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  • Markforged announces two 3D printers that produce items as strong as steel

    08/21/2017 4:41:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | August 21, 2017 | John Biggs
    Markforged, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Boston, has just announced two new models — the X3 and the X5. Both of these printers are designed to create carbon fiber-infused objects using a standard filament printing system and both can produce items that can replace or are stronger than steel objects. Both printers have auto-leveling and scanning systems to ensure each printed object is exactly like every other. Further, the printers use Markforged’s special thermoplastic fiber filament, while the X5 can add a “strand of continuous fiberglass” to create objects “19X stronger and 10X stiffer than traditional plastics.” This means...
  • Anyone Want To Hazard A Stab At Symbolic Meaning Of This Eclipse?

    08/21/2017 12:12:27 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 133 replies
    Self ^ | 8/21/17 | Jim Newell
    Whaddyathink? Any insights?
  • Newly discovered painkiller could replace addictive opioids

    08/17/2017 1:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Spectator Health ^ | August 17, 2017
    Researchers from the University of Texas have discovered what they say is a powerful painkiller that acts on a previously unknown pain pathway. The synthetic compound, known as UKH-1114, effectively relieves neuropathic pain in injured mice, but it works at a much lower dose, with a longer duration of action. If the researchers can demonstrate that the drug is safe, effective and nonaddictive in humans – a process that can take years – the discovery could address one of today’s biggest public health challenges: the opioid crisis. Opioids are addictive and users quickly develop a tolerance for the drugs, requiring...
  • Why Does the Little League World Series Discriminate?

    08/17/2017 4:24:47 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 36 replies
    www.TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/17/2017 | Trevor Thomas
    While all sound-minded Americans await the start of college football season and the NFL, to tide us over, we are soon to have the awesome American pleasure of the Little League World Series (LLWS) to enjoy. The U.S. regionals—which determine the eight American teams (in addition to the eight international teams) in the LLWS—are complete. Today, August 17, the tournament to determine the 71st LLWS champion begins. Noticeably absent again this year: girls. Someone should write a memo. In 1974—of course, thanks to a ruling from a female judge—the Little League Federal Charter was amended to allow girls to play...
  • Einstein's Relativity Tested by Giant Star and Monster Black Hole

    08/10/2017 6:03:21 PM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 9, 2017 | Jesse Emspak, Space.com Contributor
    A giant star near the center of our galaxy hints, once again, that Albert Einstein was correct about gravity. A group of astronomers in Germany and the Czech Republic observed three stars in a cluster near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Using data from the Very Large Telescope in Chile, among others, the researchers tracked how the stars moved as they went around the monster black hole. One of the stars, called S2, showed slight deviations in its orbit that might indicate relativistic effects, scientists said. If the observations are confirmed, then it...
  • Get Thee to the Path!

    08/10/2017 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 13 replies
    When the sun came up on May 28 in the year 585 BCE, the Medes and Lydians were still at war. They had been at each other’s throats for years, and it looked like there was no end in sight for their conflict. But something extraordinary happened on the battlefield that day, which changed everything. This episode also features an interview with Dr. Fred Espenak, an astrophysicist, and scientist emeritus at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Archeologists Find New Evidence of Lost City of Julias Near Sea of Galilee

    08/07/2017 9:27:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | August 7, 2017 | Rebecca Gibian
    After decades of searches by archeologists in the upper Jordan Valley, the lost Roman city of Julias, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus’s apostles Andrew, Peter and Philip, may have recently been unearthed. The discovery was made during excavations at Beit Habek, located in Bethsaida, by archeologist Dr. Mordechai Aviam, head of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archeology at Kinneret Academic College. Bethsaida was once a fishermen’s village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and is mentioned in several New Testament books as the home of at least three of Jesus’s most important apostles, reports the...
  • Al Gore’s Inconvenient Hypocrisy Part 2: Electricity Boogaloo

    08/04/2017 9:39:24 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 6 replies
    RedState ^ | August 4, 2017 | Brad Slager
    For the arrival of his second attempt at environmental agitprop the former Vice President has increased the Eleven years after winning the Academy Award for his “documentary” (ahem) film Al Gore returns today triumphantly to… Erm, no. Gore revisits his monumentally respected — … nope, that’s not it either. Gore continues to authoritatively lead the climate change movement as the — Stop it. Let’s just say it like it is: Al Gore attempts to further cash in with his Chicken Little doomsday palaver with another film promising spurious “science”. His original film “An Inconvenient Truth” first became the touchstone piece...
  • A Team of Scientists Just Made Food From Electricity — and it Could be the Solution to World Hunger

    07/31/2017 8:08:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Futurism ^ | July 26, 2017 | Tom Ward
    The Electric Bioreactor Farm Finnish researchers have created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a system powered by renewable energy. The entire process requires only electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes. The synthetic food was created as part of the Food From Electricity project, which is a collaboration between Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. After exposing the raw materials to electrolysis in a bioreactor, the process forms a powder that consists of more than 50 percent protein and 25 percent carbohydrates — the texture...
  • Free Republic Performance Lightning Fast, Thanks To Hard Work Of Jim Robinson And His Team

    07/30/2017 1:46:01 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 99 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 30 July 2017 | Steely Tom
    After many threads expressing frustration and dismay over Free Republic's responsiveness of recent days, I think it is worth observing that FR is today responding in a manner equal to or better than the best I've ever seen during the nearly twenty years it has been my favorite website. Congratulations, and Many Thanks, to Jim, John, and the rest of the management team of Free Republic, the best website on the internet.
  • 100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream

    07/27/2017 2:48:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    New Atlas ^ | July 26, 2017 | Loz Blain
    Desktop Metal – remember the name. This Massachussetts company is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3D metal printing system that's so much faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems that it's going to compete with traditional mass manufacturing processes. We've been hearing for years now about 3D printing and how it's going to revolutionize manufacturing. As yet, though, it's still on the periphery. Plenty of design studios and even home users run desktop printers, but the only affordable printing materials are cheap ABS plastics. And at the other end of the market, while organizations like NASA...
  • Trump donating second-quarter salary to education

    07/26/2017 7:58:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WSET-TV ^ | July 26, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is donating three months of his salary to the Department of Education. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump chose to give the department $100,000. His first quarter salary donation went to the Department of Interior. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the donation is being used to pay for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics camp sponsored by the department.....
  • BREAKING. President Trump Announces Ban On Transgender In Military

    07/26/2017 11:17:41 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 58 replies
    RedState ^ | July 26, 2017 | streiff
    As one of my platoon sergeants used to say, this is from the mouth of the horse(ref Trump tweets at link). Holy Common Sense, Batman. Barely a week ago, the military put off a decision on allowing the enlistment/commissioning of people suffering from the mental illness called ‘gender dysphoria.’ As I pointed out, the premise was insane. The military will not allow a person with braces to serve on active duty and the ongoing medical attention needed to manage orthodontics is nothing compared to that needed by transgenders in the pre-op and post-op stages. As far as I can tell,...
  • The 6 biggest reasons I’m a climate-change skeptic — and why you should be a skeptic too

    07/25/2017 2:47:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul 23, 2017 6:30 pm | Justin Haskins
    For nearly 30 years, some scientists and many liberal activists have been alleging that the world is on the verge of collapse because of humans’ use of fossil fuels, which they say have been causing global warming. For example, the San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) reported on June 30, 1989: “A senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos,...
  • Charlie Gard's Parents Demonstrate British Fortitude

    07/22/2017 8:11:38 PM PDT · by kathsua · 16 replies
    A Janitor's View ^ | 07/22/17 | Reasonmclucus
    Americans support Charlie Gard partly because his parents demonstrate the fortitude in the face of adversity that Americans have long admired in the British. Unfortunately for Charlie his doctors don't have that fortitude. The doctors prefer a white flag of surrender to a "stiff upper lip". If Charlie's parents had been in London during WWII they would have come out of the shelters between bombing raids and taken care of business. I don't know about his doctors. The decision by Charlie's parents to ask for American help repeats another British behavior. During the last century when "Mother England" needed help...
  • NanoGraphene Inc. Presents A Cutting-Edge Graphene Application

    07/22/2017 1:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Cision PR Newswire ^ | July 21, 2017
    NEW YORK, July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The introduction of nanotechnology in the cement industry has a lot of benefits, some of which include reduced emission, improved crack resistance, reduced water absorption, improved strength and ductility. NanoGraphene Inc. is putting construction industries at the forefront of graphene concrete application with its high quality, environmentally clean and waterless graphene. Graphene is a thin layer of pure carbon derived from graphite. It is a unique material which has a wide array of applications and possesses some distinct properties. It is strong, flexible and a good conductor of electricity, hence widely used in...
  • The Humanitarian Hoax of Climate Change: Killing America With Kindness

    07/21/2017 10:40:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/21/17 | Linda Goudsmit
    After 241 years of American freedom the world will be returned to the dystopian existence of masters and slaves because a willfully blind American public was seduced by the Humanitarian Hoax of climate change The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic. The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the disguised enemy. Obama, the humanitarian huckster-in-chief, weakened and politicized the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for eight years by presenting his crippling policies as altruistic when in fact they were designed for destruction. His...
  • Do British Understand Importance of Medical Research?

    07/18/2017 1:31:15 PM PDT · by kathsua · 6 replies
    A Janitor's View ^ | 07/12/17 | reasonmclucus
    The efforts of British medical personnel to prevent Charlie Gard from receiving experimental treatment implies they don't understand how important participating in medical research is. All medical treatments begin as experiments. Someone had to be the first to be treated for rabies. Someone had to be the first to receive a heart transplant. Sixty years ago my grandfather had experimental treatment for skin cancer on his face that didn't work as expected because, according to my dad, The doctor applied the radiation for too long. Decades later doctors used the knowledge they gained from treating my grandfather and others to...
  • Old Medicine vs. New Medicine

    07/17/2017 2:37:27 PM PDT · by kathsua · 3 replies
    A Janitor's View ^ | July 16, 2017 | Reasonmclucus
    Poor baby Charlie Gard and his parents are caught in the old battle between compassionless medical traditionalists who are satisfied with existing medical knowledge and the experimentalists who are trying to advance medical knowledge to reduce the number of disorders that cannot be successfully treated. Traditionalists who don't know how to treat disorders tend to deny the possibility that patients like Charlie whom they don't know how to treat can be treated by anyone. They are like selfish little children who don't want to let other children play with toys they aren't playing with at the time. Traditionalists would rather...
  • Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data

    07/16/2017 4:23:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 5, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.” “Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published [global average surface temperature (GAST)] data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician. The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to...