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It really is tubes!

The Telectroscope
Hardly anyone knows that a secret tunnel runs deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. In May 2008, more than a century after it was begun, the tunnel will finally be completed. Immediately afterwards, an extraordinary optical device called a Telectroscope will be installed at both ends which will miraculously allow people to see right through the Earth from London to New York and vice versa.

One end of the tunnel emerges next to Tower Bridge on the banks of the Thames in London - the other is next to Brooklyn Bridge on the banks of New York's East River.

It looks like something HG Wells might have imagined.

Each end has a giant telescope-like construction which appears to punch its way out of the earth.

There are dials, and levers, and thermometer gauges on the side of the 20m long brass and wood construction.

Peer into it and you can see people on the other side of the Atlantic.

Wave at them, they wave back at you.

Write on the whiteboard, and ask a question, and they will write back.

"...and for a moment, two groups of strangers, in two cities thousands of miles apart, jump up and down and smile at one another."

Date: 2008-05-23 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2008-05-23 03:14 pm (UTC)
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It kinda made me misty-eyed that people get so excited about this, when they could essentially do the same thing by going home to their KOM-POO-TORES...
but I think it illustrates interpersonality well, y'know?

Date: 2008-05-23 01:38 pm (UTC)
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That is just too bizarre.

Honestly, I didn't think it was real until I saw the BBC news link.

Date: 2008-05-23 01:50 pm (UTC)
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You find the best weird shit.

Date: 2008-05-23 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2008-05-23 02:27 pm (UTC)
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WoW. that is pretty neat.

Date: 2008-05-23 03:09 pm (UTC)
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I had heard about this, but I was not sure that it was real.


Now to run some fibers in there, and a really long tin-can-string-phone.

Date: 2008-05-23 03:46 pm (UTC)
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get the f*ck out! awesome.

Date: 2008-05-23 04:08 pm (UTC)
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Crap. I was right by there this morning, when I flew out from LaGuardia. Bleh.

Date: 2008-05-24 01:16 am (UTC)
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By installing binary coders/decoders on each end, we could get /mad/ bandwidth.

Date: 2008-06-03 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Small world - I just walked past that a week ago. It's pretty awesome looking up close. Right next to the HMS Belfast and near the Tower Bridge. We sipped our $12 lattes and checked it out.

It was much rainier than your pictures show, however.


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