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The Astounding Engineering Behind the World's Largest Optical Telescope — Planned to be fully operable in 2025 in Chile, the Giant Magellan Telescope will have seven giant mirrors up to 17 tons and 27.5 feet in diameter with nanometer level precision for clear images.



Researchers at USC are working with pro surfer Kelly Slater to drag a giant hydrofoil down an artificial lake to create the perfect wave and how Innovation in the surfboard blank manufacturing industry was forced to take off after essentially the only supplier of foam suddenly disappeared.

A 99% Invisible video and podcast, Biomimicry: How Designers Are Learning from the Natural World, specifically a case-study of how bird beaks helped inform the profile of Japan’s bullet train.




Google is using cars outfitted with air quality sensors to create detailed city pollution maps and sheep outfitted with cameras on more remote islands..


Multi-media maps of NYC, from tree species to taxi routes. 


Cinemaps — A really cool book with detailed illustrations mapping out the paths of major characters throughout various movies.


Related, a video showing the behind the scenes work that goes into building and shooting the crazy miniatures using in Blade Runner 2049 and a more longform article on Designing the Technology.

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