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Roman Racetrack [Infographic]
The top 40 floors – grow ever smaller towards the top – these will be occupied by the tower’s service centres.
The final number of floors was estimated during contruction to be 195 but it ended up with 162. In case you were wondering “Burj” is Arabic for “Tower”.
The building was designed by Skimore, Owings, & Merrill it was estimated to cost cost a massive $800,000,000.00, but the developer of the newly opened tower said it cost about 1.5 billion dollars to build the tapering metal-and-glass spire billed as a “vertical city” of luxury apartments and offices.
It boasts four swimming pools, a private library and a hotel designed by Giorgio Armani.and replaces a plan to reuse the design for Grollo Tower, which was proposed in Melbourne a few years earlier.
The site of the tower was on a man-made lake which is designed to wrap around the tower and to provide dramatic views of it.
Infoporn: The Cost of Living on the Bleeding Edge of Technology
Historically, Americans have taken their time getting comfortable with new technology before forking over serious cash for it. When color TVs came out in the 1950s, consumers were entranced. But it took another 20 years for half of US households to ditch their B&W sets; two decades later, DVD players hit that benchmark in just six years. If you think those flatscreen HDTVs are pricey, consider this: They cost about the same, adjusted for inflation, as the first color TVs. Here’s a look back at what we’ve paid for gadget lust.
The World’s Resources by Country
A country’s economic worth can be measured in more ways than just its GDP and national debt. It is also important to consider the economic potential that lies in the harvesting of the natural resources within its borders. This map shows the top producing countries of each resource, or the proved reserves in the case of oil and natural gas. Each circle represents the percentage of the world’s total that the country produced in the last two years. Though some of the resources are renewable and some are not, it is interesting to see which parts of the world are rich in resources that are essential to our way of life, and to consider what this map might look like 10 or 100 years from now.