Top 10 strangest and innovative products at CES 2019.

What and when is CES 2019?  

The 2019 International CES began on Tuesday, 8 January and ends on Friday, 11 January. It’s been taking place since 1967 and is staged by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a trade organization that represents over 2,000 consumer tech companies in the U.S. Though it gets a lot of attention from the world’s media, this is not an event where the public can go see the latest tech. Unlike the IFA exhibition in Berlin each August, the CES is open only to the electronics trade, as well as journalists, bloggers and plenty of blaggers.

This is a list of the 10 strangest and innovative products.

1. LG Signature Oled R-W

LG Signature Oled R is a television that can be rolled up. The invention is worthy without shade of doubt of the first place among the most interesting products introduced to the CES 2019. Protagonist of the resigns press of the whole world. This tv can be rolled up on herself thanks to a present roll in the custody in brushed aluminum.

When the television is not used it can comfortably be refolded. The same diving-suit of the tv has a double function, it acts in fact also from reproducing audio to high fidelity. The price has not been communicated yet, but you/he/she should debut within the end of the year.

2. Boeing and Bell’s ‘flying cars’.

Bell Helicopter showed-off a full-scale ‘air taxi’ named Bell Nexus that will – you guessed it – “redefine air travel”.

What are Bell and Boeing doing?

Last week, Boeing successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Called Boeing NeXt, this urban air mobility project saw a 9×8-metre craft complete a controlled vertical takeoff, hover and landing during a flight that also tested the vehicles autonomous functions and ground control systems. Further tests are scheduled, with the electrically propelled vehicle designed to travel 50 miles.

“This is what revolution looks like, and it’s because of autonomy,” said John Langford, president and chief executive officer of Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences. “Certifiable autonomy is going to make quiet, clean and safe urban air mobility possible.”

Meanwhile, the Bell Nexus is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system that features a powered lift concept using six tilting ducted fans. The system also includes ‘pods’ for passengers that can be attached to the propulsion structure.

“As space at the ground level becomes limited, we must solve transportation challenges in the vertical dimension – and that’s where Bell’s on-demand mobility vision takes hold,” said Mitch Snyder, president and CEO of Bell. “The industry has anticipated the reveal of our air taxi for some time.”

Are flying cars for passengers?

Yes, but although this flight of Boeing’s eVTOL aircraft is designed to carry passengers, the Boeing NeXt portfolio also includes an unmanned fully electric cargo air vehicle (CAV). Designed to transport up to 500lb, Boeing’s CAV completed its first indoor flight last year and will transition to outdoor flight testing in 2019.

“Boeing was there when the aviation industry was born and in our second century, we will unlock the potential of the urban air mobility market,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. “From building air vehicles to airspace integration, we will usher in a future of safe, low-stress mobility in cities and regions around the world.”

3. Hyundai’s ‘walking car’.

Hyundai showed off a new concept vehicle that could make it easier to reach victims of natural disasters: a ‘walking car’, which uses articulated legs to navigate off-road following floods, fires and earthquakes.

The vehicle, named Elevate, combines tech from electric cars and quadruped robots (like Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini). Each of its legs is also equipped with a wheel, enabling it to either drive or walk to its destination – or both.

When the car is in drive mode, the legs are folded up and power to the joints is cut to extend battery life. However, when the going gets tough, it can adopt either a reptilian or mammalian gait, and leap across five-foot gaps. That’s not something you could say of your typical 4×4.

“When a tsunami or earthquake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot. Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete,” said John Suh, vice president and head of Hyundai’s Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences (CRADLE).

3. Foldimate laundry-folder.

Hiding in one of the halls at CES 2019 is the Foldimate laundry-folder, and it may just do what smart washing machines have failed to do so far – make cleaning your clothes fun.

You manually insert items of clothing into the Foldimate by clipping them in, but that’s all you’ll need to do. About five seconds later the machine spits them out at the bottom and makes a bell noise when it’s complete.

4. Sharp’s 8K.

First spotted by Kinotika, on the Sharp stand at the show, the new camera is currently simply known as ‘8K video camera’ – so hopefully between now and its official launch Sharp will come up with a more exciting name for it. 

Like the Blackmagic Pocket 4K Cinema Camera (what is it with the boring names?), Sharp’s new video camera features a Micro Four Thirds sensor and lens mount, so it can enjoy a range of optics from both Panasonic and Olympus, as well as other third-party manufacturers.

While the Blackmagic camera can shoot 4K at up to 60p, Sharp’s new video camera can shoot in 8K at 30p using the H.265 codec. If that’s not already impressive, Sharp is talking about getting that up to 60p, while the camera is also said to feature in-camera stabilization, although at the moment it’s not clear if it’s going to be in-body stabilization or an electronic system.

5. Technics SL-1200 / SL-1210 MK7.

The return of a much-loved line, the Technics SL-1200 MK7 (AKA the SL-1210 MK7 in the UK and Europe) looks to deliver what earlier models managed, but at a more palatable price point of $1200 / £899. This works out at around AU$1600, although Australian prices are yet to be confirmed.

A favorite among DJs, the design retains the S-shaped aluminum tone arm of earlier builds and an aluminum die-cast chassis. According to our friends at What Hi-Fi, that’s likely one of the cost cutting areas, with the deck using a “special material consisting of ABS mixed with glass fibre” rather than the aluminum and BMC of Technics earlier high-end models.

Not that the ABS/glass fibre mix should turn you off, with a new core-less direct drive inside designed to prevent fluctuations in rotation speed and a new Reverse Play feature for those looking to mess around with 78rpm.

6. AMD 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation.

At its CES 2019 keynote, AMD debuted an unnamed octa-core, 16-thread part based on the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 architecture. The new CPU seems to be made specifically to go head-to-head with Intel’s flagship Core i9-9900K.

On stage, AMD benchmarked its secretive processor with Cinebench and it achieved a score of 2023 – by our own benchmarks the Intel Core i9-9900K and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X scored 1,873 and 1,798 points, respectively. Basically, you’re looking at a 12% increase in performance with this AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processor.

What’s even more amazing is it seems AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation is even more power efficient than Intel Coffee Lake Refresh. During its Cinebench demo, AMD also displayed the maximum power draw of the Intel system running at 179.9-watts while the new Ryzen system maxed out at 133.4-watts – which makes it about 30% more power efficient.

7. Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.

Nvidia didn’t announce any specific specifications for its new mid-range GPU, but it promised that it would be more powerful than even an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. Additionally, Team Green showed off how the RTX 2060 was capable of playing Battlefield V at Ultra settings and RTX On at well above 60 fps thanks to DLSS also being enabled.

Nvidia also announced a new pair of game bundles with its latest graphics cards. Users interested in buying an RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 will be able to redeem a code to receive a digital copy of either Anthem or Battlefield V. Meanwhile, those who purchase a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 will get digital codes for both titles with their purchase.

8. McAfee and Google Assistant.

At CES 2019, McAfee announced the launch of new Secure Home Platform voice commands for Google Assistant, which will enable you to keep track of your whole network without fiddling with software and app interfaces.

Secure Home Platform will come built into routers and gateways, and will let you perform security checks using spoken commands. For example, you could ask your Google Home speaker how many devices are currently connected, or ask your Sonos One to scan the network for weaknesses. 

“From connected toasters to smart TVs consumers are enjoying the conveniences associated with the IoT devices as they enhance their everyday lives, but so are cybercriminals,” said Shailaja Shankar, McAfee’s general manager for mobile and ISP business units.

“For that reason, consumers must evolve their approach to cybersecurity to keep pace with today’s rapidly-changing environment. In an increasingly connected home, managing security must be simple. The McAfee Secure Home Platform Actions for the Google Assistant empowers consumers with an easy way to manage their home’s network security using their voice.”

9. Samsung’s 98-inch Q900 QLED 8K.

As if 85-inches of 8K TV wasn’t enough, at CES 2019 Samsung has already outdone itself mere months after revealing its debut 8K OLED. It revealed a brand-new 8K Q900 QLED set, measuring in at a massive 98-inches.

Sales of Samsung’s screens over 75 inches have more than doubled over the last year in the US, and Samsung looks set to double down on super-sized screens to go with the next-generation of super-sized TV resolutions.

The Samsung 98-inch Q900 QLED will once again take advantage of Quantum Dot screen tech, as well as making use of Direct Array Mobile Dimming, ensuring the contrast of a the screen is as rich as it can be for each scene. Yoon Lee, Senior Vice President Samsung Electronics America, said it will deliver “incredible color and contrast that others can’t compete with.”

Future-proofed

Ready to support HDMI 2.1, the forthcoming HDMI standard that can deliver adaptive framerates and advanced audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, the screen will also leverage the power of AI to upscale 4K content (and lower) to pristine 8K resolution. It uses thousands of individual algorithms to achieve this.

In addition addition, Samsung’s Bixby AI voice controller, working alongside other services such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, will be able to control all manner of menu and TV guide options on screen, including jumping intelligently to whichever show you’ve been bingeing from Amazon Prime Video.

Select sets from the new Q900 range will go up for pre-order today in the United States. While pricing has yet to be shared, those looking to buy into the latest Samsung has to offer won’t have long to wait.

10. BMW Motorrad R1200 GS.

BMW Motorrad R1200 GS is the first example of motorcycle to completely autonomous guide and it has been disclosed by the Bavarian producer in Nevada. The motorcycle in phase of demonstration has in fact initiated to trace trajectories in complete autonomy on the asphalt turning on alone itself, climbing marches, parking itself and extinguishing itself without the human intervention.

The Top 10 most beautiful Christmas trees in the world.

Here are the most beautiful Christmas trees of 2018 and yesteryear!

1. THE PAPER CHRISTMAS TREE, GALERIES LAFAYETTE (PARIS).


1. THE PAPER CHRISTMAS TREE, GALERIES LAFAYETTE, PARIS

The Frozen theme is still going strong. Hence, Galeries Lafayette’s chosen Christmas décor for 2016. The biggest department store in Paris and the only one sporting an Art Nouveau, 100-century old dome 43 metres up, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann turned to artist Lorenzo Papace to build art with an environmental and social reach.

The tree is made entirely of recycled paper, while a representation of bears and cubs shows them abandoning their crib on the North Pole in search of a new ice pack that has not melted yet.

Shoppers can also empathize with the polar bears’ plight by way of a virtual trip on the second floor of the store, where they can download the free app for Android and iOS and watch the mall magically transform into a swirl of snow and paper animals.

2. THE LEGO CHRISTMAS TREE, AUCKLAND (NEW ZEALAND).


2. THE LEGO CHRISTMAS TREE, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

You can build everything out of LEGO, including a 450,000 bricks full, 3500 kilograms heavy Christmas tree.Ryan NcNaught has been in charge of putting the Southern Hemisphere on Santa’s map this year by erecting a towering LEGO tree to put other evergreens to shame. The creator and his team of LEGO builders invested some 1200 hours into creating a Christmas phenomenon.

The man is a rare breed, just like his tree. Ryan McNaught is one of only 14 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world. His 10m tall Christmas tree has already been on a tour Down Under, in Sydney and Melbourne, but the Kiwi version includes – no surprise here – a LEGO rugby ball, a pukeko, some Kiwi, and a local kingfisher. Who says modern art doesn’t pay homage to tradition?

3. THE POPE’S CHRISTMAS TREE (VATICAN CITY).

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3. THE POPE’S CHRISTMAS TREE, VATICAN CITY

A spruce to rival the towering St. Peter’s Basilica was erected in St. Peter’s Square this year, as the Nativity Scene featuring 17 life-size statues focused on such heavy themes as migration and the refugees issue.

This particular tradition is not as old as the Church, as you might thing. Pope John Paul II initiated it when he imported the Christmas tree as a Northern symbol of holiday cheer and unification.

4. ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE (NEW YORK PLAZA).


4. ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE, NEW YORK PLAZA

This year, the grandiose illumination of the 94-foot tall Norway spruce at the Rockefeller Center was a typically extravagant affair. On display were 50,000 multicolored LED lights, among which the invariably present Swarovski star weighing a staggering 550 pounds and numbering some 25,000 crystals.

The tradition took root in 1931, when a group of demolition workers cropped up their own Christmas on the construction site of the Rockefeller Center with a 20-foot tall balsam fir.

5. THE WORLD’S MOST ILLUMINATED CHRISTMAS TREE (OSAKA, JAPAN).

5. THE WORLD’S MOST ILLUMINATED CHRISTMAS TREE, OSAKA, JAPAN

5. THE WORLD’S MOST ILLUMINATED CHRISTMAS TREE, OSAKA, JAPAN

You don’t have to wait for the cherry blossoms to light up Japan in magical colors when you have a Guinness record holder for “Most lights on an artificial X-mas tree”.

550,000 lights make for quite a dazzler on the Island of the Rising Sun. It’s no surprise the Japanese have managed to yet again hold the trophy for most ribbons, sparkle and glamour on Christmas. Snow may be a rare sight on this tip of the island, but it’s the sixth year Osaka’s Christmas tree has earned this title.

6. THE FLOATING CHRISTMAS TREE (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL).


6. THE FLOATING CHRISTMAS TREE, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Another Christmas miracle? Floating on a barge in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the Brazilian Christmas tree made a spectacular appearance in 2014 on a background of a dazzling show of fireworks.

The 279-foot high mammoth tree blinked with the power of 3.3 million micro light bulbs, which reflected brilliantly in the waters of the South American lagoon.

7. DISNEY CHRISTMAS TREE (ST.PANCRAS TRAIN STATION, LONDON)

7. DISNEY CHRISTMAS TREE, ST.PANCRAS TRAIN STATION, LONDON

7. DISNEY CHRISTMAS TREE, ST.PANCRAS TRAIN STATION, LONDON

Another eyecatcher that may have accounted for many missed trains and canceled meetings, the Disney Christmas Tree set up in London’s St. Pancras train station was stuffed with 45-foot high worth of fluffy toys. The Disney characters ran the gamut from the classics Mickey, Ariel, and Dumbo to the more modern Elsa from the movie Frozen.

8. MURANO CHRISTMAS TREE (VENICE, ITALY).

8. MURANO CHRISTMAS TREE, VENICE, ITALY

8. MURANO CHRISTMAS TREE, VENICE, ITALY

Keeping up with a seven century-old tradition, the Island of Murano brings glassware to life with their creative decorations. Of course, Christmas is crossed off the list when the glass blowers set up for work.

Every year, the Natale di Vetro, or Christmas in Glass hosts an elegant Christmas tree entirely made of Murano glass. Fortunately, the winds are mild on this side of Venice, so the tree will not shatter too easily.

9. KALPATARU, THE WISHING TREE (VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON).

9. KALPATARU, THE WISHING TREE, VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON
9. KALPATARU, THE WISHING TREE, VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON

Once upon a time, there was a tree that could fulfill all desires. And you could find it no farther than at the V&A Museum in London. A modern spin-off on an Indian classic “tree of life”, the Kalpataru design piece by a couple of Delhi artists stood its ground amid various other masterpieces on display.

Handcrafted beaten brass was the primary material used in the making of the postmodern Kalpataru, while the colored motifs depicted scenes from the Indian mythical scene and Diwali celebrations.

10. JBEIL CHRISTMAS TREE (BYBLOS, LEBANON).

10. JBEIL CHRISTMAS TREE, BYBLOS, LEBANON
10. JBEIL CHRISTMAS TREE, BYBLOS, LEBANON

With a 40.4% Christian population, Lebanon has certainly made it to the big league of the most beautiful Christmas trees of all times.

Every year, Byblos is home to an architectural masterpiece that springs up in the square of the world’s oldest port just in time for Santa and his gift-heavy sleigh. Last year’s design kept true to Lebanese local tradition while incorporating elements reminiscent of the tricky rocks hidden in the port’s waters and the sailing skills of the people.

The rule does not say that the most beautiful Christmas trees need to have blossomed from tiny seedlings in the ground. On the contrary, it’s the human spirit and creativity that pours into the design and oversees that an evergreen remains so on a floating barge in Brazil or a train station in London.

Dna as hard disk of the future

The choice of the Dna would seem due to its ultra-compact aspect and his effectiveness of storage. In fact the relationship between quantity of the information and  the space occupied it would seem of big long superior to the actual methods of data storage. Other fundamental factor would revert in the ability of its molecules, preserved in their natural habitat, to stay stable in the time so that the information can hand down without suffering mutations. Unthinkable situation with the actual technologies.

Hard Disk.

The research and the obtained results.

New York Genome Center.

The first studies  started in 2012 and have been conducted by some researchers of the university in Harvard. The data storage has happened following the conversion of the contained binary information in the digital data (0 and 1) in the contained quaternary information in the Dna, represented by the nucleotide bases ( A, T, G and C). 
The job conducted to Harvard has served as a starter to further scientific examinations. For example collaboration between Dina Zielinski of  the New York Genome Center and Yaniv Erlic of Columbia University, the storage of the data inside the Dna would not have more secret. 
The two researchers have announced that they have individualized the algorithm, denominated “Dna fountain”, that allows a complete conversion of the data. They have succeeded to get a process without errors and 60% more efficient in comparison to the preceding results.

We are speaking of 215.000.000 gigabytes in a gram of Dna.

The warehouse in the Dna to study the cellular evolution.

The neuroscientist Seth Shipman, together with his group of job has shown that it is possible to insert an image or a video inside the Dna of a living organism. They have succeeded in codifying a GIF, that represents a man to the gallop, of 36 x26s pixel  inside the bacterium E. Coli.

Gif: Seth Shipman/Nature Research

Now we provide information on the Dna that we know. We want to record information that we don’t know. One day we could highly follow all the passages from a stem cell to a specialized type highly of cells of the brain, bringing so to a best understanding of  the biological trials  and how they are coordinated.

World’s largest underwater restaurant.

Five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway, Europe’s first underwater restaurant is nearing completion. The 110-foot long structure, an oblique concrete slab that looks like a sunken periscope, was submerged in July 2018 and work is now underway to complete the interiors, in anticipation of the public opening in spring 2019.
The restaurant, called Under, is the design of Norwegian outfit Snøhetta, which has made a name for itself with projects such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the Oslo Opera House, the National September 11 Memorial Pavilion and the renovation of Times Square in New York.
When finished, the structure will accommodate about 100 guests with a total internal area of about 500 square meters (5,300 square feet) set over three levels, offering unique underwater views of the surrounding marine environment through a 11-meter (36 feet) wide panoramic window.

Under goes under.

The restaurant was built in about six months on a barge near the coast, then towed into position about 600 feet away with a heavy-lift vessel. To submerge the structure, containers filled with water were placed inside, before securing it to the sea floor with a total of 18 anchoring points.
More than half of the structure is submerged, and guests will gain access through a glass walkway that will bridge the gap between the coast and the entrance, which will be at shore level.
Under is made of reinforced concrete, to withstand the harsh conditions found in this spot of the Norwegian coastline. “The first problem is water pressure, as we’re five meters (16 feet) below the surface, but the biggest challenge is the waves. Wind and waves are extreme here. To withstand all these forces, the building is slightly curved, so it can better take to the waves, and it’s thick: half a meter (1.6 feet) for the concrete and about 30 centimeters (1 foot) for the acrylic windows”.

Design.

The decision to position the restaurant in an area battered by the elements was deliberate. “When the client came to us, they had already done some sketches on another site close to current one, but we convinced them to build a few hundred meters away, where the sea is actually rougher. We thought this would better capture the nature of the area and I think that’s also what makes this more spectacular compared to other underwater restaurants in the world, as they are in very controlled areas”.

Position.

The client, developers Gaute and Stig Ubostad, also operates a hotel a short distance from the restaurant. They both sit in the Lindesnes region, home to Norway’s oldest lighthouse, a popular tourist attraction located at the southernmost tip of of the mainland. Getting here isn’t too easy: the best way is to hop on a short flight from Oslo to Kristiansand, the closest airport, which is about an hour’s drive away.
The design of the structure was also subject to several revisions. “Initially, we spent a lot of time on very complicated designs, but after a long discussion and many different models we ended up doing things in a much simpler way. It’s just a concrete tube that brings people from the land down to the sea, it’s so simple.

A light touch.

To guarantee the safety of the guests, an analysis has been performed to study the propagation and load of the waves, and the 2,500-ton structure is designed to withstand the most extreme events. The data will also be fed back to visiting research teams that study marine biology and fish behavior. Work has been done to restore the conditions that were in place prior to the disturbance created by submerging the structure, and the concrete shell is designed to invite mussels to cling onto it and blend into the surrounding nature.
The tasting menu, created by Danish head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen, is still under wraps but will rely heavily on local seafood, although mushrooms, berries, various seabirds and wild sheep from the surrounding landscape will also be on offer.
From the main window in the dining area, which is 4 meters (13 feet) tall, guests will be able to observe a variety of fish and sea creatures including seals and lobsters. Crucial to this view is the lighting, which has been carefully designed for both the interior and the sandbank just outside. “Outside lighting is very important because in the wintertime and in the evenings it will be dark, and without any light you would just see the reflection of the restaurant on the window”.
Interior lighting is muted and discreet to avoid such reflections, and colors are chosen accordingly, with oak wood and fabric covering the walls to avoid glaring white spots.
“It’s a magic feeling to be down in a big room like this and see out into the sea through the huge window And what’s surprising is that some of the renderings we did illustrate very closely what it’s going to be like,” said Grasdal.
The restaurant is accepting reservations starting in April 2019, although availability is already limited well into the summer.
The best way to plan a visit is looking at the weather forecast. “The most exciting experience will be visiting the restaurant during rough weather. It will be fantastic to see the sea surface broken up by the big waves and the rain, making for a very dramatic view although you will still feel safe and relaxed inside the restaurant.”
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The world’s tallest statue: “The Statue of Unity”.

India is set to unveil next week, the towering figure of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a popular political and social leader, who was part of the freedom struggle that resulted in India’s independence from British colonial rule in 1947.
Looming 182 meters (597 feet) above the Narmada River in the western Indian state of Gujarat, the statue is set to be unveiled on October 31, revealing a figure molded from approximately 1,850 metric tons of bronze.
“In the world, people talk about America’s Statue of Liberty. We want to make a statue of Sardar Patel at twice the size of the statue of Liberty,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2013. The Statue of Liberty is 93 meters high, including its pedestal.
Mondi in 2010, when he was the chief minister for the state of Gujarat, announced The Statue of Unity. Built with funds allocated by the Gujarat state government, it has also received support from the federal government and individual contributions.
Estimated to cost over $410 million, the committee overseeing the construction asked for the public donations to finish the statue. Modi called on farmers across the country to donate iron.
Images show Indian workers putting the final touches on the statue of Patel, who’s wearing a shirt, shawl and loincloth with detailed folds. Promoted as a dream that Modi is keen to fulfill in his first term as Prime Minister, the project includes a museum, research and entertainment center. They have also set up a 3-star hotel in a complex nearby.
The Statue of Unity is not the only one that is waiting to break records. A new statue dedicated to a famous Maharashtrian warrior, Shivaji, is being built in the Arabian ocean, just off the coast of Mumbai.
Set to reach a height of 212 meters, this new statue could upstage Modi’s dream project.

9 Curiosity about the Golden Gate Bridge.

9 Curiosity about the Golden Gate Bridge.

It’s a grand presence in California since it first opened after four years of construction in 1937 at a cost of $27 million.
It’s also a working bridge, with about 200 employees working around the clock maintaining the bridge for more than 100,000 cars crossing daily, as well as pedestrians, bikers and people riding the bridge’s ferries and buses.

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1. Why is it called the Golden Gate Bridge?

“The Golden Gate Bridge gets its name because it spans what is called the Golden Gate Strait,” said Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz, spokesman for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, which operates the bridge.
“It’s a three-mile-long and one-mile wide body of water that connects the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay.
“The bridge had been an idea since the mid-19th century but people thought that it was impossible to build. The waters were too rough and too deep.”

2. What color is the bridge?

It’s not red, although you’re not crazy to think so. As the bridge was being erected in the 1930s, the steel brought to construct the bridge had a coat of red lead on it. The husband-and-wife architect team of Irving and Gertrude Morrow liked that color against the landscape. They ended up mixing paint to create the color International Orange, which is similar to the color of red lead, he said.

3. Can I paint my house the same color?

Do you really want to? Copy the paint formula listed on the bridge’s website  it’s free!  and take it to your local paint store. “

4. Does the bridge get entirely painted every year?

Nope, and it doesn’t need to be.
It’s true that the top coat has been fully repainted over time with new and environmentally-improved International Orange top coats. However, there are ares that haven’t been stripped to bare metal and completely repainted.

5. What gets painted?

Every two years, the bridge’s engineers conduct an inspection of every inch of the bridge. This creates a work plan for where it needs to be painted and other maintenance work required to keep the bridge in good working condition. Once a work plan is developed from those inspections, the painters know where they’ll paint next. Then the bridge’s ironworkers will rig up scaffolding to create the job site. They create containment areas for painters to change into and out of their protective gear. The areas also keep contaminants getting outside to the public, which are sometimes traveling just a few feet from the job site.
That’s when the painters start sandblasting the area to be painted to remove all of the old paint. Then they prime the area to a thickness of 10 milliliters, followed by an intermediate coat and two top coats. (It can take months, depending on the size of the area.)

6.How long will the paint last?

Geneerally 25 , 30 years but it depends on which part of the bridge is being painted and how exposed it is to the elements. There are certain parts of the bridge that still have lead paint on them that don’t need to be painted yet.

7. What’s that sound I hear on a foggy day?

It’s the bridge’s unique ring tone, created by four fog horns using 80 pounds of air pressure to blast 165 decibels of sound. With a range of up to six miles, it’s activated when it’s too foggy for ships’ crews to see the bridge.
Of course, it’s a backup: Ships have their own GPS systems, and specially trained local ship’s pilots direct the large container ships through the strait. But no one wants to take a chance with the damage large ships could do to the bridge. The fog can be so thick here you cannot see maybe 15 feet in front of you,” said Aaron Kozlowski, the bridge’s chief operating engineer. “The fog horn stays on during that set pattern until we call it, until an employee here notices and says, ‘Hey, the fog’s cleared.'”
The bridge staff tried to use automated systems to turn on the fog horns, but the salt air damaged the equipment.

8. Who performs bridge rescues?

McVeigh and his fellow ironworkers, the so-called “Cowboys of the Sky,” have that responsibility. McVeigh has lost count of how many troubled souls he’s been called to rescue over the past 17 years.
If people aren’t willing to listen to police officers, they send the ironworkers out to go over the rail and get them. “We’ll set up a high line, tie off, go over the rail, and then we just start walking in slowly to them, and start talking to them ourselves, to try to get them to come back over the rail.”
McVeigh will soon have help.
In September in 2018, the bridge started constructing a suicide deterrent system, also known as the safety net, to keep people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. While it’s designed to catch people who try to jump off, its very existence becomes a deterrent, bridge officials said.
It’s expected to be completed in 2021.

9. Does the bridge really have a poem?

Actually, it has two, both written by Joseph P. Strauss, who submitted preliminary sketches for the Golden Gate Bridge in 1921 and served as chief engineer during construction. He attended the official opening of the bridge to automobile traffic in May 28, 1937 but died the following May of coronary thrombosis in Los Angeles.
Upon the completion of the bridge, he wrote “The Mighty Task is Done” and “The Golden Gate Bridge.”
Read both poems at the Golden Gate Bridge’s website.

The world’s longest non-stop flight takes off from Singapore

The world’s longest commercial flight has left Singapore for New York, beginning a journey scheduled to cover more than 15,000km in almost 19 hours. Singapore Airlines is relaunching the service five years after it was cut because it had become too expensive.

Flight SQ22 departed at 15:37GMT with 150 passengers and 17 crew.

The inaugural flight from Changi Airport to Newark’s international airport, which services New York, took off amid much fanfare. However, Singapore Airlines told passengers before take off that their flight to Newark, while still the world’s longest flight by distance, could only take some 17 hours.

Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said there was demand for customers for non-stop services which help cut travelling times compared with flights which have a stopover.

Ahead of the take-off, the airline told that business class seats for the flight were fully booked, and there were “a very limited number” of premium economy seats left.

The airline is not planning to offer any economy bookings on the route.

A business class ticket will entitle passengers to two meals, and the choice of when they are served, plus refreshments in between. They will also have a bed to sleep in.

Premium economy fares will get three meals at fixed times, with refreshments in between.

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