Shapeways, an online 3-D printing company, opened an enormous "Factory of the Future" in Queens, New York that could house 50 industrial printers and churn out millions of consumer-designed products a year.
By Martha HarbisonPosted 08.10.2012 at 5:40 pm 4 Comments
Much of the oldest and best science fiction stories and novels are, sadly, long out of print. The only way to read them is to dig through second-hand bookshops, rummage sales, or dusty attics, or hope that the local library still keeps their old paperbacks around. A group in Brooklyn called Singularity&Co. wants to change that. The attack is two-fold: raise some of these long-lost stories from their graves and release them as e-books, and showcase some really killer hardcovers and paperbacks at an honest-to-god brick-and-mortar bookstore near the East River.
The craziest space moment of the year, in one of the craziest places on Earth
By Laura GeggelPosted 08.06.2012 at 3:40 pm 8 Comments
TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, NY: A dramatic lightning storm with violent accompanying downpour lit up New York's skies yesterday evening. But the unpredictable weather didn't stop New York's space-loving faithful from gathering in Times Square for NASA's airing of the Curiosity landing on one of the largest screens in the world. At first, it was hard to tell the everyday tourists from the Curiosity-curious. Times Square is always a madhouse. I wove through crowds and around food carts, passed a woman arguing with an actor dressed as Elmo, and walked by two horse-drawn carriages plodding slowly through traffic. At 1 a.m., about a hundred people remained gazing up at the massive Toshiba screen, just below the ball that drops on New Years' Eve.
Our buddies over at Gizmodo found a "Monster Machine" that's of particular interest to me, given that I was viciously attacked by a pothole once already this year (yes, to be fair, I started the fight by stepping into it, but it wildly overreacted by spraining my ankle). The Python 5000 takes what used to be a six-step job requiring a multiple-man team that could take hours and completes it in two minutes with a single operator. Sounds pretty simple: blast rock/water/dirt out of the pothole with a shot of air, wait for operator to spray oil (so the asphalt will bond), pour asphalt, tamp down with big scary robot arm. It's being tested in New York City now, according to Mayor Bloomberg, and if it's approved, could be used by many other cities across the country. Check out a video explaining how it works after the jump.