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+ - NASA Provides Details of Unique Method for 3d Printing on Other Planets->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "A major application of 3d printing that could revolutionize space travel, is that of ultimately using 3d printers to create structures on non-terrestrial bodies like the moon, other planets, and even asteroids. Researchers from NASA's Kennedy Space Center have been working to develop solutions to materials issues, and recently presented initial findings on the potential for using in-situ materials like basalt for 3D printing. Their innovative method is based on only using in-situ supplies, and not materials that need to be brought into space."
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+ - Mysterious martian gouges carved by sand-surfing dry ice->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "After the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter began beaming back close-up images of the Red Planet, researchers spotted peculiar features along the slopes of dunes: long, sharply defined grooves that seem to appear and disappear seasonally. They look like trails left behind by tumbling boulders, but rocks never appear in the sunken pits at the trail ends. Researchers initially took these gullies as signs of flowing liquid water, but a new model suggests they’re the result of sand-surfing dry ice that breaks off from the crests of dunes and skids down slopes. This is no ordinary tumble—according to the model, the bases of the chunks are continually sublimating, resulting in a hovercraftlike motion that gouges the dune while propelling the ice down slopes."
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+ - Doctors Replace Patient's Damaged Thoracic Vertebrae with 3d Printed Replica->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Earlier this month, surgeons at Zhejiang University in China, performed a surgery to remove 2 damaged vertebrae from a 21-year-old patient. In their place they inserted a 3d printed titanium implant which was shaped to the exact size needed for the patient's body. The surgery which took doctors much less time and provided significantly less risk was completely successful and the patient is expected to make a full recovery. This is said to be the first ever surgery involving 3d printing vertebrae in order to replace a patient's thoracic vertebrae."
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+ - 3D Printer Owner's Network Puts Together Buyer's Guide->

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "Thousands of 3D printer owners who are part of a distributed online network were tapped for a buyer's guide, rating dozens of machines from tiny startups to big name manufacturers. Surprisingly, the big name 3D printer makers were no where to be found in the top picks. More obscure companies, like Makergear, a 12-person start-up in Ohio, or Zortrax, a polish company that began as a Kickstarter project, took top spots in the reviews. The buyer's guide, put together by 3D Hubs, contains five different categories: Enthusiast Printers, Plug-n-Play Printers, Kit/DIY Printers, Budget Printers and Resin Printers. In all, 18 models made it to the top of the user communities' list, and only printers with more than 10 reviews were included in the buyer's guide. 3D Hubs also added a secondary "Printer Index" that includes 58 3D Printers that didn't make it to the top of their categories. Printers with more than five reviews are displayed in the index."
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+ - Researchers are 3D Printing Living Brain Tissue to Eventually Treat Brain Disord->

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ErnieKey (3766427) writes "University of Wollongong and ACES labs at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne are teaming up in a new research collaboration to study the human brain, setting out to 3D print real brain tissue using live human stem cells. These researchers, including ACES stem cell expert Associate Professor Jeremy Cook, are working toward understanding and, eventually, treating brain diseases and disorders such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, and even Alzheimer's. By using 3D bioprinting processes, these researchers will be able to enhance their understanding of how the brain functions, as many difficult human brain-affecting disorders cannot be replicated in animal studies."
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+ - Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious->

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An anonymous reader writes "A new study (abstract) from Oxford University shows HIV is weakening as it evolves in response to our immune system. When the virus encounters somebody with a particularly strong immune system, it sacrifices efficiency in replication to gradually overcome those defenses. This causes it to take more time for the infection to cause AIDS. Professor Philip Goulder said, "It is quite striking. You can see the ability to replicate is 10% lower in Botswana than South Africa and that's quite exciting. We are observing evolution happening in front of us and it is surprising how quickly the process is happening. The virus is slowing down in its ability to cause disease and that will help contribute to elimination." Goulder added that the average time from infection to the onset of AIDS has increased by 25% over the past 10 years."
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+ - Google Glass future clouded as early believers lose faith->

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ErnieKey (3766427) writes ""After an initial burst of enthusiasm, signs that consumers are giving up on Glass have been building." Is it true that Google Goggles are simply not attractive to wear, or perhaps it's the invasion of privacy that is deterring people from wearing them. Regardless, Google needs to change something quickly before they lose all their potential customers."
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+ - Man Creates 3D Printed Art That is Smaller Than an Ant's Forehead->

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ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Artist Jonty Hurwitz has created the world's smallest sculptures: nanosculptures, no wider than a human hair and unable to be seen without an electron microscope, created using a specialized 3D printing process. Hurwitz says this project was "Art, literally created with Quantum Physics." While this seems quite a claim, it seems to be very well deserved. Hurwitz enlisted a team of approximately 15 people to help him bring his vision to life. After scanning his models in a 200-camera array, the sculptures were printed — with advice from the Weizmann Institute of Science — using a 3D print technique by the Institute of Microstructure Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, with multiphoton lithography used for the fine detail work."
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+ - Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

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An anonymous reader writes "News suggesting that Microsoft plans to offer Windows 10 upgrades for all its Windows Phone 8 devices broke today. “It’s our intention to enable a Windows 10 upgrade for Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “At this early stage in the development process, and given the vast portfolio of Windows devices worldwide, we can’t predict that all devices will be upgradeable, but it is our intention that the Lumia smartphone line be upgradeable to Windows 10.”"

+ - Intel Putting 3D Scanners in Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones to Follow-> 1

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Intel has been working on a 3D scanner small enough to fit in the bezel of even the thinnest tablets. The company aims to have the technology in tablets from 2015, with CEO Brian Krzanich telling the crowd at MakerCon in New York on Thursday that he hopes to put the technology in phones as well."
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+ - A New Font Editor has reached 1.0->

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An anonymous reader writes "Alexandre Prokoudine writes in Libregraphicsworld about tools open source tools for creating fonts.

Is FontForge all there is to type design on Linux? Not quite. Johan Mattsson released BirdFont 1.0, a new(er) free type design program for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

BirdFont is a new tool for anyone who wants to create a new typeface, digitize handwriting, add missing characters to a font or just improve website design with a new icon font."
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+ - SPAM: Top Nairobi National Park Day Trip - One (1) Day Trips from Nairobi

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chidwiss (3829319) writes "Nairobi National Park Day Trip is a one day trip tour to Nairobi Park from Nairobi hotel. The day trip to Nairobi national park starts very early from Nairobi and gets there by 7.00am. Nairobi day trip includes a 5hr game drive, guide services, park fee and pick up and drop off at your Nairobi hotel."
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