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+ - Lawsuit Filed Over Domain Name Registered 16 Years Before Plaintiff's Use writes: Cybersquatting is registering, selling or using a domain name with the intent of profiting from the goodwill of someone else's trademark. It generally refers to the practice of buying up domain names that use the names of existing businesses with the intent to sell the names for a profit to those businesses. Now Andrew Allmann writes at Domain Name Wire that New York company Office Space Solutions, Inc. has filed a cybersquatting lawsuit against Jason Kneen over the domain name that Kneen registered in 1999 although Office Space Solutions didn't use the term “Work Better” in commerce until 2015. " is virtually identical to, and/or confusingly similar to the WORK BETTER Service Mark, which was distinctive at the time that the Defendant renewed and/or updated the registration of," says the lawsuit. But according to an Office Space Solutions’ filing with the USPTO, it didn’t use the term “Work Better” in commerce until 2015. Office Space Solutions is making the argument that the domain name was renewed in bad faith. According to Kneen, Office Space previously tried to purchase the domain name from him and after it failed to acquire the domain name, is now trying to take it via a lawsuit.

+ - Creating bacterial 'fight clubs' to discover new drugs->

Science_afficionado writes: Vanderbilt chemists have shown that creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs. They have demonstrated the method by using it to discover a new class of antibiotic with anti-cancer properties.
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+ - Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety->

Zothecula writes: Cruising at speed down the highway with a heads-up display (HUD) constantly feeding data into your line of sight can make anyone feel like a jet pilot on the road; totally in control of your vehicle and primed to avert any potential danger that comes your way. However, recent studies by the University of Toronto show that the HUD multi-tasking method of vehicle piloting may well not provide the extra margin of safety that we think it does. In fact, according to the researchers, it could be downright dangerous.
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+ - 3D Printed Supercar is Unveiled – 0-60 in 2.2 Seconds, 700 HP Motor, Comin->

ErnieKey writes: Divergent Microfactories is unveiling a revolutionary approach to car manufacturing, as evidenced by their supercar, the Blade. Using 3D printed aluminum 'nodes' in strategic manufacturing, they've created an automobile that weighs in at just 1,400 pounds, and can go from 0-60 MPH in only 2.2 seconds. DM will be producting 10,000 cars per year and also making technology available to any other companies interested.
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+ - Human Art is Being Sent to the Moon with Hopes of Surviving Billions of Years->

ErnieKey writes: Since the first steps on the moon in 1969, only 12 people have walked there; soon, though, humanity will again make its mark on our natural satellite--this time with a rover carrying a small payload filled with just 6 oz of human arts. The "Moon Arts Ark" project, 7 years in the making, will be sent to the moon. The Moon Arts Ark will be enclosed in 3D printed chambers that were made using a 3D Systems ProX200 3D printer by 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing.
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+ - 3D Printed Steel Pedestrian Bridge Will Soon Span an Amsterdam Canal->

ErnieKey writes: Amsterdam is famed as the "Venice of the North," with close to 1,300 bridges in use. The next bridge to be built over one of the city's canals will be easily its highest-tech, as it will be constructed via 3D printing technology from MX3D. The steel pedestrian bridge, brought about by a collaboration between MX3D, Heijmans, Joris Laarman Lab, and several sponsors and supporters, will be built using 6-axis industrial robots that will begin construction on either bank and build in toward one another.
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+ - New 3D Printing Technology Can Print a Full Size Chair in Just Minutes 1 1

ErnieKey writes: University of Sheffield Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Neil Hopkinson, has unveiled a new 3D printing technology that can print a wedding ring in seconds or a full sized chair in just minutes. The technology will be licensed to large corporations, and it will debut sometime in 2017. Hopkinson also says that the technology can be scaled down for desktop 3D printers.

+ - This Handgun is 3D Printed and Powered by Condoms->

ErnieKey writes: Designer and maker James R. Patrick has tried his hand at developing a 3D printed gun. He was successful, but then the folks at FOSSCAD were intrigued by the idea and as part of testing it, substituted condoms for rubber bands. It appears to be equally effective and a whole heck of a lot more entertaining.
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+ - This Amazing Musical Organ was Created from 49 Floppy Disk Drives

ErnieKey writes: A youth club in Germany, called Toolbox Bodensee has created an organ unlike any musical instrument ever created before. It is constructed of 49 floppy disk drives all of which combine to play quite a unique sound. It has the ability to be played manually or act as quite the interesting playback device.

+ - TE Connectivity 3D Prints a Full Size, Fully Functional Plastic Motorcycle

ErnieKey writes: This week at Rapid 2015, a company called TE Connectivity will be unveiling an incredible 3D printed full-size, fully functional plastic motorcycle. The motorcycle, which can hold 2 adults and drive at speeds up to 15 MPH, uses a 1 horse power electric motor to get around and measures 8 feet in length.

+ - A Turtle Receives the First Ever 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implant of its Kind

ErnieKey writes: A wounded loggerhead turtle showed up in Turkey, with significant damage to its upper and lower jaws. It was taken to the Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Pamukkale University (PAU) for help. The PAU team, working with BTech Innovation, was able to make a 3D printed titanium jaw implant for the turtle. The operation was a success, and the patient--the world's first sea turtle to receive a 3D printed implant--is recovering.

+ - The Biosecurity Logic Behind Australia's Threat to Kill Johnny Depp's Dogs writes: Adam Taylor writes in the Washington Post that Australia's threat to kill Boo and Pistol, two dogs that belong to the American movie star Johnny Depp unless they leave the country by Saturday has made headlines around the world. But the logic behind the threat is typical for Australia, which has some of the strictest animal quarantine laws in the world. According to the Australian Department of Agriculture, dogs can be imported to Australia but are required to spend at least 10 days in quarantine in the country. There are also a whole variety of other restrictions on the dogs – they can only come from an approved country, they cannot be pregnant, and they must not be a banned breed. The dogs are then required to undergo a variety of tests and be fully vaccinated and microchipped. It's a time-consuming, expensive and complicated process that serves one purpose. Australia is one of a relatively small number of countries around the world that are considered rabies-free. "The reason you can walk through a park in Brisbane and not have in the back of your mind, 'What happens if a rabid dog comes out and bites me or bites my kid,' is because we've kept that disease out," says Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Australia's geographical distance from much of the rest of the world and its relatively late contact with the West means that its biological ecosystem is unlike those of many other nations. To protect this, the country restricts what can be brought into the country. The impact of alien species on Australian wildlife was made clear early in the 20th century, when the cane toad, indigenous to Central and South America, was introduced to north Queensland in the hope of controlling the local cane beetle population. While the toads had little impact on the beetle population, they unexpectedly thrived in their new environment. Their effects on Australia's ecology include the depletion of native species that die eating cane toads; the poisoning of pets and humans; depletion of native fauna preyed on by cane toads; and reduced prey populations for native insectivores, such as skinks. The population of a few thousand cane toads introduced in 1935 is now in the millions, and are now considered pests that the Australian government is trying to eradicate.

Depp isn't the only American celebrity to run afoul of Australian biosecurity laws. In 2013, a Katy Perry album that featured flower seeds in its packaging triggered a biosecurity alert from Australia's Agriculture Department. "Most people are excited to think that there's an attachment between biosecurity and someone as popular as Katy Perry," said Vanessa Findlay, Australia's chief plant protection officer.

+ - Researchers Discover Breakthrough Drug Delivery Method by Changing Shape of Pill

ErnieKey writes: Researchers at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London have found a way to change the rate of dissolution within medication via a 3D printing method. Researchers used MakerBot's water- soluble filament, cut it into tiny pieces and mixed in acetaminophen. They then used the Filabot extruder to extrude a drug infused filament. With this filament they printed odd shaped pills and tested them to see what effect different shapes had on the speed at which they dissolved. What they concluded was that these odd shaped pills allowed for different rates of absorption, enabling custom medications for patients.

+ - Carl Sagan's Solar Sail Is Ready For Its First Test Flight->

An anonymous reader writes: âoeThereâ(TM)s just a tremendously exciting prospect called solar sailing. [It] travels on the radiation and particles that come out of the sun, the wind from the sun. Because it has a constant acceleration, it can get you around the inner part of the solar system a lot faster...than the usual sorts of rocket propulsion.â

Thatâ(TM)s our late science ambassador Carl Sagan on a 1976 broadcast of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. During the brief interview, Sagan fiddles with what looks like a small square of tin foil, a model that he believed was the future of space travel. Itâ(TM)s been nearly 30 years since Saganâ(TM)s solar sail vision, and now his spacecraft, called LightSail, is finally getting a test flight.

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