company’s founder, Vu Viet Anh, was the project’s principal designer, with Tran Quang Hung as the bridge designer and Nguyen Quang Huu Tuan as the bridge’s design manager. Construction began in July 2017 and was completed in April 2018. The bridge opened in June 2018.

Massive Underground Storage Facility outside of Pittsburgh in Limestone Cave

Iron Mountain Inc. is an enterprise information management services company founded in 1951 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its records management, information destruction, and data backup and recovery services are supplied to more than 156,000 customers throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

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The Iron Mountain storage facility is a high-security storage facility in a former limestone mine at Boyers, Pennsylvania, near the city of Butler in the United States.

It began storing records in 1954 and was purchased by Iron Mountain in 1998. It is here that Bill Gates stores his Corbis photographic collection in a refrigerated cave 220 feet (67 m) underground. Nearby, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management leases another underground cavern to store, and process government employee retirement papers.

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Located inside a cavernous former limestone mine in rural Boyers, the underground, climate-controlled, 1.9 million square-foot facility houses some of the world’s most valuable information, including data centers, government archives — and notably, the Bill Gates-owned Corbis Image Collection. Hollywood’s major motion-picture studios also send original film reels to the facility — away from the threat of California’s earthquakes and wildfires — for safekeeping.

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Iron Mountain also boasts an underground lake fed by a natural spring that is used for cooling the data centers, as well as drinking water for its 2,200 employees. The facility also supplies its own fire trucks, should flames ever break out. There’s also a high-tech studio for digitizing and editing media. While we’re not allowed to spill the beans on what all is stored there (Iron Mountain keeps its customers’ information confidential), we can reveal that the facility’s locked, numbered vaults contain original films from a bevy of blockbuster and classic movies, as well as sound recordings from some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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The conspiracy theorists have a field day with these high-security underground facilities. They claim UFO space ships and space alien communities are housed in these facilities. If you are prone to outrageous conspiracies these underground secret facilities must make your mouth water.

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What a bizarre place to work.

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British Antarctic Research Station can be raised and re-located

Halley VI Research Station is the first fully relocatable research station in the world. It was commissioned in 2006 and its unique and  innovative structure was the result of an international design  competition in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The state-of-the-art research facility is segmented  into eight modules, each sitting atop ski-fitted, hydraulic legs. These  can be individually raised to overcome snow accumulation and each module towed independently to a new location.

The station took four  years to build and delivered its first scientific data in 2012. Its iconic design houses a cutting-edge science platform and modern, comfortable accommodation.

The central red module contains the  communal areas for dining, relaxation etc., while the blue modules provide accommodation, laboratories, offices, generators, an observation  platform and many other facilities. Remote scientific equipment, set up for long-term monitoring, is housed in a number of cabooses around the  perimeter of the site, which also contains numerous aerials and arrays for studying atmospheric conditions and space weather.

 

 

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Science at  Halley VI provides vital information for a global understanding of ozone depletion, polar atmospheric chemistry, sea-level rise and climate  change. Since it was first established in 1956, meteorological and  atmospheric data has been continually collected at Halley, providing an  unbroken record.

The station operates throughout the year with a  maximum population of 70 in the summer and an average of 16 over winter.  The Emperor penguin colony near Halley, which is present from May to  February, is a special attraction, while other recreational trips take members further inland towards the “hinge zone” where the floating ice  shelf is joined to the continent.

 

 

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There  have been six Halley bases built so far. The first four were all buried  by snow accumulation and crushed until they were uninhabitable. Various construction methods were tried, from unprotected wooden huts to steel  tunnels. Halley V had the main buildings built on steel platforms that  were raised annually to keep them above the snow surface. However, as the station’s legs were fixed in the ice it could not be moved and its occupation became precarious, having flowed too far from the mainland to a position at risk of calving as in iceberg.

 

 

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See also: https://markozen.com/2017/01/15/how-antarctic-bases-went-from-wooden-huts-to-sci-fi-chic/

Aqueduct Veluwemeer in Netherlands

The Aqueduct Veluwemeer is a navigable aqueduct over the N302 road near Harderwijk, in eastern Netherlands. It is located under a small part of the lake Veluwemeer and at the same time connects the mainland Netherlands to Flevoland, which happens to be the largest artificial island in the world. The aqueduct, which was opened to traffic in 2002, is 25 meters long and 19 meters wide and has a water depth of 3 meters that allow small boats to pass through. Underneath, around 28 000 vehicles passes every day. Footpaths are built on either side of the aqueduct for public that wants to enjoy the view.

Chinese Scenic Spot Unveils World’s Scariest Super-Swing

Yunyang Longgang Scenic Spot in Chongqing, China, has become home to what is being referred to as the world’s scariest swing, which can catapult thrill-seekers over the edge of a nearly 700m-tall cliff, at speeds of up to 130km per hour.

The newly-unveiled super swing consists of a 100-meter-tall arch tower from which the swing’s metal cables are attached, and a 108-meter-tall launch tower which allows the swing to achieve mind-numbing speeds. With a swing diameter of up to 91.5 meters, the Yunyang Longgang Cliff Swing is said to offer a more thrilling experience than the famous Nevis Swing in Queenstown, New Zealand, or the Glenwood Canyon Cliff Swing in the United States. The new super-swing is currently undergoing additional safety inspections and is expected to open at the end of next month.

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“To ensure the security of tourists, we used the structural steel of the world’s highest safety performance and applied advanced technologies such as seamless welding. It’s also anti-thunder and anti-electric and can withstand a magnitude 10 earthquakes and level 14 typhoons,” Li Pengfei, General Manager of Yunyang Tourism Development Co., Ltd, told iChongging, last year.

 

The arc of the swing reaches 90 degrees, 70 meters from the cliff under neat the seat. Up to three people can use the swing at a time; they will be strapped into the chair with safety harnesses, before being lifted into the air by a rope attached to the launch tower, from which they will be flung at blistering speed.

To experience the Yunyang Longgang Cliff Swing first-hand, you will have to travel to Chongqing and wait until June 30th, when the ride is expected to officially open.

I’d shit my pants just before my heart would blow out if I tried riding this thing.

Very Large Array

The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is a centimeter-wavelength radio astronomy observatory located in central New Mexico on the Plains of San Agustin, between the towns of Magdalena and Datil, ~50 miles (80 km) west of Socorro. The VLA comprises twenty-eight 25-meter radio telescopes (27 of which are operational while one is always rotating through maintenance) deployed in a Y-shaped array and all the equipment, instrumentation, and computing power to function as an interferometer. Each of the massive telescopes is mounted on double parallel railroad tracks, so the radius and density of the array can be transformed to adjust the balance between its angular resolution and its surface brightness sensitivity. Astronomers using the VLA have made key observations of black holes and protoplanetary disks around young stars, discovered magnetic filaments and traced complex gas motions at the Milky Way’s center, probed the Universe’s cosmological parameters, and provided new knowledge about the physical mechanisms that produce radio emission.

The VLA stands at an elevation of 6970 ft (2124 m) above sea level. It is a component of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The NRAO is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

The radio telescope comprises 27 independent antennas, each of which has a dish diameter of 25 meters (82 feet) and weighs 209 metric tons (230 Short tons). The antennas are distributed along the three arms of a track, shaped in a wye (or Y) -configuration, (each of which measures 21 km/13 miles long). Using the rail tracks that follow each of these arms—and that, at one point, intersect with U.S. Route 60 at a level crossing—and a specially designed lifting locomotive (“Hein’s Trein”), the antennas can be physically relocated to a number of prepared positions, allowing aperture synthesis interferometry with up to 351 independent baselines: in essence, the array acts as a single antenna with a variable diameter. The angular resolution that can be reached is between 0.2 and 0.04 arcseconds.

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In 2011, a decade-long upgrade project resulted in the VLA expanding its technical capacities by factors of up to 8,000. The 1970s-era electronics were replaced with state-of-the-art equipment. To reflect this increased capacity, VLA officials asked for input from both the scientific community and the public in coming up with a new name for the array, and in January 2012 it was announced that the array would be renamed the “Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array”. On March 31, 2012, the VLA was officially renamed in a ceremony inside the Antenna Assembly Building.

Robotic Dog Patrols Singapore Park

Boston Dynamics’ four-legged robotic dog, Spot, has been deployed in the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore in an effort to assist visitors with maintaining safe distances from each other. The bot will patrol a 4-mile area of the park and send back ‘video analytics’ which can be used to estimate the number of park-goers. According to a statement, Spot’s cameras will not store anyone’s personal information or track specific individuals.

Only in China

Stairway to heaven: 300ft spiral staircase to give Chinese tourists a taste of the high life – as long as you don’t have a heart condition

Just looking at these stairs is enough to give anyone vertigo, but they are expected to attract thousands of tourists in China.

The 300ft spiral staircase has been installed on the wall of the Taihang Mountains in Linzhou to offer the thrill of mountaineering without the danger. But senior climbers beware – you have to be under 60 to be allowed on the staircase.

 

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Chinese tourist officials in Linzhou,  Henan province, hope the stairs will give visitors a real experience of the mountain range.

‘Here the wind blows and batters them, the birds fly past them, the stairs creak. It is a lot more authentic than an elevator,’ explained one official.

However,for health and safety reasons, the stairs do not offer admission to just anyone.  All potential climbers have to sign a form  stating that they have no heart or lung problems and are under 60 years of age.

 

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