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Los Angeles Really Wants George Lucas’ Cultural Arts Museum

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george lucasWhen Star Wars creator George Lucas first proposed his visual arts mainstay, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, it was presumed it would be built and housed in San Francisco, not too far from Lucas’ hometown of Modesto, California. But talks between the filmmaker and the city never actually reached the action stage, and so the museum began looking at other places, most likely Chicago, where a riverfront location as the optimal spot. But Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has a better idea for Lucas: put the museum in L.A.!

Taking advantage of social media’s power to sway people, Garcetti advised his citizens to show their love and support for their city by taking to Twitter with the hashtag “#WhyLucasInLA,” along with their reasons why the museum belongs in L.A. and photos or videos of potential locations. To say that the campaign was a success would be understating things.

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Smithsonian And McDonalds Both Looking To Embrace 3D Technology

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laser scanningToday brings ironic juxtaposition when it comes to the use of 3D technologies. We’ve got the Smithsonian looking to archive its artifacts using 3D imaging, and we’ve got McDonald’s thinking about 3D printing the plastic toys that come in happy meals. Well folks, technology doesn’t discriminate!

The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex, owns about 137 million historical objects, most of which are kept tucked away from our prying eyes and greasy hands. But what’s the point of having all that awesome stuff if people can’t access it? The museum has recently arrived at a solution to the problem — 3D imaging and printing. 3D imaging involves scanning an object and rendering its image in 3D, and you all know what 3D printing is. Many of the Smithsonian’s exhibits are too large to be 3D printed — like the Wright brothers’ first airplane — but a 3D scan would allow people to get an all-over look at the historical aircraft.