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Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Nov 22)
By Tracy Staedter,
Discovery News, 22 November 2015.

Read about the world's tallest building, the longest bicycle, the most modern tractor and a discovered time capsule that cannot be opened until the year 2957.

1. 3-D Printed Running Shoe


Shoe manufacturer New Balance is stepping onto the 3-D printing platform with a new running shoe that incorporates a 3-D printed midsole that can be customized to each runner. New Balance is making the shoe available for the first time in Boston in April, 2016 - timed to coincide with the Boston Marathon.

2. Worlds Tallest Building


It's difficult to believe that with all of the unrest in Iraq, a company such as AMBS Architects would propose building a skyscraper to rival Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which stands 830-meters high. But here it is: the 1,152-meter-tall Bride's tower. The building is being suggested for Basra, located in the south of Iraq - a rapidly growing centre for business.

3. World's Longest Bicycle


Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg built a bicycle 117 feet long and with it, broke a Guinness World Record. The bike has only two wheels and is operable, but it's not very good at turning corners.

4. Surena III


The Surena III humanoid robot, developed by scientists at the University of Tehran, can walk, balance on one leg, climb stairs, and recognize faces and objects.

5. Copenhagen Bridge


A new pedestrian bridge is going up in Copenhagen to connect two ends of land in the harbour. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Copenhagen Gate will rise 213 feet over the water and house house cafes, restaurants and a public deck as well as elevators designed to move pedestrians and cyclists up to and down from the street. Construction starts in 2016.

6. Zetor Modern Tractor


Czech tractor company Zetor thinks farm equipment should be a stylish as a Ferrari. With the help of Italian design house Pininfarina, Zetor will show off its latest tractor concept at the Agritechnica fair in Hannover, Germany. The red paint, slanted hood, sleek headlights and tinted windows should make any farmer want to trade in his John Deere.

7. Al Bahar Towers


In Abu Dhabi, the Al Bahar Towers are a reminder that going green and reducing CO2 emissions can be a gorgeous undertaking. Stretched panels on the exterior are programmed to open and close once per day to limit direct sunlight from hitting the building. Not only are the panels elegantly designed, but they reduce glare and heat, while improving the reach of daylight. Offices do not have to rely on artificial lighting and as a result, this building is able to reduce CO2 emissions by 1,750 tons per year.

8. Vegas High Roller


Each year, the UK-based Institute of Structural Engineers announces its Structural Awards for buildings, bridges and other feats of engineering. This year, the Vegas High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, won in the category of Arts or Entertainment Structures. At 551 feet tall, this ride also holds the current Guinness World Record for the tallest observation wheel.

9. Time Capsule


In Cambridge, Massachusetts, construction workers excavating land for a new building on the campus of MIT discovered a time capsule buried in 1957. It was buried by then MIT president James R. Killian Jr. and professor of electrical engineering Harold “Doc” Edgerton just five days before the dedication of the new Compton Laboratories. The capsule is not to be opened until 2957.

Find out what's inside the capsule and watch a video here.

10. Space Glider


Former NASA research pilot, Einar Enevoldson, is building an engineless sailplane - think: glider - that can fly to 90,000 feet. To that end, he started the Perlan Project with the goal of developing a plane that could gather atmospheric data for scientists to improve climate models. In 2016, the team will test a plane in the mountainous regions of Argentina, where it will ride the air currents nearly up to the edge of space.

Top image: The Bride Tower, Basra, Iraq. Credit: AMBS Architects via Designboom.

[Source: Discovery News. Edited. Top image and some links added.]