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Daily digest: Blue Abyss unveils the world’s deepest pool, 3D scanning with drones, and more

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Daily digest: Blue Abyss unveils the world’s deepest pool, 3D scanning with drones, and more

The proposed pool complex will house a diving shaft 164 feet deep. (Courtesy Blue Abyss)

Welcome back to the top of another Monday, and if you’re an American reader, likely the first full work week of June.

Here’s what you need to know today:

The world’s deepest pool will be built in Cornwall, England

Planning on getting some swimming in this summer? What about diving into a pool 164 feet deep? That’s exactly what was just unveiled for Cornwall, England. The Blue Abyss is a research pool planned for the Aerohub, Cornwall’s Enterprise Zone at the Cornwall Airport. Once complete, the $212 million facility will feature a 164-foot-by-131-foot pool, with a 52-foot-wide shaft at its heart that will run deeper than any other.

The complex, designed by British architect Robin Partington, will have a variety of uses; filming underwater shots for movies, training astronauts for maneuvering in zero gravity, and training deep sea divers are just a few. Construction is expected to take approximately 18 months and the team is aiming for a 2023 opening date.

H/t to Designboom

Art thefts in Italy have dropped dramatically thanks to drones

Watch the skies—Italian police drones might be spying on you. The number of physical art thefts in Italy reportedly dropped last year, even as burglars used the pandemic to break into shuttered museums and jobsites the world over. As surveillance more thoroughly saturates urban areas, including the increased prevalence of security cameras, high-resolution satellite imagery, and even the use of drones, such break-ins have dropped accordingly; in 2020, 287 works of art were reportedly stolen, down from 345 in 2019.

H/t to The Art Newspaper

Drought in California has already reached critical levels

It isn’t even officially summer yet in the United States and California is already in the throes of severe drought, portending a vicious fire season. The 1,500-plus reservoirs across the state are 50 percent lower than they typically should be, and rivers and lakes are running dry. If Lake Oroville dips below 640 feet, which, at this rate, it’s expected to by August or September, Edward Hyatt Power Plant, which runs on hydroelectric power could shut down during the hottest part of the year.

H/t to Insider

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures overhauls its exhibitions better represent diversity in film

Ahead of the planned September opening of the  Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, the museum’s director and president, Bill Kramer, has reportedly ordered a retooling of the material on display to better showcase the history of diversity in the film industry, warts and all. Working with Kulapat Yantrasast of WHY Architecture, Kramer and the Academy board have given more focus to BIPOC Academy Award winners, the history of Black filmmaking, and included a new introductory film to elaborate the diverse history of cinema.

H/t to the New York Times

A $12 billion semiconductor plant breaks ground in Arizona

Amid a global semiconductor shortage that’s slowed (if not stopped) the flow of everything from graphics cards to car key fobs, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., (TSMC) has broken ground on a $12 billion new plant in Phoenix. The 3.8 million-square-foot semiconductor factory is slated to begin producing chips by 2024, but reportedly, the campus could end up tripling in size over the next 10-to-15 years and see six factories ultimately rise at a cost of $35 billion.

H/t to Construction Dive

Drone maker Skydio launches a 3D scanning service

There’s even more drone news to digest today, as U.S. manufacturer Skydio announced it was launching new software for 3D scanning from the sky. Skydio 3D Scan can reportedly generate digital twin models of scanned objects, buildings, and pieces of infrastructure, and that drones are capable of doing their flyovers autonomously thanks to artificial intelligence. The company hopes that its drones, which can map their own flight paths, will ultimately supplant, or at least help, human building inspectors.

H/t to Archinect

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