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Hold your horses, fanboy: why 3D printing isn’t going to revolutionize everything

Technology Review has an excellent summary of 3D printing as a technology here.  They also just posted a rant about the limitations of 3D printing, and how the people who are gushing about the technology need to stop trying to boost everybody’s expectations.

 

Update:  And now an opposing viewpoint from a guest writer at Technology Review’s been posted here.

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“3D Printer Can Print Chocolate Cupcakes In Minutes”

The title is a direct quote of the title of the article at PSFK.  I’m unsure how useful and widespread the printing of food will become, but it’s nice to see people continuing to expand the technical capabilities of the technology.

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CES, graphene heat sinks, drug-immune TB, and more

Ah, CES.  What wonders it holds each year.  And what a deluge of news stories.  Which I have sifted through and picked out what I think will actually matter.  Read on…

 

Technology

Military

  • The Marines are looking for a new brain/control-system for their robots – something that doesn’t need its hand held going from one place to another, and that can be plugged into multiple different platforms.
  • And speaking of military robots…  The US military’s airfleet is now 1/3 UAVs.  I repeat:  one third of all aircraft in the US military is now unmanned.  Mind you, this includes the itty-bitty ones that are launched by hand, but that’s still an… interesting milestone, considering that the number was 5% in 2005.  I wonder when it’ll become 50%?  or 90%?

Space

  • Is NASA thinking of sending another lander to Venus?  It’s not a particularly hospitable environment, what with a temperature around 1000*F, massive air pressure and a choking atmosphere.  Still, NASA’s building a hell-on-Earth simulator for wannabe Venusian probes, so they seem to be considering the possibility…

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Printing with ice, insect cyborgs, an anti-alcohol drug, and more

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Military

  • I love this:  You launch a balloon, which rises to 60,000ft.  When that balloon gets close to a particular spot, it drops its cargo – a medium-sized drone.  That drone flies towards its target, and drops one or two miniature drones.  Those minidrones – basically sensors, transmitters, and a motherboard shaped into a gliding surface – glide down to earth and proceed to act like a sensor outpost.  Sort of the Rube Goldberg of spy drones.

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Miscellaneous

  • Giant Robotic Eggs Dance a Tango  I think that “Weirdest title of the day” is going to become a standard fixture.  It’s just so hard to resist all the strange stuff that pops up, most days!  😛
  • What do you get if you take a stiff, strong paper (cardboard, say), soak it in fireproofing compound, and then coat it in waterproofing compound?  A paper cookpot, that’s what.

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