Technology: Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
(R&D Magazine) "Google Inc. has joined a group of 16 universities and national labs that are building the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). Scheduled to begin operations in 2014, the 8.4-meter telescope will survey the entire visible sky every week. The LSST will generate more than 30 terabytes -- 30 thousand gigabytes -- of images every night for a decade. The collaboration with Google will aim at organizing, processing and analyzing that huge amount of data and enabling the new discoveries from the telescope to be made available to the public and researchers in real time."
(So when will Google catalog all known human DNA and begin brain recordings
of our sleep and dream cycles?)