Some say that the best way to overcome a phobia is to face the fear head-on. They also say this should be done gradually, so this swaying glass-bottomed bridge might be best left for the advanced stages of conquering acrophobia. The photos alone are enough to make our palms sweaty.
The hair-raising suspension bridge is located 180 meters (590 feet) above a valley floor in Pingjiang County, in the Hunan province of southern China. Suspended between two rocky peaks, the bridge measures 300 meters (984 feet) long and, yes, it really does tend to sway in the breeze.
But don’t worry about freaking out before you even get halfway across. Specially trained staff are on hand to assist visitors in need of emotional support and encouragement in order to complete the thrilling/terrifying journey across the glass bridge.
Yun Ku, a 23-year-old who did the walk, said: “I was fine at first but by the time I was a third of the way across I just went weak at the knees. I had to go back when it started to move and needed a lot of coaxing from my boyfriend. I thought I was going just melt on the spot. My legs wouldn’t work.”
The brand-new FREE app from GoldieBlox is out now and it features an animated short that Lynn Wang & I directed!! You can check it out in the app store or at goldieblox.com. If you like it please do give it a rating or share it around, a bunch of good friends of ours put a ton of their time and effort into making it!
Lynn & I also want to give a shout out to Andrea Fernandez, Trevor Spencer, and Megan Lacera who were the creative directors of the whole thing. They worked their butts off and it definitely shows! And also a big thanks to Nick Keller for his awesome soundtrack he scored for the animation and Angelo Vilar for all his amazing backgrounds!
Check it out! The app turned out to be super cute and really fun, Lynn and I are really proud of everyone who worked on it. It also features the voice talents of Kari Byron (formerly of Mythbusters) and Emily Haines (of the band Metric)!
Ada Lovelace Day is just around the corner! Don’t miss PBS’ timely “Makers: Women in Space" special this Tuesday at 9pm (PST), or online the following afternoon. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the documentary features interviews with female astronauts, aviators, and engineers who have paved the way for women in STEM.
British artist Alex Chinneck recently unveiled an awesome new art installation in the piazza of London’s Covent Garden. Entitled Take my Lightning but Don’t Steal my Thunder, the piece presents the fantastic optical illusion that a 40-foot-long building has broken free of its base and floated up 10 feet in the air where it hovers in flagrant disobedience of the law of gravity.
The magical building is modeled on the original architecture of Covent Garden’s 184-year-old Market Building. The structure is mostly made of CNC-cut polystyrene.
"A 14 tonne (15.68 US tons) steel framework and a 4 tonne (4.48 US tons) counterweight were used to support the structure, and Chinneck employed a team of specialists including architectural consultants, structural engineers, steel fabricators, carpenters, and set builders, to help build it. The installation was transported to Covent Garden in pieces by truck and assembled within four days."
The mind-bending installation was transported to Covent Garden in pieces and assembled on site over a 4 day period. It’ll be on display through Friday October 24, 2014.
"Going beyond the lab to allow the patient to face real-world challenges is the main contribution of this work," said Max Ortiz Catalan, the lead author of the publication and a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, in a press release.
But, incredibly, not only has the prostheses restored full dexterous control back to the man’s arm, it has also sent feedback the other way and allow him to feel touch sensations through the robotic arm.
Shirley Ann Jackson, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. from MIT. Jackson conducted research at Fermi National Accelerator and Bell Labs on theoretical physics, solid state and quantum physics, and optical physics and was awarded 40 honorary doctorates.
At 194 feet wide and 1,312 feet long, the Matz Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built. It can carry 18,000 20-foot containers; its propellers weigh 70 tons apiece; it is too big for the Panama Canal, though it can shimmy through the Suez. All this is to say: This is a ship of daunting proportions.
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