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The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food - Quartz

The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food - Quartz
Uber is slavery…Uber will add to traffic congestion…Uber destroys the savings of cab drivers… Hold the litany. Is this the incumbency speaking? And my name isn’t Marie Antoinette. I might get in trouble for this, but I’d like to add a drop of customer experience into the boiling broth of opinions about Uber. No warranties expressed or implied, my perspective is a limited one. After five decades of riding in taxis, both in my native Paris and my adopted Bay Area, I’ve had my share of interesting and sympathetic cabbies, most of whom are more than willing to share their life stories. Unfortunately, pleasant rides with charming drivers are rare exceptions in a succession of dirty Silicon Valley cabs with cracked windshields, duct taped seats, and noisy wheel bearings threatening to seize at any minute. Simply finding a cab can be an unpleasant, complicated experience. The memories must be deeply imprinted. Try doing that with a Paris cab. Actually, this isn’t so puzzling.

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Handheld 3D Bio-Pen Could Transform Implants Kyle Maxey posted on December 10, 2013 | Comment | 3804 views Researchers at the University of Wollogong in New South Wales, Australia, have created a Bio-Pen that could give surgeons the ability to build custom tailored osteo-implants during surgical procedures. Using a method dubbed “additive biofabrication,” the new BioPen works by placing live cells and growth factors directly onto chipped, broken or fractured bone and cartilage.

The green 3D printing materials we’ve been waiting for There’s no denying that 3D printing has moved beyond the laboratory and into the mainstream. We’ve seen 3D printed body parts, electronics, and toys. Although the technology has quickly become quite sophisticated, the materials used in 3D printers have been slow to catch up. Though the idea of print-you-own has big green implications, there’s nothing earth-friendly about an uptick in plastic junk floating around the planet. BBC Food - Where has all the goats' cheese gone? 13 January 2014Last updated at 03:34 By Michelle Warwicker BBC Food Goats' cheeses' popularity in Britain has increased significantly over the past five to 10 years Goats' cheese in the UK and other parts of Europe is in short supply. Just when did the niche dairy product become so popular with British cheese fans?

Video Showing the Huge Gap Between Super Rich and Everyone Else Goes Viral For much of the past decade, policymakers and analysts have decried America's incredibly low savings rate, noting that U.S. households save a fraction of the money of the rest of the world. Citing a myriad of causes -- from cheap credit to exploitative bank practices -- they've noted that the average family puts away less than 4 percent of its income. "Wealth Inequality in America," a six-minute video produced by a YouTube user named "Politizane," casts an interesting angle on the plummeting savings rate.

3D Scanning Smartphone App Kyle Maxey posted on December 09, 2013 | 1 Comment | 8304 views When we talk about 3D scanners, usually we’re referring to expensive, tripod or robot-assisted devices that cost several thousand dollars. Those days may be in the past, however, as researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an app that will allow any smartphone to accurately scan and display models in 3D. As of writing this, scientists at the University’s Computer Vision and Geometry (CVG) Lab have yet to give their app a name, but they have shared a number of details about their patent pending application.

Nasa tests 3D-printed rocket engine fuel injector 15 July 2013Last updated at 08:24 ET Nasa says 3D printing could one day be used by astronauts to make replacement parts Nasa has announced it has successfully tested a 3D-printed rocket engine part. The US space agency said that the injector component could be made more quickly and cheaply using the technique. Self-cleaning Dinnerware Innventia’s researchers in collaboration with the design agency Tomorrow Machine developed three demonstrators for the Swedish Forest Industries Federation inspired by Ekoportal2035. Their objective is to show visions of the future created by original material concepts. In the future, cellulose will be a natural part of everything from high-tech products to everyday objects. By changing the way wood based cellulose is processed, it is possible to obtain properties that we previously tought was impossible. Self-cleaning Dinnerware was inspired by Ekoportal2035 and was created using some of the new material concepts developed within Innventia’s industrial research programs. The prototype tableware was made to showcase the qualities of a new cellulose-based material developed by Innventia, which is light but strong and can be moulded into double-curved surfaces.

The Unexpected Benefits of Rapid Prototyping - Roger Martin by Roger Martin | 9:00 AM February 11, 2014 I had the great pleasure of hosting my dear friend David Kelley for a talk and on-stage conversation at the Rotman School last week. Apart from designing objects like the first commercial mouse, David is famous for being one of the earliest proponents of user-centered design and for being the originator of the concept of rapid, iterative prototyping. Get Ready: 3D Printing Will Explode Next Year, When Key Patents Expire - Christopher Mims Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing company Shapeways. These patents cover a technology known as “laser sintering,” the lowest-cost 3D printing technology. Because of its high resolution in all three dimensions, laser sintering can produce goods that can be sold as finished products. Whenever someone talks about 3D printing revolutionizing manufacturing, they’re talking about the kinds of goods produced by, for example, the industrial-grade 3D printing machines used by Shapeways.

Food trends in 2014: from digital dining to healthy junk food It is a blustery winter morning in Mayfair, London, and 100 or so well-heeled representatives from the advertising and retail worlds are huddled in a lecture theatre at the Royal Institution. This is the future of food, according to Stylus, an "innovation, research and advisory firm" that scours global markets to pinpoint the most influential emerging trends for companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Bacardi and Hotel Chocolat. Digital dining Edible QR code at Harney Sushi.