Talk about throwing a wrench into the works.
Responding to International Space Station (ISS) astronauts’ need for a wrench, NASA solved the problem by emailing a digital file to the ISS. The astronauts then 3D printed the tool.
In a post on Backchannel, Mike Chen, founder of Made In Space explained how the process worked. Made in Space is a Silicon Valley startup that built the 3D printer that was shipped to the ISS in September. In November, the first-ever 3D-printed part was, yes, made in space.
“My colleagues and I just 3D-printed a ratcheting socket wrench on the International Sp
A new online marketplace that allows customers to pay for their goods only with the virtual currency has been launched.
The platform, BTXDeals, says it is the first of its kind to use Bitcoin as its sole currency, offering better value to its customers compared to other online retailers. Vendors can list an unrestricted number of items with the option to receive the payment in either Bitcoins or British pounds.
"BTXDeals embraces the potential of Bitcoin and provides a safe, secure and transparent form of online shopping that puts the power in the hands of the consumer," said Nick Boardman,
Imagine downloading a robot from the internet, printing it out, and putting it to work cleaning your room. That’s every teenager’s dream, and iRobot—the company behind the iconic Roomba vacuum-cleaning robot—is trying to make it a reality.
The company just released a new version of the Create—a stripped down, hackable version of the Roomba, and it’s designed to accommodate 3-D printed accessories. You’ll still have to trudge to the store for some parts—you can’t print motors and circuit boards—but you can print dozens of Create and Roomba accessories using designs from sites like Thingiver
As Jon Stewart mockingly noted on Tuesday night, the $1.1 trillion federal appropriations bill is packed with all sorts of nuggets that weren’t widely touted. In addition to the list Stewart scrutinized, 85 words tucked into the 1,603-page bill give for the first time some federal legal protection to medical marijuana use, even though pot itself will still be illegal under federal law.
The amendment forbids the Justice Department from using federal funds for anything that will “prevent” states from implementing their own laws that legalize medical marijuana. Taylor West, the deputy directo
The amazing properties of fungi are manifold: they can bio-remediate contaminated soils, lubricate chainsaws, act as medicine, eat polyurethane and diapers -- and of course, some varieties are quite delicious to eat too.
Seen over at Dezeen, Austrian designer Katarina Unger -- founder of Livin Studio and known for her previous work on this countertop incubator for edible insects -- joined forces with designer Julia Kaisinger and the University of Utrecht to develop Fungi Mutarium, a prototype that would cultivate an
Alpha males tend to thrive in cutthroat offices—and restaurants that douse their food in hot sauce. A study by researchers from the University of Grenoble found that men who preferred spicier foods also tended to have higher testosterone levels than men with milder tastes. In the study, published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, 114 men from age 18 to...
I'm a Bitcoin optimist. Henry Farrell isn't. In an astute post, he argues that the big threat to Bitcoin's long-term viability comes from government regulation. Governments are used to being able to control how the financial system works, and the Bitcoin network's decentralized structure threatens that control. So, Farrell argues, if Bitcoin ever really takes off, regulators will try to destroy it.
This is a smart argument. Indeed, I believed it a couple of years ago. The problem is that it's a couple of years out of date. If regulators were going to try to shut down the Bitcoin network, t
A puppy born without front paws can now frolic with his friends thanks to a new pair of 3D-printed prosthetics. Derby was born with a congenital deformity that left him with unusually small forearms and no front paws. It wasn't until he came into the care of Tara Anderson, an employee at 3D Systems, that real measures were taken to increase his mobility. Now, Derby can run freely with his new owners, Dom and Sherri Portanova, while outfitted with his high-tech legs.