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Online shop to accept only Bitcoin payments

Posted By SuperUser on BITCOIN - 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,

Newest Roomba Gets Us One Step Closer to 3-D Printable Robots | WIRED

Posted By SuperUser on ROBOTICS - 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

Congress Just Made It Easier to Buy and Sell Medical Marijuana - Businessweek

Posted By SuperUser on MARIJUANA - 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

Prototypical incubator transforms plastic waste into edible mushroom cuisine (Video) : TreeHugger

Posted By SuperUser on FOOD - 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

Men who like spicy food are actually more alpha – Quartz

Posted By SuperUser on FOOD - 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...

Bitcoin has become too powerful for regulators to shut it down - Vox

Posted By SuperUser on BITCOIN - 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

3D-printed braces help jumpstart Derby the dog's mobility

Posted By SuperUser on 3D PRINTING - 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.

What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Posted By SuperUser on ROBOTICS - The technologies of the past, by replacing human muscle, increased the value of human effort – and in the process drove rapid economic progress. Those of the future, by substituting for man’s senses and brain, will accelerate that process – but at the risk of creating millions of citizens who are simply unable to contribute economically, and with greater damage to an already declining middle class.

Estimates of general rates of technological progress are always imprecise, but it is fair to say that, in the past, progress came more slowly. Henry Adams, the historian, measured technological