Fri, May 24, 2013
One of the greatest swords ever made - the +ULFBERH+T viking sword was made of the highest quality steel. A quality that was far superior to other steel at the time. The technology / knowledge vanished with the Vikings and was only later rediscovered in modern times - even though the know-how probably came from Iran and was brought to Scandinavia via the Volga River trading route.
The video (Secrets of the Viking sword) is a NOVA / National Geographic documentary from 2012 and shows how a modern day smith (Richard Furrer) recreates the crucible charcoal forge with leather bellows needed to achieve the correct heat and how he later manufactures the sword.
The sword is a copy of a sword on display at the National Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Fri, May 17, 2013
The Fehmarn immersed tunnel will connect Denmark and Germany between Rødbyhavn and Puttgarden. It's approx. 18 km / 11 miles long and will open in 2021. It will become the world's longest combined road/rail immersed tunnel.
The price tag is EURO 5.5 billion. The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link will be owned by Denmark and financed by Danish state-guaranteed loans. It will become a toll road and loans are estimated to be paid back over 40 years.
The Fehmarnbelt is currently serviced by ferries.
Fri, May 17, 2013
The Hang Drum was developed by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer (PANArt Hangbau AG) in Bern, Switzerland. They call it a sound sculpture and it mostly resembles an oil drum but is played with no sticks.
Here played as a duet:
Sat, May 11, 2013
Karen Marie Ørsted (24) aka Mø (old Norse for virgin/maiden). Former punk band duo singer - now solo with 3 songs out (Glass, Pilgrim & Maiden) and rumors of a September 2013 album.
A nice mix of electronica/orchestral/indie/pop/soul stuff...