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Huge tourist attraction abandoned by Fife Council

A pipe dream of turning a former open- cast coal site in Kelty, Scotland, into an iconic landscaped art project headed up by Charles Jencks, has been scrapped. Te multi-million pound scheme, the

‘Fife Earth Project’, would have seen the former mining site transformed into a major tourist attraction explaining Scottish history and diaspora. Four different land- scaped mounds across the 665 acre park would have been used to represent the continents that Scotland had influenced. Te attraction would also have featured

approximately six miles of walkways, a large open body of water acting as a Scotland shaped loch, and would have been a major tourism driver for the area. Details:

Paramount resort team hits IAAPA

London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) – the company behind the pro- posed £2bn entertainment resort in the south east of England – is hoping to drive the project for- ward aſter its debut at the recently-held 2014 IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida. Te resort – scheduled to

open in 2020 and currently moving through the plan- ning process having been classified as a project of national significance by the government – will feature a theme park, waterpark, sports facilities, an entertainment street, staff training academy and 5,000 hotel rooms. Speaking

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Te Paramount Park is expected to feature plenty of themed attractions to Lei sure

Opportunities, LRCH director Fenlon Dunphy said the company delegation - also compris- ing director David Testa and IP expert Teri Ruffley - would use its week at IAAPA to have a small number of meetings with potential sup- pliers, exchange ideas and continue to build momentum behind the fast moving project. Dunphy added that the week would provide

Te museum is embracing a range of technologies

British Museum releases first ‘downloadable collection’

Te British Museum is allowing people with 3D printers to bring its artefacts to life using an online platform to print them at home. Working in collaboration with online

3D model hoster Sketchfab, the museum has released 14 pieces of its collection available for anyone with the capability to download and print them off anywhere in the world. Te museum’s first download- able collection features models of busts, statues and sarcophagi, including a first century bust of Zeus, a marble head of Julius Caesar and the head of Egyptian pharaoh Amenemhat III from 1800 BC. Te British Museum has recently been

looking at ways to expand towards new technological horizons, with another endeavour aimed at rebuilding the entire museum inside the videogame Minecraft. Prior to that, the institution started a Wikipedia-esque crowd-sourc- ing project to transcribe a handwritten catalogue dating back to the 18th century. Details:


the ideal opportunity to showcase the proj- ect to the rest of the attractions industry and provide an overview of its progression. “We have received nationally significant

status from the government and are press- ing ahead with our planning application for the project, to be submitted in autumn of next year,” he said. “We’ve also progressed discussions with prospective commercial partners, in addition to Paramount Pictures.” Details:

3D animal scans bring new opportunities

With scanning technology becoming ever easier and more comprehensive, the potential for 3D-scanned interactive models of live animals in zoos and aquari- ums is wide open, according to research firm Swedish ICT. Swedish ICT has previ-

ously worked with the British Museum for a major exhibi- tion on mummies, which saw mummified remains dating back more than 4,000 years scanned to reveal previously unknown secrets. Te exhi- bition then used that data on installations featuring state of the art 3D x-ray CT scans, captured by the museum’s science imaging team combined with expert 3D technology to create virtual specimens that can be explored interactively using zoom, pan, rotate and peel functions on an interactive touch screen. While scanning on live animals has been

done for medical purposes, nothing has ever been released for public appreciation and with the move of CT scanning technology

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Swedish ICT recently collaborated with Kolmården Zoo in Sweden

from analogue to digital, capabilities for safely scanning live subjects in more detail is at a much more advanced level, according to David Hughes, manager of solutions at Swedish ICT. “Te technology is moving on quite rap-

idly, certainly in regards to reducing radiation dosages that allow you to get better images,” said Hughes. “If you reduce the signal to noise ratio, you can use lower dosages because you don’t have to turn the signal up.” Details:

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