An animation was released last week showing what a ride on the world’s tallest roller coaster will feel like. The 570-foot roller coaster called “Skyscraper” will be built in Orlando, Florida and will open in 2017. It was designed by Orlando-based architectural firm HHCP and will be built by Eufforia. The “Skyscraper” will be built on top of a new 495,000 square-foot shopping and entertainment complex on Orlando’s International Drive. Once completed, the roller coaster will overtake the 465-foot tall Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey as the world’s tallest roller coaster. Construction is set to begin early next year and take two years to complete.
While Philae's landing attempts are still under progress, a set of 10 high end instruments will significantly contribute to the understanding of the comet's composition, in a way that was never possible before.
London’s Tower Bridge has just joined the Grand Canyon, Willis Tower, and the Eifel Tower by opening a glass walkway 120 feet above the bridge deck. The walkway is the first of two walkways to open over the bridge that will allow visitors to experience vertigo inducing views of the Thames River. The other walkway, over the east side of the bridge, will be opened on December 1.
Earthquake prediction and warning is an evolving technology, which is going to significantly contribute to civil and property protection. The possibility to have an actual early warning earthquake system is now closer to reality, thanks to a collaboration between USGS and a small start up company in the Golden State.
Developers Wright Runstand & Company released drawings yesterday of a new building that will be built in Rainier Square in Seattle, Washington. The 58-story tower will include residential, office, restaurant, and retail space. The developers hope to break ground later next year and complete the tower by 2017. Once completed, the tower will become Seattle’s second tallest skyscraper.
According to the latest projections, the new Bay Bridge eastern span will be completed $35 million over budget. Caltrans is shifting funds from other bride projects from around the state to make up the deficit. The new Bay Bridge eastern span connecting San Francisco and Oakland, California opened in September of last year. Caltrans has been optimistic throughout the duration of the project that the completed bridge would cost less than the $6.4 billion price tag. That figure includes $900 million for cost over runs and contingencies. However, it is estimated that there is still $110 million of unfinished work left to complete the eastern span and Caltrans expects their original estimate of $100 million to tear down the old span to be lower than the actual cost. Taking into account the remaining work that needs to be done as well as cost overruns, Caltrans expects to have a $35 million deficit when the bridge is completed.
The world’s first peak-to-peak suspension bridge opened in Switzerland yesterday. The bridge’s 351-foot span is only 31 inches wide and it is located 9,800 feet above sea level. Anyone brave enough to cross the Peak Walk at Glacier 3000 will take in incredible views of the Swiss Alps including 24 peaks including Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. The ski resort opened this past weekend and the resort’s owners plan to keep the Peak Walk at Glacier 3000 open year round, weather permitting. And the best news of all is it is free for everyone.