In 1899, Scottish American engineer Alexander Graham Bell, the man best known as the inventor of the telephone, began investigating the possibility of powered flight. To wit:
Inspired by the box kites of Australian [aeronautical pioneer] Laurence Hargrave, Bell began to multiply the lift-providing cells, creating compound structures of multiple kites.The basic problem of creating flying objects is that as a body’s surface area is squared, its weight is cubed, limiting the maximum size and lifting capability. Over the course of years experimenting at his Nova Scotia laboratory, Bell discovered that a tetrahedron — a three-dimensional prism of four triangular sides — could be useful.
READ ON: Bell’s Tetrahedral Kites (Mashable)
A huge walk-through installation combining traditional Japanese kite-making and sculpture, giving viewers the rather wonderful impression of being inside a three dimensional painting.
This happened three years ago near the abandoned ski resort of Tikjda near Alger in Algeria. One near-death experience and some screeching. Why kids can’t just stick to tobogganing we’ll never know.