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Panasonic's AR Make-Up Mirror Turned Me Into A Pussycat Doll

Stuff the tech reporting — after trying out Panasonic’s augmented reality makeup mirror, I reckon I’ve got a glittering career awaiting me as the first male member of the Pussycat Dolls.


Giz Explains: How The Enormous Mirrors On The World's Largest Telescope Are Made

The Giant Magellan Telescope is easily the most ambitious terrestrial astronomy program humanity’s ever devised. It has — quite literally — been built from the ground up by leveraging a brilliant, unique off-axis design and bleeding-edge fabrication techniques. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the telescope’s enormous mirror system.


This Reflective Facade Turns The Horizon Into A Gigantic Kaleidoscope

On the rocky shore of La Grande Motte, a seaside resort in the south of France, a reflective facade is turning the horizon-line into a kaleidoscopic head-trip. Breath Box is an installation composed of hundreds of mirrored panels that move in time with the wind. A word of advice: Don’t stare directly into this super shiny wall.


Keep An Eye On Rooftop Cargo With This Bonnet-Mounted Rear-View Mirror

Driving with anything strapped to the roof of your car — be it bikes, a kayak or even a mattress — makes for a stressful road trip. The RoofScope promises to bring you a little more peace of mind with rooftop cargo, providing a constant view of how everything on top of your car is doing without having to leave the driver’s seat.


An Augmented Reality Mirror Lets You Test Makeup Without Putting It On

Thanks to this slick augmented reality mirror, if you happen to find yourself in Sephora’s makeup store while visiting Milan, Italy, you’ll have the rare opportunity to try on almost every shade of eyeshadow the company sells, without ever putting any of it on your face.


These Mirrors Could Give Satellites Their Own Dust-Busting Space Lasers

Anyone who’s watched Gravity knows debris is always worse in space. Even dust, which can meddle with satellite sensors and cause all kinds of trouble — until now. Thanks to science, lasers are coming to the rescue.


This Obsidian Mirror Was Once Toxic Chemical Waste

There are plenty of ways to deal with chemical waste, like shipping it across the ocean. Or, you could use plasma gasification — a Back to the Future-style process that “recreates the conditions inside a volcano” to incinerate waste. One byproduct of the process? A glassy synthetic obsidian.


An Invisible Mirrored Fence Is Way Better Than A White Picket Fence

Sure a white picket fence is part of the dream, but it’s so much cooler to have this fence of mirrors surrounding your house. It turns the boundaries of your yard invisible. It changes colours with the seasons. And it is gleaming fun to look at.


Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror Isn't Blinded By Passengers Or Cargo

Have you ever been hesitant to over-pack a vehicle with luggage or passengers because it would obscure the sightline for your rearview mirror? Nissan’s Smart rearview mirror solves that problem by alternately displaying a live video feed from a camera mounted on the back of the vehicle.


Lasers Create Ultra-Lightweight Mirrors From Styrofoam Beads

It’s much easier for a telescope to see deep into the universe when it doesn’t have to peer through the Earth’s atmosphere, but getting them into space is expensive. There is a much cheaper solution though, as researchers have actually found a way to make incredibly light mirrors using lasers and polystyrene — aka styrofoam — beads.


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