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Submission + - Thermodynamic Solar Panels (

greenserveuk writes: "We've known already that making use of solar energy is an environmental-friendly decision to make. With the various pros solar power offers, we cant agree more as to the reasons we have to turn it into a major source of energy rather than an alternative one. But despite the advantages, solar energy has yet to completely make it in the mainstream. For us to have a far better understanding of the various benefits of solar power, lets rewind and discuss it more."

Submission + - MIT students reveal PopFab, a 3D printer that fits inside a briefcase ( 1

cylonlover writes: There are plenty of different 3D printers to choose from these days, from the popular Makerbot Thing-O-Matic to the budget-priced Solidoodle. These all have one drawback however in that they aren't exactly portable. Most need to be disassembled to be moved and even the fully-assembled Cubify printer isn't really built for travel. But now, two MIT students have developed the PopFab, a machine that does 3D printing and more, all while fitting inside a small suitcase. With different heads, the machine could also be used for milling, vinyl cutting, drawing, and much more, to create a wide variety of objects. The creators have also tested its portability by traveling with it as a carry-on suitcase to Saudi Arabia, Germany, and within the U.S.

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