Scientists use Martian dust to 3D print tools

Food and transportation aren’t the only aspects of a mission to Mars scientists must consider. Limited cargo space means to obtain tools or similar items, astronauts may need to make use of resources available on the red planet – like dirt. Four Northwestern University researchers were recently able to utilize a Martian dust simulant to 3D print building blocks and tools.

NASA started looking into space 3D printers back in 2013 to manufacture repair parts or tools. Now Northwestern scientists have used lunar and Martian dust simulants approved by NASA to 3D print tools in a process the university described as simple, scalable, and sustainable.

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The Jetsons’ world of 3D print

When I was a kid I always wondered about how cool it would be if we could live in the world of the popular American animated sitcom The Jetsons. The show aired from 1962 to 1963, but the cartoon was set 100 years in the future. As it sometimes turns out with sci-fi stories, the future becomes reality. The Jetsons featured 3D printing, tablets, holograms, smart watches, flying cars and other strange inventions. While the flying cars may not have become a reality quite yet – they are testing drones as a method of delivery – I used to love the Jetsons’ food replicator that could churn out anything from asparagus to stroganoff. This now is a reality with companies like Foodini and CojoJet making it possible to create delicious 3D-printed entrées and desserts with the press of a button.

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This bricklaying bot could be the architect of the future

If you want curves like this, you’ll need a robot. Designed by architects Archi-Union, the undulating exterior of the Chi She Gallery in Shanghai was made using an adapted car-manufacturing robot. “We used digital tools to transform geometry data to digital-fabrication data,” says Li Han, chief architectural designer at Archi-Union, who spent five years making the cyborg helper.

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Company wants to make plastic roads that can be made in a factory

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The Anthropocene epoch, as some scientists believe we’re living in, is defined by how drastically humans have altered the Earth with mining, roadways, and other earthworks.  Engineers are now testing plastic roads that can be installed and removed incredibly quickly.   Continue reading… “Company wants to make plastic roads that can be made in a factory”

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Amazing and terrifying views from this house hidden in a cliff

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‘Casa Brutale’ is a striking house design created by two Greek architects that perfectly complements the powerful concrete style known as brutalism – they’ve embedded their luxury brutalist home into a cliff, creating a severe yet inviting structure with an at once beautiful and terrifying view.   Continue reading… “Amazing and terrifying views from this house hidden in a cliff”

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World’s first 3D-printed office building announced in Dubai, and it looks amazing

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It is a fair bet that most people’s workplace looks nothing like this.  We currently only have the architectural plans to go off, but the world’s first 3D-printed office building currently proposed for construction in Dubai looks pretty darn cool.   Continue reading… “World’s first 3D-printed office building announced in Dubai, and it looks amazing”

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Why women are leaving science, engineering, and tech jobs

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80% of the women say they love their work, yet many still report barriers to getting to the top.

Women in the U.S. who are working in the science, engineering, and tech fields are 45% more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within the year, according to recent research from the Center for Talent Innovation.

 

 

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Top 15 emerging agriculture technologies that will change the world

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Automation will help agriculture via large-scale robotic and microrobots.

Below are 15 emerging technologies related to agricultural and natural manufacturing under four key areas of accelerating change: Sensors, Food, Automation and Engineering.

 

 

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Massive open online courses are transforming higher education and science

MOOCs: Internet-based teaching programs are designed to handle thousands of students simultaneously.

Engineering, science, and technology have at the forefront of the massive open online course movement.  These classes also are providing fodder for scientific research on learning.

 

 

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How human enhancement will impact the future of work

The term ‘human enhancement’ encompasses a range of approaches that may be used to improve aspects of human function.

The Royal Society looks at Human enhancement and the future of work. The project explored potential enhancements arising from advances in science and engineering that are likely to impact on the future of work.

 

 

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