Japanese Lego builder Jumpei Mitsui has been hard at work at a 1:40 model of the famous Battleship Yamato for over a year. This gargantuan model puts the Millennium Falcon to shame, stretching out for over 20 feet and using a whopping 100,000 pieces. The Lego version was constructed at minifig scale (1/40), which is an amazing task that resulted in these specs: 22 feet long, 3 feet wide, 330 pounds and more than 200,000 Lego pieces. Continue reading »
The European Extremely Large Telescope, also known as the alien hunter, will be the world’s largest optical telescope. Its mirror alone will be 137 feet wide, half the size of a regular football field.
The whole structure will weigh 2,800 tonnes, making it the heaviest of all telescopes as well. It will gather 13 times more light than existing earthbound telescopes and can even provide images 16 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope’s. European astronomers took years to decide on the final design of the alien hunter telescope.
“At the end of the three-year final design study, we will know exactly how everything is going to be built, including a detailed costing,” said Catherine Cesarsky, the European Southern Observatory’s director general. “We then hope to start construction and have it ready by 2017, when we can install instruments and use it.”
The E-ELT will find its home in Chile, where Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno signed an accord with the European Southern Observatory. The Chilean government will donate 189 acres of land around the Cerro Armazones mountain. And in return, they will have 10 percent of the observing time on the huge telescope.
Construction will begin in early 2012 and the target year for operation is in 2018. The revolutionary telescope is designed to see the deepest parts of the universe and provide clear images of planets, stars and other galaxies.
This architectural concept drawing of ESO’s planned European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) shows the world’s largest planned optical telescope gazing heavenwards. Slated to begin operations early in the next decade, the E-ELT will tackle the biggest scientific challenges of our time. (IBITImes/Swinburne Astronomy Production) Continue reading »
Oktoberfest festival is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. And this year the mayor of Munich Christian Ude has tapped the first keg to kick off the 178th traditional German folk festival.
A waitress carries the traditional 1-litre beer mugs at the opening of the Munich Oktoberfest September 17, 2011. (Reuters) Continue reading »
Toy production in Police nad Metují, in the Czech Republic, dates back to the year 1920 when Jaroslav Vancl founded the Inventor company, which produced toy construction sets of the same name. Back then, the metal parts of the Inventor construction sets were connected by metal hooks similar to those of scaffolding. In 1925, a new system was launched whereby the metal parts are connected by screws and M 3,5 nuts. This toy construction set, registered under the MERKUR trademark became very popular and keeps its original form till this day. Would you like to know more about the MERKUR toy construction sets and toy trains? Do you want to see the biggest structure made of MERKUR? Then come and visit the MERKUR Toy Construction Set Museum in Police nad Metují. Continue reading »
A Big Yellow Rabbit has installed in Örebro, a small Swedish town. Built by the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. Estimate cost about US$20,000. Continue reading »
Buildings on fire dot a vast wall of mud littered with boats and debris moving fast across farmland in northern Japan. Houses, cars and a train can be seen in the path of the tsunami. Continue reading »
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