Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Eiffel Tower Extension

Paris-based Serero Architects have claimed victory in the open competition to redesign any of the Eiffel Tower's public reception and access areas. Serero's project will extend the top floor plate of the tower by grafting a high performance carbon Kevlar structure on it. The structure will be temporarily bolted to the slab without requiring any modification of the existing structure. It will expand the usable floor area from 280 m2 to 580m2.


Is This The Flip iPhone? Apple Patents Dual-Touch Screen Flip Phone

It's rare that Apple's patents actually show the exact form factors of devices they have in development, but this "dual sided trackpad" patent for a phone seems to definitely show that they've got some flipphone version coming up. The patent itself outlines a phone that has two multitouch sensors, both on the "bottom" part of the phone. When it's closed, the phone acts like your current model iPhone. When it's open, only the bottom part of the phone is touch-sensitive, whereas the top part is just a display.

Photoshop image of what the device might look like

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Mirror Rock Installation Looks Invisible

A rock deep in the woods was covered by mirrors as part of an art project by Michel de Broin. Since it reflects it's surroundings it seems invisible. Wouldn't want to run into this thing while biking in the woods.


Incredible Photo of Scienctist Stroking a Great White Shark

The shark had been lured to the boat with chunks of bait as part of tests on a "Shark Shield'" - an electronic device designed to ward sharks away from surfers.
The extraordinary picture was taken in 2007 by scientists who were exploring whether the devices attracted sharks more than they repelled them.

Full story here