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Video: This parabolic mirror isn't quite as strong as the enormous mirrors on the world's largest telescope but it can still be used for heating, cooking and casually turning wood black and smokey.
Daniel Rozin is obsessed with making mirrors, but instead of using glass or silver paint, he takes a more unorthodox approach to creating reflections. Using data from a Microsoft Kinect sensor Rozin manipulates everything from animated plush toy penguins, to his latest subject, a wall of fuzzy pom-poms.
This 2.4-metre cube, covered in five mirror-clad faces, was designed by Los Angeles based architect and designer Michael Jantzen as a personal retreat. Presumably it brings new meaning to the idea of personal reflection.
Most of us are content getting back to nature with a good ol' fashioned hiking or camping trip every now and again. But if you're serious about making a life off the grid, and you don't want your pesky habitation to obscure your view of the scenery, then this mirror house, designed by the Polish Architecture firm Reform, might be just the thing for you.
When we want to leave our mark on Mars today, we simply send over a few rovers to roll around in its red soil. But 150 years ago, scientists had very different plans for contacting the planet, including one French inventor who wanted to use the refracted light of the sun to sear a welcoming message into the Martian desert.
The Giant Magellan Telescope is easily the most ambitious terrestrial astronomy program humanity's ever devised. It has — quite literally — been built from the ground up by leveraging a brilliant, unique off-axis design and bleeding-edge fabrication techniques. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the telescope's enormous mirror system.
On the rocky shore of La Grande Motte, a seaside resort in the south of France, a reflective facade is turning the horizon-line into a kaleidoscopic head-trip. Breath Box is an installation composed of hundreds of mirrored panels that move in time with the wind. A word of advice: Don't stare directly into this super shiny wall.
Driving with anything strapped to the roof of your car — be it bikes, a kayak or even a mattress — makes for a stressful road trip. The RoofScope promises to bring you a little more peace of mind with rooftop cargo, providing a constant view of how everything on top of your car is doing without having to leave the driver's seat.
Anyone who's watched Gravity knows debris is always worse in space. Even dust, which can meddle with satellite sensors and cause all kinds of trouble — until now. Thanks to science, lasers are coming to the rescue.
There are plenty of ways to deal with chemical waste, like shipping it across the ocean. Or, you could use plasma gasification — a Back to the Future-style process that "recreates the conditions inside a volcano" to incinerate waste. One byproduct of the process? A glassy synthetic obsidian.