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Printing off the paper. Imagine being able to “print” an entire house.

Printing off the paper

Or a four-course dinner. Or a complete mechanical device such as a cuckoo clock, fully assembled and ready to run. Or a printer capable of printing … yet another printer? Artificial blood vessels created on a 3D printer. 16 September 2011Last updated at 11:49 By Katia Moskvitch Technology reporter, BBC News Artificial blood vessels could help those in urgent need of an organ transplant Artificial blood vessels made on a 3D printer may soon be used for transplants of lab-created organs.

Artificial blood vessels created on a 3D printer

Until now, the stumbling block in tissue engineering has been supplying artificial tissue with nutrients that have to arrive via capillary vessels. Dwarf galaxies suggest dark matter theory may be wrong. 16 September 2011Last updated at 18:47 By Leila Battison Science reporter, Bradford Dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way are less dense than they should be if they held cold dark matter Scientists' predictions about the mysterious dark matter purported to make up most of the mass of the Universe may have to be revised.

Dwarf galaxies suggest dark matter theory may be wrong

Research on dwarf galaxies suggests they cannot form in the way they do if dark matter exists in the form that the most common model requires it to. Bridges are Acoustic Information. Animals in the Optoelectronic Metropolis. [Image: LEVEL 1 from "Theriomorphous Cyborg" by Simone Ferracina].

Animals in the Optoelectronic Metropolis

Last week, while I was lost in the process of moving east from Los Angeles to New York City, the Animal Architecture Awards were announced, a design competition for which I was proud to serve on the jury. I'll be posting at least two of the projects here, starting with what was ultimately the competition winner: a project called "Theriomorphous Cyborg" by Simone Ferracina. Animal Architecture Awards Announced! Animal Architecture is proud to announce the winning entries for the 2011 Animal Architecture Awards.

Animal Architecture Awards Announced!

We had an amazing group of projects from all corners of the Globe and an exciting mix of fantastical, plausible and built projects that reinterpret the way we Human animals might interact with our companion species. Congratulations to all of the entrants! Job well done! Each project will be published in more detail here on Animal Architecture within the coming weeks (and look for more information about an upcoming exhibition of the work).

Again, congratulations to all of our contestants! Farmland World. [Image: "Farmland World" by Design With Company (Allison Newmeyer and Stewart Hicks)].

Farmland World

Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber Reinforce Evolution Theories - Hans Villarica - Life. Protofeather fossils discovered entombed in amber from the Late Cretaceous era support theories of dinosaur and avian evolution -- and make for one beautiful gallery Dinosaur and bird feathers preserved in amber from a Late Cretaceous site in Canada reveal new insights into the structure, function, and color of animals that date back to about 78 million years ago.

Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber Reinforce Evolution Theories - Hans Villarica - Life

Researchers led by University of Alberta paleontologist Ryan McKellar say these specimens represent distinct stages of feather evolution, from early-stage, single filament protofeathers to much more complex structures associated with modern diving birds. The End of Books: Ikea Is Changing Shelves To Reflect Changing Demand. If you needed any more proof that the age of dead-tree books is over take a look at these alarming style changes at Ikea: the furniture manufacturer’s iconic BILLY bookcase – the bookcase that everyone put together when they got their first apartment and, inevitably, pounded the nails wrong into – is becoming deeper and more of a curio cabinet.

The End of Books: Ikea Is Changing Shelves To Reflect Changing Demand

Why? The psychopathic neurobiologist. 3 Day Egyptian Maker Space - Expanding the Maker Movement by Bilal Ghalib. Makin' It: Julian Lynch, Musician and Ethnomusicologist - Business. Welcome to Makin' It, GOOD Business’ look at how people with excellent jobs found themselves pursuing the work they love.

Makin' It: Julian Lynch, Musician and Ethnomusicologist - Business

You’ll be jealous, but you’ll pick up some tips, too. Julian Lynch is one of our favorite people making music right now, and a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Between moments deep in the books, Julian was gracious enough to talk to us about how he came to study one of the coolest disciplines in academia and about how being a full-time student affects his life and music. Does school always win out when balancing the demands of your own music? The two seem, at least superficially, so mutually reinforcing. I actually started working on my next record a few weeks ago. African Entrepreneurs Are Making Ghana Into a Tech Startup Hub - Technology. Step aside, Silicon Valley and Bangalore.

African Entrepreneurs Are Making Ghana Into a Tech Startup Hub - Technology

A group of aspiring web entrepreneurs in Ghana are looking to turn Accra into the newest startup hub. The nonprofit World Wide Web Foundation is working with local developers through a training program called Mobile Web Ghana to give participants the business and technology skills they need to leverage ideas into successful mobile web companies. The program kicks off its second training session today, and graduates from the first session in February have already produced 10 different mobile products. Cheaper Solar Panels Are Causing a Solar Boom - Environment. Solar power keeps getting cheaper, providing a real incentive for businesses to cut down on carbon emissions. As prices for solar panels have dropped, more companies and utilities in the United States have looked at their options and decided this could be a good time to invest in solar. In the past couple of months, the falling price of solar panels has driven “a significant increase” in solar development across the U.S., according to Solarbuzz, which tracks solar projects in the pipeline.

Novelists Predict Future With Eerie Accuracy. The 10 Youngest Power Men In Africa - Forbes. Zara Accused Of Alleged 'Slave Labor' In Brazil. Retro 1970s Solar Vacation House by Michael Jantzen is Still Relevant. Michael Jantzen is best known for his M-House and his other transformer houses that have been everywhere on the net, but on his website is a link to some of his older projects, from the seventies, and he did amazing work. In an interview on his greenhouses and building technologies, he describes how he used cheap and basic agricultural components to build a lovely little solar vacation house, shown here. He writes: "The Solar Vacation House was primarily made from agricultural components, which included a half of a grain silo roof, and corrugated metal siding.

The structure was passively solar heated through south facing plastic bubble windows, a sliding glass door, and a large translucent fiberglass sloping roof. " Image Credit: Michael Jantzen. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Google Earth Tour. September 7, 2011EOL Visited 1067 times , 2 Visits today Atlantic Bluefin can weigh up to 1,000 pounds (454 kgs), and swim up to 45 mph (72 km/ph). Scientist wondered where these tuna were going and turned to electronic tagging to follow them. They were surprised at what they discovered. You can experience the daily life of a bluefin tuna in this Google Earth Tour video, or download the Google Earth file. 1,5 milliard d’euros de plomberie.

Veolia, Suez, la Saur ne paieraient pas pour la remise en état du réseau français d'eau potable. Le député expert sur le sujet propose de faire payer les collectivités locales et les usagers. Rencontre autour d'une facture de 1,5 milliard. Le député le plus impliqué dans les affaires d’approvisionnement en eau, André Flajolet (UMP, Pas-de-Calais), voudrait faire payer les usagers et les collectivités locales pour remettre en état le réseau d’eau potable français. Ses défauts d’entretien laissent s’échapper dans la nature près de 22% d’eau. Le chantier est évalué à 1,5 milliard d’euros. Pour le financer, le parlementaire, rapporteur de la Loi sur l’eau de 2006 et président du Comité national de l’eau, privilégie l’émission de prêts à taux zéro via la Caisse des dépôts et consignation. Entre 3 et 10 milliards d’euros de « négligences » Une pratique rendue illégale par la loi de 2006, dont André Flajolet était rapporteur. De la buée sur les compteurs. Blog Archive » Living Infrastructure.

Earth’s rarest metals ranked in a new 'risk list' Du "greenwashing" durable. Rio+20 must 'unenvironmentalise' green issues, says G77 negotiator. Close Read: What Jackie Said. Urbanisation's varying impacts on ecosystem services. 13 September 2011Last updated at 09:11 By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News, Sheffield Loss of green spaces can exacerbate extreme flooding events, the study shows.

Glowing cats shed light on Aids. 12 September 2011Last updated at 12:38. Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time. The secret life of pronouns - science-in-society - 07 September 2011. Read full article. The Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees. Narco Polo » Blog Archive » Smokers Cost You Money and Other Asinine Anti-Smoking Lies. September 8th, 2011 | drugs , tobacco | 4 Comments » Adrian Woods.