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Artificial Clouds To Cool Qatar World Cup Stadiums

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the synthetic-rain dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "In anticipation of extreme heat during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, scientists and engineers at Qatar University have developed a solar-powered gas-filled cloud that will shade spectators and athletes from the intense sun. The $500,000 artificial clouds can be positioned over any of the stadiums in Qatar and can be maneuvered with a remote control from the ground to keep the passing sun off the field."

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Blimps (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629408)

Congratulations, Qatar, you have reinvented blimps!

Graf Zeppelin would be so proud.

Re:Blimps (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629562)

Didn't the Romans have sunshades over the Coliseum...?

Re:Blimps (4, Funny)

value_added (719364) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629586)

Didn't the Romans have sunshades over the Coliseum...?

They did, and it was called a velarium. The real question is what, aside from inventing the velarium, have the Romans ever done for us?

Re:Blimps (2)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629682)

The real question is what, aside from inventing the velarium, have the Romans ever done for us?

They sparked the imaginations of filmmakers to produce highly romanticized depictions of Roman life while glossing over their incredible feats of engineering.

Re:Blimps (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630190)

The real question is what, aside from inventing the velarium, have the Romans ever done for us?

They sparked the imaginations of filmmakers to produce highly romanticized depictions of Roman life while glossing over their incredible feats of engineering.

highly romanticized depictions of Roman life

romanticized Roman

Re:Blimps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630368)

Didn't the Romans have sunshades over the Coliseum...?

They did, and it was called a velarium. The real question is what, aside from inventing the velarium, have the Romans ever done for us?

omg what an ignorant
if you knew ALL the things that come from the romans

Re:Blimps (2)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630674)

Whoosh [youtube.com]

Re:Blimps (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630724)

Didn't the Romans have sunshades over the Coliseum...?

They did, and it was called a velarium. The real question is what, aside from inventing the velarium, have the Romans ever done for us?

omg what an ignorant
if you knew ALL the things that come from the romans

You are the ignorant. [youtube.com]

Re:Blimps (1)

cynyr (703126) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630624)

roads maintained by the central government, and numerous examples of what not to do in government. They also advanced military tech(not a good thing but hey), aqueducts, bath houses, city planing, foundations for modern building engineering (I believe they were the first ones to solve slender columns, or was that egypt?)

Re:Blimps (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630816)

Besides public health, sanitation, roads, the aquaduct, medicine, and public order, WHAT HAVE THE ROMANS DONE FOR US?

Re:Blimps (4, Funny)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629654)

Congratulations, Qatar, you have reinvented blimps!

Graf Zeppelin would be so proud.

Except that the blimp is "in the cloud" and is using "renewable energy" - making those blimps fashionable.

Re:Blimps (1)

SockPuppet_9_5 (645235) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629930)

Yea, Cloud!

Kitten block (0)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629416)

I can't RTFA. I just get to this page [tomroyal.com] .

Thank goodness for this https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/kitten-block/ [mozilla.org]

Re:Kitten block (2)

jiteo (964572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629550)

Dismissing the message because of the messenger is akin to racism, in which you dismiss the person because of the race. I don't like the Daily Mail any more than you do, but this particular article had no ZOMG FOREIGNERS content, so I didn't mind. Yeah, it squeezed two sentences of information into 10 paragraphs of text, but everything does that nowadays. Also, did you really need to tell all of Slashdot about your super Firefox extension? Don't want to read the Daily Mail? OK, don't read it in private. Bragging about it makes you look like a wanker, not an intellectual. (Man, who peed in my Cheerios this morning? I don't normally post bile like that...)

Re:Kitten block (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629566)

I don't like the Daily Mail any more than you do, but this particular article had no ZOMG FOREIGNERS content, so I didn't mind.

They can only cry wolf so many times before they well and truly deserve to be ignored.

Re:Kitten block (1)

jiteo (964572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629626)

I am Canadian, so maybe I just haven't been exposed enough to the Daily Mail to start properly hating it...

Re:Kitten block (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629672)

I am Canadian...

Is it terminal [youtube.com] ?

Re:Kitten block (0)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629698)

Dismissing the message because of the messenger is akin to racism, in which you dismiss the person because of the race. I don't like the Daily Mail any more than you do, but this particular article had no ZOMG FOREIGNERS content, so I didn't mind. Yeah, it squeezed two sentences of information into 10 paragraphs of text, but everything does that nowadays. Also, did you really need to tell all of Slashdot about your super Firefox extension? Don't want to read the Daily Mail? OK, don't read it in private. Bragging about it makes you look like a wanker, not an intellectual. (Man, who peed in my Cheerios this morning? I don't normally post bile like that...)

So you browse slashdot at -2? Filtering people because they are marked troll is akin to racism...

Of course "discrimination" used to be a good thing... Discriminating taste... Now everyone is a racist just for disagreeing with someone who has a different kind of tan.

The New Golden Age (3, Insightful)

NotAGoodNickname (1925512) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629424)

It is nice that the world is so wealthy we can spend billions of dollars of extra money watching grown men kicking balls into nets. We truly have entered the Golden Age.

Re:The New Golden Age (3, Funny)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629448)

Re:The New Golden Age (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629822)

OMG! That is EXACTLY how I feel about sports fandom!! Gotta bookmark that one.

Re:The New Golden Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629528)

Right, just like medieval europeans were living in the golden age because they could afford to watch cockfights... way to miss the point, dude.

Re:The New Golden Age (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629602)

Would you rather have the world's wealthy spending billions of extra money on watching poor men kicking each other in the balls and killing each other.

That was considered a golden age too.

at least the majority of today's sports isn't physical slaughter.

Re:The New Golden Age (2)

NotAGoodNickname (1925512) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629772)

No I'd rather have them spending billions on neither of the two options. Are you saying there are only two options to spend billions of dollars on?

Re:The New Golden Age (0)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629950)

It isn't your choice , it is theirs and humans are a very selfish group by design.

Why worry about the future, when your not going to be around for it?

Re:The New Golden Age (2)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630248)

It isn't your choice , it is theirs and humans are a very selfish group by design.

Why worry about the future, when your not going to be around for it?

And this line of thinking got us to where we are today. Companies breed executives to be intentionally short-sighed, not even looking past the next quarter, much less the next decade or generation.

Re:The New Golden Age (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629728)

It is nice that the world is so wealthy we can spend billions of dollars of extra money watching grown men kicking balls into nets. We truly have entered the Golden Age.

When they spend the money, it often trickles down to others that actually need it quite a bit. Look around a football game next time and count how many menial jobs they have in the stadium. Better that they just save it to keep it out of the hands of the grubby poor.

Re:The New Golden Age (2)

NotAGoodNickname (1925512) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629792)

Riiiight. Thats just bullshit. The owners get huge taxpayer breaks and often taxpayer funded stadiums to conduct their businesses in. The fact that 1000 people might get a $10/hr job doesn't compensate for the billions wasted on children's games.

Re:The New Golden Age (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629886)

Building stadiums for thousands to watch "children's games" has been ingrained into the human psyche for thousands of years. I'm sorry to say that this will not change no matter how much sanctimonious crap spews out of your self righteous pie hole. I'm sure this money would be better spent on the human condition so that we can accelerate the runaway population growth that is going to bury this planet anyway. Or were you thinking more along smaller scales of things like the Holiday Food Drive, which has the unintended consequence of providing only short-term relief for the hungry, but whose main objective is to boost the donor's feeling of moral standing at a very minimal expense and effort to them?

Re:The New Golden Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629818)

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/21/opinion/21krugman.html

hmm I wonder if trickle down economics is the riches way to explain why paying lower taxes is good for them, ahem I mean "us".

Football is a bad example to Third World kids (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629962)

When they spend the money, it often trickles down to others that actually need it quite a bit.

On the contrary, football creates a trickle up economy. Where do the million$ spent in all those contracts come from?

But that's not the worse part of it. Most of the best players today come from poor countries in Africa or Latin America. When kids see those stars on TV and hear about the millions they make it looks like a great career choice.

After wasting their childhood playing hooky in the backyard soccer field, they learn that only a player in a million gets millionaire contracts, and the others are left semi-illiterate with no marketable skills.

Too bad Discovery and NatGeo aren't available in free-to-air TV, while football games are. The kids who would profit most from those channels don't have cable at home.

Re:The New Golden Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630574)

Said the guy posting on Slashdot rather than out fixing the planet. Because obviously their way of wasting time is inferior to your own. Way to go, Mr. Hypocrite.

What about drones? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629430)

Wouldn't some drones/balloons carrying something opaque be easier to handle?

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629434)

...what can possibly go wrong with THIS plan?

it fails and crashs like part of what black sunday (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629686)

it fails and crashes like part of what happen it black Sunday.

any ways nice way to copy mr burns sun blocker idea.

Re:well... (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629736)

"Oh the humanit... Oh wait... There is actually nobody on the thing. Never mind. Back to you, James."

Hopefully... (2)

LaminatorX (410794) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629440)

...the Emir will keep up his payments to the Spacing Guild for weather control.

covered stadium but not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629442)

just shows that you can solve anything with enough creativity and enough money

Re:covered stadium but not (1)

cynyr (703126) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630736)

I'd argue that this is money... a simple pull over shade, with a gap and a bit of though to making it work like a chimney, would have been far cheaper...

Athletes? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629446)

Since when were footballers Athletes and not over paid coked up losers who shepherd a ball of leather in to an outdoor cupboard?

SF writers never saw this coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629450)

Like so many striking innovations, science fiction writers did not predict this (AFAIK, of course - I can't read everything!)

It's always been amusing and interesting to see which of their many ideas about possible futures really materialize, and which don't. Some of the great authors of the 1950s and 1960s described scenarios in the distant future (2500 CE, etc.) where gentlemen still wore ties and hats, and computers weighed tons so that they could not be fitted into aircraft or space ships. Heinlein and Arthur C Clarke (among others) foresaw the mobile phone by the 1940s, but never considered the ways in which it might be exploited commercially.

Re:SF writers never saw this coming (1)

spiffydudex (1458363) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629820)

It's getting close to what a SF.writer would call a weather machine.

Pictures? (1)

gabebear (251933) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629452)

Looked around for somekind of idea of what this thing would look like or how it would work.
  • Bit and flat with four propellers
  • Filled with Helium and a bunch of solar panels

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/9435035.stm [bbc.co.uk]
http://froyonation.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/qatar-invents-artificial-flying-clouds-to-block-sun-over-stadiums/ [wordpress.com]

As usual, SF predicted this... (1)

cvtan (752695) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629460)

Isn't this something out of modern SciFi? Ringworld maybe?

It's a blimp (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629472)

USA has had blimps flying over their stadiums for years.

Re:It's a blimp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629638)

But not built to the scale where they would shadow the stadium like a roof.

Just use a dome instead? (2)

KBentley57 (2017780) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629508)

I know it would be a question of retrofitting a stadium if not already equipped, but wouldn't a dome be much more flexible in its use? What if there is a strong wind, or rain? wouldn't that make the balloons unstable, whereas a dome would still work perfectly? With a dome, you could even have a massive HVAC unit to cool it down somewhat.

Re:Just use a dome instead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629544)

Fry: This snow is beautiful. I'm glad global warming never happened.
Leela: Actually, it did. But thank God nuclear winter cancelled it out.

Much better than domes, artificial clouds or lawn eating goats.

Re:Just use a dome instead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629926)

Domes aren't cool anymore, everything is about "the cloud" nowadays.

Re:Just use a dome instead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630004)

Domes usually means artificial grass. FIFA competitions can't usually be hosted on artificial grass, with a few exceptions (Canada sub21 competition had a few artificial grass arenas).

FIFA rules don't allow it (0)

fantomas (94850) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630234)

FIFA (the organisation that decides the rules for football's world cup) doesn't let world cup final games to be played in covered stadia. Might be something to do with not allowing games to be played on artificial surfaces (so you need sunlight etc), can't remember.

Let's hope by then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629514)

That Qatar no longer exists.. and is replaced by something more... French.. or better yet hand it over to Belgium, so they don't feel left out, when's the last time they had a colony of their own?

Re:Let's hope by then (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629770)

I just hope that by they we agree on how to pronounce it. Key-Tar? Kay-Tar? Ki-tar? Cutter?

Re:Let's hope by then (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629888)

better yet hand it over to Belgium, so they don't feel left out, when's the last time they had a colony of their own?

Well, there was the Belgian Congo. Lovely little place. The king of Belgium persuaded Europe that he should have personal control over it, and ran it as his own personal plantation for his own enrichment. If you couldnt fill your quota of rubber, you could bring in severed hands instead. Eventually people stopped trying to harvest rubber and just focused on hands. Best estimates are that roughly 20-50% of the population died during the king's control. Eventually Belgium had to force the king to cede control to the government of Belgium. So, yeah, I think that was one of the last times Belgium had a colony.

yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629520)

Wow, they're building large blimps. That's exciting.

amazing (0)

LeraCupidonova (2027350) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629570)

its amazing how far people has come.... its shocking sometimes

Re:amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629618)

Why? How far can you come?

Go away spammer...

a solution to global warming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629584)

one million solar-powered Qatar clouds continuously deployed over landmasses

did they ever hear of the roof? (3, Insightful)

Punto (100573) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629614)

did China start a new trend of coming up with complicated schemes to avoid building roofs on buildings?

Re:did they ever hear of the roof? (1)

amightywind (691887) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629644)

The Chinese do a very good job of covering their stadiums with clouds, of pollution.

Re:did they ever hear of the roof? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629662)

Grass needs sunlight.

Re:did they ever hear of the roof? (1)

cynyr (703126) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630760)

so whats wrong with a retractable roof? open 98% of the time to let the grass grow(watered by sprinklers of course) then pulled into place for the events...

Re:did they ever hear of the roof? (5, Insightful)

DaveGod (703167) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629832)

$500k is probably a lot cheaper than adding a retractable roof, especially when it may be saleable after, or shared during the event.

Roofs also impact on the sport. For example in some sports (e.g. rugby) it may be desirable to retain the variable introduced by wind (I daresay most fans do not like a kicking game). Then there's the atmosphere: obviously a roof has a considerable effect on the acoustics. Not to forget grass needs sunlight, tens of thousands of supporters in an enclosed space are going to generate some heat of their own... I think it's fair to say roofs are considered to be a significant compromise in favour of the reliability from reducing weather effects.

I could well be totally wrong on this but I was under the impression certain sports - or rather certain sporting events - require an open roof, or allow retractable roofs to be closed only under certain conditions and when approved by an official of the governing body.

Re:did they ever hear of the roof? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630834)

Not to forget grass needs sunlight

There's another solution for that in use in various stadiums around the world - they just roll out the lawn on rails. This also allows for multiple complete lawns to be available so that the stadium can be used more frequently and still have high quality lawn available.

Re:did they ever hear of the roof? (1)

SpzToid (869795) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629990)

In Jeddah at the airport, where the Haddjis land and depart during their pilgrimage to Meccah, Saudi Arabia has erected large shade structures that seems relatively efficient and effective, all things considered. And they've already proven themselves for a loooong time already.

http://archnet.org/library/images/thumbnails.jsp?location_id=1685 [archnet.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Abdulaziz_International_Airport [wikipedia.org]

They might also play at night for a slightly reduced temperature?

Re:did they ever hear of the roof? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630516)

Yeah, let's fully enclose the giant metal stadiums in the 50C heat with the sun shining on them. Because all good ideas involve putting 50,000 people in an oven...

tag: cloud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629616)

nt

obligatory (1)

rust627 (1072296) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629622)

I for one welcome our solar powered robotic cloud overlords ..........

Cool cloud computing (1)

witherstaff (713820) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629632)

Quite the cloud computing infrastructure

Re:Cool cloud computing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630376)

I've been wondering what the fuck that buzzword meant, now it makes sense.

Sounds awesome (1)

Veggiesama (1203068) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629634)

What could possibly go wrong?

Re:Sounds awesome (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630744)

Wind - That's what.

Everything's "cloud" these days... (1)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629656)

From mainframe to client-server to "cloud". From hat to roof to cloud too, it seems.

Cloud Computing (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629684)

Would the Cloud be controlled from a cloud computer?

Easier solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629702)

An easier solution would be not to hold the famous sporting event in such an unsuitable country in the first place, although that would mean less bribe money for FIFA delegates.

Re:Easier solution (1)

captain_sweatpants (1997280) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629898)

+1 insightful

Cost and environmental concerns? (1)

rs1n (1867908) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629726)

What is the effect of such a cloud should something go wrong? I cannot help but wonder if perhaps it would be safer and more cost effective if they were to just put a roof over the stadium (could they not do it for half a million dollars)?

Re:Cost and environmental concerns? (2)

thewils (463314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629814)

Or they could simply play at night. When it is cooler.

Re:Cost and environmental concerns? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629892)

It doesn't actually get much cooler at night. Daytime can be 50 degrees and early morning before sun up it may have gone down to 40 degrees.

BTW, I live in the region.

Re:Cost and environmental concerns? (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630044)

I know it's not that much cooler...but there would be no need for a half-million dollar sun shade. Although I don't live there I did spend some time in Baghdad back in the 80s so I do know how hot the place can get.

Re:Cost and environmental concerns? (1)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630084)

That's nuts. I have great respect for the toughness of people living in that region ... I would die. :P Frankly I can barely stand it when it 'only' falls down to 20 degrees here after a 40 degree day: very difficult to sleep. Though I'm guessing everyone just hangs out in AC there (whereas I don't have AC, unfortunately).

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629774)

What a waste of money.

Cloud computing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35629870)

iCloud or Ms Cloud OS ?

Joe Btfsplk (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#35629896)

.... is going to sue for an IP violation.

Re:Joe Btfsplk (1)

JaneTheIgnorantSlut (1265300) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630334)

Shade should be OK. Joe's patent covers clouds with rain and lightning.

Maybe somewhere else? (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630026)

I wonder what kind of perks/bribes FIFA got to place the Cup in a dessert. How about Death Valley next time?

Advertising (1)

khr (708262) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630030)

the 'clouds' are made from a lightweight carbon structure carrying a giant envelope of material containing helium gas

Looking into my crystal ball I can see this. I can also see an opportunity for them to use rows of lights on it for advertising... Wait, wait, I see, automotive, yes, tire companies doing this... (or there it'd probably be tyre companies...)

Reminds me of something... (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630076)

Artificial clouds, and next, the machines take over the plant... I see a pattern.

in related news (1)

purpleraison (1042004) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630106)

..in related news: giant remote control, artificial gas-filled cloud explodes - destroys stadium in Qatar...

500,000? ell then (1)

gearloos (816828) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630124)

$500,000 ? Well then in 2022 they should be about $1.99 and available from the vendors along with the game program on the way in.

Free Download (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630180)

http://www.soft.hubb.co

Since the dawn of time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630230)

Use this instead:

http://s1.sidereel.com/episodes/17521/featured/55579.jpg

Fill them with hydrogen! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630290)

It's cheaper and what could possibly go wrong?

The humanity!

as the folks outside the stadium turn to bacon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630304)

just kidding. tehy might be getting tear gassed though, shot at, detained etc... it (fake cloud) would definitely be an improvement on the fake weather systems being foistered on US now. it was mentioned last weak in ten or 12 posts here on slashdot, but did not rate a stuff that matters storIE at that time?

the creators have the 'weather problem' well included in the planet/population rescue initiative/mandate.

as for the fake everything (math, science history religion etc..) death based systems we're using? it's not working for any but a handful of the whole worlds's population, while killing the rest of us. continue to pretend if you must feel safe without being so.

Rain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35630628)

Great, how far away are they from making the cloud rain?

What's in a name? (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630676)

You say tomatoe, I say tomato... you say cloud, I say dirigible. It's a bag full o' floaty gas with some props attached; I think the dictionary already has a good enough word for that, but you go ahead and spin "cloud" for all it's worth.

Winter (1)

hashp (68887) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630740)

Why don't they just play in winter? We have such nice winter weather in this region!

The player shoots, but is intercepted by a rocket (1)

WonderingAround (2007742) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630860)

The stadium's not going to exist in 2022, that whole part of the world's blowing itself of the face of the earth right now. Qatar is right in the Persian gulf, my family's in gold trading which is big in that area and it's only gotten worse and worse, Gaddafi is crazy but he's not rolling over like Saddam. He's sitting on the biggest oil reserve in Africa and he knows it, I'd be interested to know where he's still getting weapon's and money from since he's been cut off from a lot of his funds and the UN refuses to even supply the rebels fighting Gaddafi. Yemen isn't far and and their president who's been in power for 17 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has repeatedly backed Iran and is letting rebels and freedom fighters run wild, he's also done nothing to stem the flow of arm's trades through and around the area and is facing an uprising of his own. Iraq has never been the same since the US starting in but the US has spread themselves thin with another sustained war in Afghanistan against a religiously driven foreign enemy using their homeland advantage. Obama's administration promised an end to things in Iraq but is now involved in 3 wars, spreading things a little thin much? Abdurahman Mohammed Farole, President of Puntland, an autonomous state inside of Somalia is right in the horn of Africa is worried about the uprising in Yemen affecting the Somalian people as they have already seen 100 refugees come from there in the last week. Dubai has used this technology in the summer months to create fake rainstorms in summer of 2010, but as a bankrupt international hub for big business could it become a ghost town as the more no fly zones are implemented and a recent ban on blackberrys, perhaps smartphones in general. F1 has looked at creating fake rain for when they race in Abu Dhabi, UAE, being the trend in the area this could be implemented fairly easily but with the area affected by No fly zones already. May 1st marks 8 years since George Bush's invasion, taking that as a vague reference point 2022 is 11 years ahead, will this kind of extravagant sporting event even be possible or even heard of in this part of the world by then?

Inflation is a GOOD thing.. (1)

greywire (78262) | more than 3 years ago | (#35630862)

Am I the only one who's first thought was: could you actually make some kind of solar power generating device using a huge inflatable structure, maybe taking advantage of internal convection or something? That way you are creating shade at the same time you are generating power..

I think inflatable technology is the future..

* Space habitats (http://www.bigelowaerospace.com/)
* Cars (http://www.myxpcar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=14)
* Telecommunications (http://www.space.com/8973-1st-communication-satellite-giant-space-balloon-50-years.html)

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