Monday, November 1, 2010

Urbee Is the First Car Made By a 3-D Printer

3-D printing has already resulted in advances in manufacturing (as well as tiny stop-motion animation), but now taking it one step further is the Urbee hybrid: the world’s first 3-D printed car, developed by Kor Ecologic and Stratasys.

The Urbee was created using Stratasys’ Dimension 3-D printers and Fortus 3-D Production System. The full-scale prototype is not yet complete, but all of the exterior components, including the glass, will be entirely printed by additive manufacturing – printing layer upon layer of material until you end up with a car in front of you.

more info in popsci

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Julian Assange on Freedom

We have crushed a number of bastards in this organisation, all the way from Nairobi to New York. These are people who through their power, crush victims and create victims of the powerless. And that’s not something that I was brought up with. You know my father taught me particular values which was that generous capable men do not create victims, they stop others creating victims.

Friday, October 29, 2010

No Women in Maths, are their choices, not their habilities

The question of why women are so underrepresented in math-intensive fields is a controversial one. In 2005, Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University, set off a storm of controversy when he suggested it could be due partly to innate differences in ability; others have suggested discrimination or socialization is more to blame. Two psychological scientists have reviewed all of the evidence and concluded that the main factor is women's choices -- both freely made, such as that they'd rather study biology than math, and constrained, such as the fact that the difficult first years as a professor coincide with the time when many women are having children.

Monday, October 25, 2010

One of the most brilliantly simple ideas to help

Lisa Hickey @lisahickey from The Good Men Project says about @WeAreVisible:
October 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I think the idea of helping homeless people find a voice through social media is absolutely brilliant. Brilliant. The core truth of social media is that it connect people. People who have problems to people who have solutions. 
People who want to talk to people who want to listen. People who have ideas with people who know how to act on ideas. Why on earth would it seem strange to connect homeless people to the rest of us?
It’s really hard for me to not think of Mark Horvath as a hero. For having an idea. And acting on it.
And I am NEVER going to waste a good crisis again. :)
Thanks Mark, for such great inspiration.