PBS NewsHour has a double-header from science correspondent Miles O'Brien on what's new and interesting in 3D printing.
Part one [transcript here] above explores how, with the push of a button, the emerging technology of 3D printing can produce food, plastic phone accessories, even human tissue. Miles explores how businesses and schools are creating everything from speakers to ballet shoes, as well as serious challenges and risks presented by ever-widening printing possibilities.
Among the organizations and people in this story: Shapeways, Hod Lipson at Cornell, that ATF gun, and Micah Scott, one of the happy mutants at Ardent West who modded a MakerBot with amazing results.
Part two [Transcript here]: A.J. Jacobs and his wife Julie tried to live off of 3D printed objects, including food. Their printed dinner-for-two was "weird," A.J. Jacobs said. He described it as fancy Cheez Whiz.
Pasta and desserts I can see, but beyond that? Hmmmm.
Anyway, A.J.'s a longtime friend of Boing Boing, whom we've podcasted with more than once, written about on a number of occasions, and who has in turn served as a guest contributor. It's a very fun piece, and may make you hungry for extruded food.
[Special thanks to SF Slim and Nadya Lev. Disclosure: Miles O'Brien is my valentine. ♥]
Joe Karganis writes, "This is the 'Co-Assignment Galaxy' created by David McClure. It maps the top 160K titles in the new Open Syllabus 2.0 dataset, based on the frequency with which those texts are assigned (reflected in the size of the dot) and assigned together (reflected in the location and clustering of the dots). It's […]
The Bank of England has unveiled its new £50 notes, which had been earmarked to honour a distinguished British scientist, and which will feature Alan Turing, the WWII hero who discovered many of the foundational insights to both modern computing and cryptography, and whose work with the codebreakers of Bletchley Park are widely believed to […]
The great science purge, they’ll call it one day. Donald Trump is closing science offices throughout the federal government. ‘As of June, around 85 percent of all scientific posts in the federal government, including an official scientific advisor to the President, were left unfilled,’ write the editors of I F***ing Love Science blog in an […]
Looking to upgrade that old laptop or tablet? Holiday sales may be way on the horizon, but there’s an even better way to get like-new tech for a steal. Here are 10 of our favorite deals on personal computers and gaming gear – refurbished, renewed or brand new. Acer Touchscreen 11′ Chromebook 16GB (Certified Refurbished) […]
Vape technology has been around long enough that vapers are starting to get picky about their gear. Luckily, so are we. From disposable models to cutting-edge touchscreen atomizers, there’s a vaporizer in this roundup to suit every taste. Hera 2 – World’s Most Advanced Dual-Use Vaporizer Choose between dry herb or oil extraction modes – […]
With enough practice and commitment, anyone can be a visual artist. But without the right instruction, that time spent honing your skills could seem like an eternity. If you really want to see where your talent can take you, you need sound fundamentals – and no matter what discipline or genre you lean toward, the […]