Monday, 21 April 2014

Engineer Uses Empty Coke Bottles And LEDs To Solve Africa’s Lighting Issue

Engineer Uses Empty Coke Bottles And LEDs To Solve Africa’s Lighting Issue

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Now a Reality

Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Now a Reality


A smart highway that promises to save energy while improving safety was unveiled along a 500-meter stretch in the Netherlands last week. Interactive and self-sustaining, it’s being called the “Route 66 of the future.” 

The project is designed and developed by Daan Roosegaarde and Dutch engineering firm Heijmans Infrastructure. Earlier this year, we posted about other Studio Roosegaarde projects: houseplant reading lights and bioluminescent streetlamps. Now, this glow-in-the-dark technology actually exists on the N329 highway in Oss, about 100 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam.

The road markings are made with paint containing photo-luminescent powder that charges in the daytime and then releases a green glow at nighttime. Roosegaarde tells Wired UK that Heijmans had managed to take its luminescence to the extreme: "It's almost radioactive.”

If the glow does last the whole eight hours it’s supposed to, this could mean dispensing with energy-guzzling, maintenance heavy streetlights. “The government is shutting down streetlights at night to save money,” Roosegaarde tells BBC. "I was completely amazed that we somehow spend billions on the design and R&D of cars but somehow the roads -- which actually determine the way our landscape looks -- are completely immune to that process.”

But will the pilot project lead to implementation along every unlit road? “It would be a big investment so if safety improvement is the target then we need hard evidence about how this compares to what we already have and to back up any safety claims," Pete Thomas from Loughborough University's Transport Safety Research Centre says. The UK Highways Agency says it will be watching the trial, and one of their concerns is how the markings will work during the winter when daylight hours are fewer. Also, we’ll need to know how well the paint holds up to normal wear-and-tear. 

Studio Roosegaarde’s complete “Smart Highway” concept, first proposed in 2012, also includes temperature sensitive technology: Snowflakes light up the ground when the road gets slippery. This was not included in the Netherlands trial. 




Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Now a Reality

April 14, 2014 | by Janet Fang

Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/technology/glow-dark-roads-now-reality#JApYH3Sc6O0VfqGQ.99

Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Now a Reality

April 14, 2014 | by Janet Fang

Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/technology/glow-dark-roads-now-reality#JApYH3Sc6O0VfqGQ.99

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Ferrari Is Building Its Own 5 Star Hotel In Spain. Here’s How It Looks

Ferrari Is Building Its Own 5 Star Hotel In Spain. Here’s How It Looks

Ferrari is famous for its Super cars, right? However, it has decided to excel in another field as well and knowing that it’s Ferrari, we are quite sure that the results will be marvellous to say the least.
Ferrari 1
So what is Ferrari up to? Ferrari is all set to build its first luxury hotel at a location that is just outside Barcelona. This hotel will be opened right next to Ferrari’s second Ferrari Land (a Ferrari orientated Theme park).
Ferrari Hotel In Barcelona 2According to Ferrari, if everything goes according to plan, then the ceremony for the opening will take place in 2016. The hotel has 250 rooms and is expected to be a 5 star resort; we wouldn’t expect anything less from Ferrari now, would we? By virtue of being a 5 star resort; you can expect all the services and offerings, which are luxurious and classy. The area surrounding the resort is also supposed to be filled with shops, restaurants and simulated car racing areas.
Ferrari Theme ParkFerrari has released some rendered images of the design and one can quickly pick off the fact that the design of the resort is inspired from the front wing of the Ferrari Formula 1 racer. The hotel, as expected, will come in red color – the Ferrari Red. The interior, as per our speculation, will be a tribute to Ferrari’s history of 67 years and shall be furnished with the best and only the best of the materials. This Ferrari feat shall be a part of the PortAventura complex that currently entertains around 4 million visitors per year and according to the company, half of the visitors come from Spain while the rest are from outside Spain. A €100 million investment by PortAventura has been made into the Ferrari Land. This second Ferrari Land will also house the World’s ‘fastest and highest’ vertical roller coaster for those who want the thrill of speed and adventure.
FerrariLandAndrea Perrone, MD of Ferrari Brand, said; ‘Ferrari Land will appeal to entire families as well as Formula One supporters. We will continue to further look at the launch of additional Ferrari theme parks outside of Europe with no rush, while continuing to maximize the value of our prestigious brand without diluting it.’
We know superiority of Ferrari when it comes to cars is unparalleled, let’s see how good