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New Full-Body Scanning Booths Print You A Miniature 3-D Selfie Figurine (Video)

Earlier this week, 3-D printing company Artec announced that they would be bringing their innovative new “Shapify” booths to the United States. The company made the announcement at the “Inside 3D Printing” conference in Santa Clara, California. So what is Shapify? Basically, its a booth that rotates around you taking hundreds of pictures which are then stitched together (by a computer program) to create a full 360° scan of your body. The whole process takes about 12 seconds. That scan can then be

Democratic Education: A New Way to Look at Teaching and Learning (Opinion Piece)

Seven-year-old Penelope Day needs both hands to pick up the power drill. Penelope is spending the week at a day camp run by Construction Kids, a Brooklyn-based program that offers building classes throughout the year for kids as young as 2 years old. It’s one of a new and immensely popular wave of programs trying to shift kids away from computer screens toward actual, hands-on activities. Like building things from scratch. Using, yes, real, working power tools. With help from a team of

How Goats Are Replacing Bulldozers and Pesticides In Invasive Plant Control

Since the mid-1970s, land owners in the U.S. and Canada have been fighting a losing battle against Phragmites australis, an invasive reed that grows in tall thick bundles in wetlands areas along the east coast. Not only do the reeds quickly take over by choking out native vegetation, but they also litter wetlands areas with thick mats of decaying biomass. Land managers have tried everything to get rid of the phragmites reeds: controlled burns, toxic pesticides and even bulldozers. But now, researchers from Duke

Hendo Hover – The World’s First Hoverboard Finally Arrives (Video)

Earlier this year Funny Or Die and Tony Hawk released a video that showed off what seemed to be an awesome new hoverboard. The video turned out to be a spoof, but now a company called Arx Pax has actually created a real hoverboard – they call it the “Hendo Hover”. This week Arx Pax launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. Ten boards were put up for presale at $10,000 and all ten have already been sold. Although there are no more boards available for