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New Terminator-Inspired Method Makes 3D Printing 25-100 Times Faster (Video)

terminator printing

In the climax of the movie “Terminator 2″, the Terminator’s arch-nemesis — the evil T-1000 — is melted down into a puddle of metallic goo. Unfortunately for Arnold and company, the robot re-emerges seconds later, rising fully-formed from the puddle of molten metal. It was this scene that inspired a group of scientists at a company called Carbon3D to completely rethink our current methods of 3D printing. The company, which had been keeping the project a secret during the past two years of development, revealed their new method in

German Court Forces Anti-Vaxxer to Pay $106,000 After He Loses Measles Bet

measles bet

Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, scientists and the more level-headed members of society, the anti-vaccination movement has been stubbornly resilient. The latest chapter of this frustratingly ridiculous argument took place in Germany, where a recent measles outbreak has put the anti-vax discussion at the forefront of public discourse. Stefan Lanka, a German biologist and vocal anti-vaxxer, refuses to believe that measles is a virus (which is why he opposes vaccination). Instead, Lanka insists that the disease is a psychosomatic illness that occurs when,

Find Out What Happens When Lava Is Poured Directly Onto Ice (Video)

lava on ice

A few years ago, some folks at Syracuse University had an idea to create the “Lava Project”, in hopes of sparking interest in the Arts and Sciences. According to their website… “The goals of the project include scientific experiments, artistic creations, education, and outreach to the Syracuse University and City communities.”   By involving professors from a number of different departments, the project offers a wide variety of scientific experiments to engage faculty and students. One of the most notable and intriguing of these

Migrating West African Fruit Bats May Play A Key Role In Finding A Cure for Ebola

migrating fruit bats

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest yet, killing more than 8,000 people and stretching the health infrastructures of a number of African countries to their limits (and sometimes beyond). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 20,000 people from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia – the three hardest hit countries – have contracted the Ebola virus. Since the outbreak began, scientists have been searching for clues to help them understand where the virus came from and how it behaves. Part of

Solar Powered Plane Prepares For Record-Setting Round-The-World Trip (Video)

solar impulse feat

Over the span of two months, Swiss pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard will attempt to travel around the world using only solar energy. The record-setting flight would be the first time a solar-powered plane traveled around the entire world. According to the BBC… “The plans have been set for the solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, to take off from Abu Dhabi and then fly around the globe using only the sun’s energy.”   Scientific American provides a bit more background on the pilots and their

New Neural Implant Helps Paralyzed Rats Walk Again (Video)

e-dura feat

A new technology, known as the e-Dura, has been labeled as “groundbreaking” after successfully giving paralyzed rats the ability to walk. The new technology is flexible and stretchy, allowing it to be implanted directly on the spinal chord with maximum comfort for the patient. The e-Dura also mimics the tissue around the spine (known as dura mater), so the body doesn’t reject the implant’s presence. According to The Telegraph… “It closely imitates the mechanical properties of living tissue, and can simultaneously deliver

New Study: Human Activity Has Propelled the Earth Past 4 of 9 “Planetary Boundaries”

planetary boundaries feat

In 2009, a group of scientists from Stockholm University published a paper outlining nine different “planetary boundaries”. The boundaries set theoretical limits on just how much we could alter the Earth’s environment before destabilizing it, including things like ozone depletion, forest cover and freshwater consumption. For the last few years, a team of 18 researchers from all over the world has been conducting a follow-up study to determine how close we actually are to those boundaries today. According to their recently published research, we have

Watch the Explosive Crash Landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Test Last Week (Video)

falcon 9 crash land

Last week, SpaceX attempted to do something that few people had ever even thought of doing before: launching a rocket to deploy a supply ship to the International Space Station, and then landing said rocket on a football field-sized barge in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Everything went according to plan until the very end of the test flight. Shortly after the Falcon was scheduled to land, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made the following tweet: Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but

World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 100x More Food While Using 99% Less Water

indoor farm feat

Humans have spent around 10,000 years mastering the art of farming. But one thing we  have yet to figure out is how to prevent the destruction of crops as a result of natural weather-related disasters, like severe droughts and violent storms. Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist and indoor farmer based in eastern Japan, thinks he may have solved that problem. Shimamura got the idea to pursue indoor farming when, as a teenager, he came across a “vegetable factory” at Expo ’85 (an international science and technology

New Study: Two-Thirds of Cancer Cases Can Be Attributed to Bad Luck

cancer feat

It seems like every day there’s some new study claiming that this, that or the other causes cancer. First it was cell phones and aspartame, then it was processed foods and GMOs. While all of those things may very well play a role in the development of cancers, new research indicates that the majority of cancer cases can be attributed to random mutations that occur in DNA when cells divide. The study was carried out by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. According

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