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8:44 am - 02/19/2012

Japan Will Have a Space Elevator by 2050

According to the The Daily Yomiuri, construction company Obayashi Corp has announced it will have built a space elevator capable of shuttling passengers 36,000 kilometers above the Earth by 2050.

The company plans to use carbon nanontubes, which are 20 times stronger than steel, to produce the cables required for the elevator. Those cables will be stretched to a counterweight 96,000 kilometers above our planet, about one-fourth of the distance between the Earth and the moon.

The terminal station, 36,000 kilometers above Earth, will be reached by cars that can carry 30 people and travel at 200 kilometers per hour. An Obayashi official said:

"At this moment, we cannot estimate the cost for the project. However, we'll try to make steady progress so that it won't end just up as simply a dream."


the_free_cat 24th-Feb-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
I usually live in France and rarely have I seen people (only families with lots of children) use a dryer here. The climate is rather dry, so if you hang your clothes in a corner they dry in a day or so.

Also I went to Vancouver BC in summer two years ago, and my friends' had a dryer. It did feel essential since the weather was just so humid. Worse than in Japan tbh, because of the 12°C outside. I caught a cold. ;_;'

Is it true someone stole your underwear? *Never thought that truly happened* O_O;;
coika 24th-Feb-2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was still thinking a lot of Europe hangs theirs outside...

Yes... that's another thing. The impossible humidity here makes it hard to dry completely even if you hang it outside. Japanese have to use shikketori sheets to prevent mold/mildew after they take in and store their clothes. They turn to jelly really fast and kind of a pain to have to keep buying all the time. (This is also because few buildings/homes are built with proper insulation to keep out humidity and the cold. It's really silly!)

I don't think so... at least not anything that I would have noticed. I always hang it inside on a personal lingerie hanger. (I don't really need my neighbors to know what my sexy undies look like lol.) It also helps that I live with a guy so that usually deters deviants from stealing it. Still you can't be too safe! My friend had all her good Victoria's Secret/Peach John lingerie stolen shortly after she moved here and I've had numerous female co-workers talk about stolen undergarments. It's quite common.
the_free_cat 25th-Feb-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Actually I meant in a corner of the house. I believe it is forbidden to hang clothes to dry outside in French cities.

I never knew about the shikketori! That's how you do it! lmao Now I get why I had such a hard time getting my clothes to dry! I even had to wash them several times, because they would just never dry and start stinking. T_T
And I totally feel you on the insulation. I couldn't believe most people had not heard about double glazing before when it's just so cold in the winter! >_<;

I'm not a lady so I probably won't have to worry about that, but the fact of someone stealing someone else's underwear was just unbelievable to me. O_O; *so it does not only happen in retarded mangas "XD*
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