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  1. #1 Vegas Hotel Pool 'Death Ray' Burns Tourists 
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    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
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    Ants under a magnifying glass. I thought we already understood how this works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    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?
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    It does kinda look like a giant solar panel.
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  6. #6 Las Vegas Hotel Accidentally Builds Death Ray 
    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/...-vegas/1009282
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    Just like an accidental Fresnel lens.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5loiW3STzU
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    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. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
    Just like an accidental Fresnel lens.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5loiW3STzU
    So that's what caused 9/11...
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    Thanks for merging. I didn't notice the first post.
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