Japan’s water fountains are in touch with technology. Have a look at this incredible display of patterns as the succeed in Osaka City Station. You have to admit this is an original why to find out what time it is. Aside from showcasing a collapsing digital clock, this Osaka water fountain displays plenty of other patterns (some of them quite artistic), made up of a variety of shapes. The result is spectacular, the type of performance that can get you stuck in front of it for several minutes in a row, without realizing it. The ingenious system is based on a printer that emits illuminated water droplets and that is controlled digitally. The patterns are said to reproduce images stored on a computer. Enjoy the video below and tell if you’re impressed!
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Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), shown here with his teacher Plato (left), was a famous Greek philosopher and scientist whose writings covered a myriad of subjects, from physics to ethics. He was one of the founding figures of Western philosophy and also taught Alexander the Great.
Thought by some to be one of the greatest painters of all time, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian artist, engineer and scientist. In addition to creating famous works of art like «The Last Supper» and «Mona Lisa,» he also contributed to the fields of anatomy, optics and civil engineering.
English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616) wrote about 38 famous plays, as well as many sonnets and poems. Some believe him to have been the greatest writer in the English language, but he didn’t gain most of his notoriety until the 19th century, years after his death.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician and astronomer. Sometimes called the father of modern science, Galileo was best known for his contributions to astronomy. In 1632, he was placed on house arrest for the rest of his life, in part for refusing to abandon his support of heliocentrism, the theory stating that the sun is the center of the universe.
Another famed philosopher, physicist and contributor to the Scientific Revolution, Frenchman Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is known as the founder of modern philosophy. He has also been called the father of modern mathematics, and he invented the Cartesian coordinate system, which helped form the basis of modern geometry.
Thought to be one of the greatest scientific intellects of all time, Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was an English physicist and mathematician. According to legend, he began contemplating his theories on gravity after seeing an apple fall in his orchard. He was also known for his studies of astronomy, planetary motion, optics and chemistry.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was a German philosopher, scientist, mathematician and logician. Leibniz invented the binary number system, which is used today as the foundation of basically all digital computers. He was also known for developing infinitesimal calculus and a widely used mathematical notation system.
A famous German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), shown here skating in Frankfurt, was known for having a very high IQ. This poet, dramatist and scientist created a wide variety of written works, and his drama «Faust» is thought to be one of the greatest works of literature in the world.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) began composing music at the age of 5 and continued for the rest of his life, creating beloved works such as «The Magic Flute» and the unfinished «Requiem.» One of the most prolific classical composers, Mozart created more than 600 pieces of music.
Anne-Louise Germaine Necker de Stael (1766-1817), known as Madame de Stael, was a brilliant French-Swiss woman of letters. Her salon was a well-known center for politicians and intellectuals, and her best-known written works include the novels «Delphine,» «Corinne» and «De L’Allemagne.»
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist famous for his theories of evolution and natural selection. His interests in science and biology developed at a very early age, and he is perhaps best known for his book «On the Origin of the Species,» which was published in 1859.
American inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931) is probably best remembered for his invention of the light bulb, but he also developed the phonograph, the motion picture camera and more than 1,000 other patented inventions. Sometimes known as «The Wizard of Menlo Park,» Edison was one of the first to use mass productions to develop his creations.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), shown with his wife Elsa in 1931, is known as one of the greatest intellects of all time. The creator of several theories of relativity, Einstein was a physicist and philosopher whose discoveries led to his receiving the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921.
Dr. Stephen Hawking (1942-), shown here at NASA’s 2008 50th anniversary, is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author who has not let his nearly complete paralysis from a rare case of ALS stand in the way of his major contributions to science. His most famous work, «A Brief History of Time,» was followed by several other highly regarded scientific writings.
Bobby Fischer (1943-2008) was a controversial American chess champion and prodigy. From the age of 14, Fischer won many U.S. Chess Championships. In 1971, he became the first-rated player of the official World Chess Federation, a title he held for 54 months. After making many anti-Semitic and anti-American statements late in his life, he lived out the end of his days in Iceland.
Bill Gates (1955-), who is one of the most well-known personal computer entrepreneurs in the world, co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1976. Still a non-executive chairman with the company, he now spends much of his time on philanthropic pursuits through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Carlon Meira is an artist whose soft sculpting skills have been appreciated the world over. Paper sculpting is a fragile art that exhibits joys and splendor of festivities of Brazil. His designs are inspired by Brazilian soccer players and carnival festivals. The sculptures are so rich in volume and flawless that at first glimpse they appear to be three dimensional. The characters are inspired from real life but look three dimensional owing to the precision that Carlos puts into every crease and fold of paper.
His enormous talent finds home in the colorful themes he conceives and executes on paper. His art has found several admirers in some of the biggest advertising brands and high profile corporations. As he goes on with his unmatched skills, he is bound to find more and more fans.
Nicholls celebrates his love of animals by carving out intricate, and simply amazing paper sculptures that capture the beauty of nature and the wild. They feature pandas chewing calmly on bamboo stalk, badgers busily building their river homes, and iguanas catching prey with their elastic tongues.
Icehotel – Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Icehotel located in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden is the original ice hotel. The igloo was originally built as the home for a local art exhibit, but was later suddenly used by a group of travelers in search of overnight accommodations. They loved the unique experience and the concept of the ice hotel was formed.
Temperatures inside the ice hotel are always between 17 and 23 degrees to avoid melting. All pieces of furniture, including the beds, couches, and bar are made of ice. They’re covered with fur, skins, and sleeping bags for warmth and comfort. For those that are concerned, the bathrooms are located in a separate building with heat.
The hotel has to be rebuilt every year. Artists, architects, and architecture students all contribute to the planning and building; the concept and design is different every year.
Ice Hotel Glace – Quebec, Canada
Ice Hotel Glace is located in Quebec, was built in 2000 and was inspired by the original Icehotel. This particular ice hotel is considered to be fancier than the hotel in Sweden and offers 34 rooms. The hotel is designed with a new feature every year and is usually open from mid-November until sometime in March, which warmer weather will begin to melt it away.
Ice Palace – Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
The Ice Palace in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska is the only ice hotel in the United States. Even the glasses you drink from are made of ice in this hotel. Visitors from all over are welcome to visit the hotel bar, regardless of whether or not they will be spending the night. Those who choose to stay are given a parka, snow pants, and boots before being shown to their rooms and regular hotel rooms are reserved for those who don’t find their bed of ice as comfortable as they imagined.
The Chena Hot Springs Ice Palace is well known for its display of ice sculptures. The design of the hotel is relatively static, but the ice sculptures change every year.
Alta Igloo Hotel – Alta, Norway
Alta Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway is described as a rustic hotel. These rooms are designed for those looking to sleep in an igloo and are perfect for just that if you don’t mind a small room and a low ceiling. The hotel maintains a separate, heated building where you can store your luggage, shower, and change comfortably. The hotel is designed with a different theme in mind each and every year.