Monday, 27 June 2016

Testing The Limits On Glass

The Skyslide, a glass slide fixed along the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, is open for business this weekend. Thrill-seekers can pay $25 to slide down 45 feet of bulletproof glass nearly 1,000 feet in the air. How do you clean the windows?
The incredible glass slide that's 70 floors high: Take a look at this glass slide in America which has been built on the side of a skyscraper. The Skyslide was built on the 70th floor of the US Bank Tower and gives riders a pretty incredible view of Los Angeles in America. It's made out of glass which is a thick as a book, and has been built to withstand strong winds and earthquakes. Would you be brave enough to have a go? Take a look at it in action...

Dramatic safety tests for glass-floor bridge in China: Theirs is a task perhaps few would envy. These courageous volunteers are making sure China's latest glass-bottomed bridge is safe to be opened to the public. At least one felt the need to shout "I love you mom" as she brought her sledgehammer crashing down. They were attached to safety harnesses just in case but none of the volunteers managed to smash right through.

Just to underline how much the structure can take a 15-tonne vehicle was driven over the bridge as well. At 300m above ground and 430m long, China's claiming this to be the highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. These safety tests might also be intended to reassure the public after a similar bridge in the same province was closed last year because of a cracked panel.

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