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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Japanese cyclo is born

Japanese Cyclo is Born
Green wheels:Everything old is new again for one Japanese manufacturer, which has unveiled an electronic version of a rickshaw.
The "Meguru" is a three-wheeled, three-seat compact vehicle whose single lithium-ion battery allows for a maximum speed and range of 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour, although the number of batteries could be increased for a longer ride.

Pizza Art Portraits

David Ham-eron, Margarita Thatcher... and Kate's never looked tastier: The artist who makes celebrity portraits out of PIZZA

Artist Prudence Staite has found a tasty outlet for her art — by creating pizzas of famous faces. 
So how does she do it? Incredibly, there's no trickery involved.
Prudence, 33, who is based in Gloucestershire, says: 'I create the face freehand, working from photos.
'First of all, I'll usually make a pencil sketch on paper. Then I draw the design onto the pizza base with tomato puree.'
A bun in the oven... and a pizza too: Kate's hair is a sea of olives in this creation by Prudence Staite
A bun in the oven... and a pizza too: Kate's hair is a sea of olives in this creation by Prudence Staite
Has he still got the right ingredients? David Cameron
Has he still got the right ingredients? David Cameron
This lady pizza's not for burning: The late Baroness Thatcher
This lady pizza's not for burning: The late Baroness Thatcher

Food arts

Food arts

   

    

Clouds Of Fof In Car Park

Heavens above! Breathtaking art installation pumps clouds of fog into city car park giving people the chance to walk in the clouds

A breathtaking art installation gives people the chance to walk in the clouds by creating a thick blanket of fog on the roof of a city car park.
Cloud Parking, which was created by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya in Linz, Austria, back in 2011 uses a specially designed fog system to artificially create clouds which completely envelop visitors.
Powerful pumps blast out water at very high pressure through custom-designed nozzles which have holes just 120 microns wide, transforming it into dense fog.  
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya's magical installation Cloud Parking on a rooftop in the city of Linz, Austria
Cloud city: Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya's magical installation Cloud Parking on a rooftop in the city of Linz, Austria
Ethereal: Two people take in the unusual atmosphere on the Austrian rooftop
Ethereal: Two people take in the unusual atmosphere on the Austrian rooftop
Artist Nakaya, 79, has used the technique to create dazzling installations in a number of different locations including a forest in Canberra, Australia and most recently in San Fransisco Bay.
She said: 'Scientifically, cloud and fog are the same, but conceptually, there is a big difference.'
The effect varies considerably depending on the wind, temperature and humidity which all have a huge effect on how dense the fog will be.
Ms Nakaya has described fog as 'an interactive media' which 'conjures dialogue with nature' and 'reveals the innate' whereas clouds have 'never left the realm of romanticism,' reports My Modern Met.
Technique: Artist Fujiko Nakaya uses a custom-designed system to produce the clouds of fog which includes high pressure pumps and specifically designed fog nozzles
Technique: Artist Fujiko Nakaya uses a custom-designed system to produce the clouds of fog which includes high pressure pumps and specifically designed fog nozzles

Predator Cubs Living Together

Just one big happy family: Abandoned lion, tigers and hyena cubs who all play together

  • When these five baby animals were all abandoned by their mothers their chances of survival were slim
  • But now the three lions, a tiger, and a spotted hyena are having a happier time at the Akwaaba Lodge in South Africa
  • Will transform into predators in two year's time - so they will be split up and live in separate enclosures
  • The animals share the same living enclosures and even share meal times together
When these five baby animals were all abandoned by their mothers their chances of survival were slim.
But now the three lions, a tiger, and a spotted hyena are having a happier time at the Akwaaba Lodge in Rustenburg, South Africa, where they live under one roof.
The owner of the four- star hotel, Layla Cajee, has raised the cubs from birth.
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Special bond:
Special bond: Five of nature's most fearful beasts have formed a bond - after they were abandoned by their mothers
Bright future:
Bright future: The babies - three lions, a tiger, and a spotted hyena are having a roaring good time at the Akwaaba Lodge in Rustenburg, South Africa, where they live under one roof
 A lion cub relaxes

Monday, April 29, 2013

*World's Largest Plane at Niagara Falls Airport*

HUGE!   Thought you would find this a bit interesting.

The World's Largest Plane at Niagara Falls Airport.
THIS AIRPLANE WAS AT THE NIAGARA FALLS AIRPORT RECENTLY (TWICE)
TO LOAD LARGE TRANSFORMERS TO FLY DIRECTLY TO SAUDI ARABIA. 
32 wheels! -- Costs more than my house to rotate the tires!
The World's Biggest Airplane, the Russian Antonov 225.
Attached pics are of the Russian behemoth when it landed. 
While they were loading the compressors, the Russian pilots (two crews), went into town to buy cigarettes by the case and Levis jeans.  It is amazing something this huge can stay in the air.
The Wright brothers would never have dreamt it.  



National Geographic Breath-taking Shots

The National Geographic jet set: Breath-taking shots taken around the world by photographers vying for the 2013 Traveler Photo Contest

National Geographic is calling for travelers the world over to share their epic adventures with its readers.
The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now accepting submissions, and thousands of professional and amateur snappers have already entered their stunning travel pictures showcasing everything from Hindu devotees in Malaysia to a fearless climber in St Erebus, Antarctica.
The winner of the 2013 Traveler Photo Contest will receive a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos and have their prized photo published in National Geographic Traveler magazine. Runner up with be awarded a seven-day National Geographic Photography Workshop, while third prize is a six-day cruise on a Maine windjammer schooner for two.
Some of the wonderful photos already submitted include a spectacular image titled 'Door to Hell' by Priscilla Locke, which shows a woman standing at the edge of the fiery Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan. The crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface. In a quirky entry, traveler Melih Sular captures record seller Ahmet as he pokes his head through a gap in his exhaustive collection.
Photographers can enter their favorite travel memories in any of four categories including travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments. To enter click here.
The power of the Criollo: Photo and caption by Chris Schmid for the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The power of the Criollo: Photo and caption by Chris Schmid for the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Music Collector:
Music Collector: Ahmet is a record seller who loves music very much. He has a small and charming shop and he makes collection of long-play records. He spends his life on music and its changes, and he is very happy with the old melodies. Photo and caption by Melih Sular
Shadows in dust: A herd of wildebeest kick up dust at sunset, revealing their shadows. Photo and caption by Max Seigal
Shadows in dust: A herd of wildebeest kick up dust at sunset, revealing their shadows. Photo and caption by Max Seigal

Futuristic Cultural Complex in Changsha - China


Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled an ambitious cultural complex, which began to take shape in October after the project broke ground in the heart of Changsha, China. In true Hadid-fashion, the Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Center defines itself by extreme sinuous curves that radiate from each of the three independent structures and links them to a pedestrianized landscape that offers a "strong urban experience", forming what they hope to be a global destination for theater and art.

The International Culture & Arts Centre embodies a unique variety of civic nodes and spaces: A Grand Theatre, a Contemporary Art Museum, a Multipurpose Hall and supporting facilities. The central plaza is generated by the relative position of these separate buildings and offers a strong urban experience whereby the flow of pedestrian visitors that come from all sides of the site intersect and meet. In parallel it also stretches outwards to the neighboring streets with unfettered and phenomenal views across Meixi lake with access towards Festival Island.


The Grand Theatre is the focal point of the Changsha International Culture & Arts Centre. It is the largest performance venue in the city with a total capacity of 1800 seats. Designed to host world-standard performances the building contains will contain all the necessary front of house functions, such as lobbies, cloakrooms, bars, restaurants, and VIP hospitality, as well as the required ancillary functions, such as administration, rehearsal rooms, backstage logistics, dressing and make-up rooms, and wardrobe.

The Museum's composition of three fluid petals around its internal central atrium, juxtaposes of the various patchworks of gallery spaces in a truly seamless fashion. With outward views and balconies to its exteriors, it aims to engage the site's unique location and surrounding views into some of its gallery spaces. An external plaza which faces Meixi Lake Road allows for outdoor sculptures, exhibitions and events to be extended to an expansive outdoor space.


Beautiful Glasswinged Butterfly



Have you ever seen a glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto)? You might think that this creature is a figment of one's imagination, perhaps a Photoshopped composite shot of a butterfly blending into a serene setting, but the truth is that it exists! The aptly named insect is a brush-footed (or four-footed) butterfly whose wings appear to be made of glass, though they're not. The tissue within their wings lack the usually colorful pigments found in other butterflies; thus, they have a glassy, transparent appearance.

Found primarily in Central America (Mexico through Panama), the glasswinged butterfly's name in Spanish is Espejitos which translates as little mirrors. In certain lights, the translucent wing parts have a glossy, almost reflective quality to them that makes their Spanish name effectively accurate. Whether they're seen as glass or mirrors, though, there's something absolutely fascinating about the way these butterflies' wings offer a surreal look at the environment around the insect. It's like they're tiny ornaments designed to draw the eye to the scenic appeal of nature.



Return of a Legend Titanic 2



Everyone is calling it the "return of a legend." Last year, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer revealed plans for Titanic II, a modern-day functioning replica of the original luxury liner. According to the design plan, "While every bit as luxurious as her namesake, Titanic II will have every modern amenity along with 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems." Passengers can purchase tickets and experience a journey across the ocean in a real life flash to the past, including class divisions and even costumes from the time period.

Just like the original, the accommodations are designed to match the finest restaurants and hotels on land. The plush furniture, carved oak designs, wrought iron and glass dome, and grand central staircase will mimic the grandeur of the original ship, and Palmer says, "This magnificent vessel is to be constructed in memory of the heroic people who served on the ship, the passengers who sadly shared their fate, and all those that survived the tragedy."

The vessel will take its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 2016 and something important to note, the new design will be extremely prepared for any emergency, equipped with 18 modern lifeboats that can hold beyond the ship's capacity of 2,435 passengers and 900 crew.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Vieux Port Pavilion by Foster + Partners

Foster + Partner's re-imagining of the World Heritage-listed harbour at Marseilles, France has been officially unveiled. Opened by the President of Marseille Provence Métropole, Eugène Caselli, and the Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin on 2 March, the new Vieux Port events pavilion has been built to celebrate the French city's year as the European Capital of Culture.

Constructed using highly reflective stainless steel and supported by slim pillars, the new events pavilion is a simple canopy which measures 46m by 22m, and is completely open on all sides. The polished, mirrored surface of the pavilion reflects the views of the historic port and has been designed to taper towards the edges in order to reduce the structure's visual impact.


Lord Foster said of the design: "I know the harbour at Marseille well and it is a truly grand space. This project is a great opportunity to enhance it using very simple means, to improve it with a large pavilion for events, for markets, for special occasions. Our approach has been to work with the climate, to create shade, but at the same time to respect the space of the harbour - just making it better."

As part of the scheme, the boat houses and technical installations located alongside the quays have been relocated to new platforms and clubhouses over the water. Another feature of the project has been the enlargement of the pedestrian area around the harbour and the removal of kerbs and level changes, which the designers say will reduce the traffic over the coming years and provide 'a safe, pedestrianised environment that extends to the water's edge'.

Spencer de Grey, Head of Design at Foster + Partners, added: "Our aim has been to make the Vieux Port accessible to all - the project is an invitation to the people of Marseille to enjoy and use this grand space for events, markets and celebrations once again. The new pavilion is quite literally a reflection of its surroundings - its lightweight steel structure is a minimal intervention and appears as a simple silver line on the horizon, but it brings a new focus, provides basic shelter and creates a venue for performances during this very important year for the city."



Here are my best collection of Creative Engineering Photos

FANTASTIC ENGINEERING PHOTOS -------Any comments friends????

A church in Norway


The Hands vintage sofa

A masterpiece made from wood,amazing bathtub design ..

River Of Fire

The river of fire caught on camera by intrepid photographers who climbed erupting Russian volcano

  • Brave bloggers capture a volcano going from nought to onehundred
  • Photographed angry volcano on Kamchatka Peninsula, east Russia
  • Plosky Tolbachik volcano now active after 36 years dormant
As the powerful volcano grumbles beneath their feet, one brave couple refused to let their fear take over and captured these beautiful pictures of lava breaking through the surface.
The eruption at the Plosky Tolbachik volcano on Kamchatka Peninsula, east Russia, saw a river of fiery lava flow down the mountain, underneath a bright full moon.
These stunning pictures of the volcano were taken by daredevil bloggers Liudmila and Andrey.
Kingdom of lava: The volcano spills over in a river of molten rock underneath a bright full moon
Kingdom of lava: The volcano spills over in a river of molten rock underneath a bright full moon
Calm seas: The lava river flows down the mountain on Kamchatka Peninsula, far-east Russia
Calm seas: The lava river flows down the mountain on Kamchatka Peninsula, far-east Russia
Up close: The lava river sizzles and heats up the cold air over the volcano as the photographers overcome their fears and stand on its brink
Up close: The lava river sizzles and heats up the cold air over the volcano as the photographers overcome their fears and stand on its brink

Saturday, April 27, 2013

SOME WONDER PICTURES TO RELAX YOUR MIND

SOME WONDER PICTURES TO RELAX YOUR MIND


Slide into the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily, Italy




Turquoise Ice, Northern Lake Baikal, Russia






Camouflaged Owl

Can you make hoot what it is yet? Natural camouflage leaves this American owl barely visible at the entrance to its nest

Owls this for a disguise?
An eastern screech owl is barely visible at the entrance to a tree hole - thanks to its perfectly evolved camouflage.
These incredible pictures were taken by photographer Graham McGeorge, 42, in Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia.
Natural camouflage: An eastern screech owl disguised in the hollow of a tree in Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia
Natural camouflage: An eastern screech owl disguised in the hollow of a tree in Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia
I see YOU: Screech owls are quite common across North America but they generally go unnoticed
I see YOU: Screech owls are quite common across North America but they generally go unnoticed
Usually solitary, screech owls nest in a tree cavity, either natural or excavated by a woodpecker.
They have either rusty or dark grey intricately patterned plumage with streaking on the underparts, helping them to blend in perfectly in their woodland homes.

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