Eric Jacqmain is just a creative guy who wanted a death ray. So, he decided to cover a satellite dish with 5,800 tiny mirrors. This is from his video description:
“When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light is more than enough to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant.”
The end of the description is both ironically hilarious and moderately worrying at the same time:
“Unfortunately, the R5800 was completely destroyed in a storage shed fire on December 14, 2010, about 8 months after filming this video. It has been replaced by the R23k, which has 23,000 mirrors and a concentration power of 10,000 times daylight.”
Hey, if death rays keep him interested in science then I’m all for it.
Recently, the design collective known as Numen for Use created a 3-D cube made entirely of one way mirrors. They also designed the cube to be inflatable, allowing it to expand and contract when air is pushed in or sucked out.
The cube, known as the N-Light Membrane, is visually mind-blowing to say the least. Check out these videos of it being expanded and contracted.
The Salar de Uyuni, located in the southwestern portion of the South American country of Bolivia, are the largest salt flats in the world. When salty prehistoric lakes in the region dried out and transformed, they left behind an extremely flat expanse of salt crust. A thin layer of brine (basically saltwater) covers the surface, making the flats the world’s largest natural mirror.
Check out more pictures below. Click on a thumbnail to view the full size images.