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Odysseus
09-29-2010, 12:40 PM
Hotel Design Channels Sun Into a Powerful Beam, Scorching Swimmers

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
Sept. 28, 2010

Forget sunscreen. At one Las Vegas pool, you might want to consider full-body armor to protect you from the sun's powerful rays.

Guests at the new Vdara hotel have been complaining that because of an architectural flaw on the glass skyscraper, the sun's rays are being magnified and reflected onto an area of the pool, causing severe burns. There have been reports that even plastic has melted from the heat.

Bill Pintas almost lost some hair from his experience with the hot spot.

After a recent swim in the pool just after noon, he went back to his lounge chair.

"I'm sitting there in the chair and all of the sudden my hair and the top of my head are burning," Pintas told ABC News. "I'm rubbing my head and it felt like a chemical burn. I couldn't imagine what it could be." Pintas shifted around and suddenly the back of his legs were burning. He ran to a nearby umbrella but even that didn't provide cover, let alone a shadow.

"It was as bright as outside," said Pintas, a Chicago lawyer who owns a condo at the Vdara.

"I used to live in Miami and I've sat in the sun in Las Vegas 100 times. I know what a hot sun feels like and this was not it," he added. "My first inclination was thinking: Jesus we've destroyed the ozone layer because I am burning."

Then Pintas learned he wasn't the first person to experience the magnified sunlight. At the bar, he explained the intense heat to some employees.

"They're kind of giggling and say: 'Yeah, we know. We call it the death ray,'" Pintas recalled.

They told him it even melts plastic cups. A plastic Vdara bag holding Pintas' newspaper was also burned through by the sun. The black letters bearing the name Vdara had entirely melted away.
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Now that's solar power! :D

linda22003
09-29-2010, 12:52 PM
Ants under a magnifying glass. I thought we already understood how this works.

Odysseus
09-29-2010, 03:03 PM
Ants under a magnifying glass. I thought we already understood how this works.
Apparently not, at least among some architects. OTOH, I'm sure that the pool would be a good source of steam to drive a turbine. :D

m00
09-29-2010, 09:55 PM
Apparently not, at least among some architects. OTOH, I'm sure that the pool would be a good source of steam to drive a turbine. :D

Ugh, could you imagine the chlorine gas from that?

Kay
09-29-2010, 10:55 PM
http://www.condominiumcentral.net/property-images/Vdara%201.jpg


http://www.vegascondoscene.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/33/files/2008/03/vdara-mgm-citycenter.jpg

http://blog.360dgrs.nl/wp-content/uploads/93200726.jpg

It does kinda look like a giant solar panel.

dgtxpride
09-30-2010, 06:20 PM
I guarantee no one saw this one coming! The designers of one of the hotels gave the building a concave side. As a result of the building being covered with glass/highly reflective tint, the building reflects and focuses the suns light into a point. The resulting ray of light is strong enough to burn hair and plastic cups!!! They should put a revolving solar panel in the path of the light...I bet they could power a 10-15 slots with that haha!

http://constructioncitizen.com/blog/designers-hot-vdaral-death-ray-las-vegas/1009282

Articulate_Ape
09-30-2010, 06:50 PM
Just like an accidental Fresnel lens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5loiW3STzU

Gingersnap
09-30-2010, 09:23 PM
Odysseus posted this first in Breaking News but it's not really "breaking news" since they've known about it for months.

I combined the two threads down here because it's more GD. ;)

m00
09-30-2010, 09:26 PM
Just like an accidental Fresnel lens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5loiW3STzU

So that's what caused 9/11...

dgtxpride
09-30-2010, 09:43 PM
Thanks for merging. I didn't notice the first post.

NJCardFan
09-30-2010, 11:17 PM
I noticed it's next to Treasure Island but can't remember what used to be there. Is this the former site of the Frontier?

Kay
09-30-2010, 11:55 PM
Wow that video of the sun melting steel ..... :eek:
I'm surprised someone hasn't sued the hotel yet claiming burns and mental anguish.

obx
10-01-2010, 08:05 AM
Could they please focus it on those idiots at "Party at the Hard Rock Hotel"? I might watch if they did.
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obx
10-01-2010, 08:23 AM
Just like an accidental Fresnel lens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5loiW3STzU

Archimedes used this to destroy the Roman navy during the siege of Syracuse in 212 BC. He had the army polish their bronze shields to a mirror like finish (concave side) and then focus the sun's reflection on the enemy's ships. By the way, this is a clip of a program made by James May. The long haired host of "Top Gear".
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Odysseus
10-01-2010, 10:29 AM
Archimedes used this to destroy the Roman navy during the siege of Syracuse in 212 BC. He had the army polish their bronze shields to a mirror like finish (concave side) and then focus the sun's reflection on the enemy's ships. By the way, this is a clip of a program made by James May. The long haired host of "Top Gear".

Mrs. Odysseus loves that show, and she's gotten me hooked. I'm just bummed that they outed "The Stig."