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First population-scale sequencing project explores platypus history

The platypus is the ultimate evolutionary mashup of birds, reptiles and mammals. The iconic, egg-laying, venom producing, duck-billed platypus first had its genome sequenced in 2008, revealing its unique genetic makeup and its divergence from the rest of the mammals around 160 million years ago. The platypus is the ultimate evolutionary mashup of birds, reptiles and mammals. A new study …Continue reading →


Amazon deforestation is close to tipping point

Deforestation of the Amazon is about to reach a threshold beyond which the region’s tropical rainforest may undergo irreversible changes that transform the landscape into degraded savanna with sparse shrubby plant cover and low biodiversity. Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil [Credit: © luoman]This warning derives from an editorial published in the journal Science Advances. The article was …Continue reading →


Glacier mass loss passes the point of no return, researchers report

Researchers show in a recent study that the further melting of glaciers cannot be prevented in the current century — even if all emissions were stopped now. However, due to the slow reaction of glaciers to climate change, our behavior has a massive impact beyond the 21st century: In the long run, five hundred meters by car with a mid-range …Continue reading →


Cosmologists create largest simulation of galaxy formation, break their own record

Humans have long tried to explain how stars came to light up the night sky. The wide array of theories throughout history have one common (and correct) governing principle that astrophysicists still use to this day: by understanding the stars and their origins, we learn more about where we come from. Composite which combines gas temperature (as the color) and …Continue reading →


Thawing permafrost produces more methane than expected

Methane (CH4) is a potent greenhouse gas, which is roughly 30 times more harmful to the climate than carbon dioxide (CO2). Both gases are produced in thawing permafrost as dead animal and plant remains are decomposed. However, methane is only formed if no oxygen is available. Until now, it was assumed that larger amounts of greenhouse gases are formed when …Continue reading →


3D printed metallic glass could result in more efficient electric motors

Researchers at North Carolina State University have 3D printed iron-based amorphous metal (metallic glass) alloys that could be used to make more efficient electric motors and other devices. The researchers produced iron alloy on a scale 15 times larger than its critical casting thickness. via,


Hackrod closer to customized 3D printed cars following Siemens PLM collab

Custom car company Hackrod has partnered with Siemens PLM Software with the intention of democratizing engineering design and manufacturing, giving consumers the chance to design their own 3D printed cars. Hackrod is creating a partially 3D printed speedster called “La Bandita.” via,


Europes first 3D printed house to take up residence in Milans iconic Piazza Cesare Beccaria this April

Engineering company Arup and CLS Architects have announced plans to present what is being heralded as “Europe’s first 3D printed one-bedroom house” at the upcoming Salone del Mobile design showcase in Milan. The event, hosted from April 17 to 22, will feature the 3D printed home in Milan’s central Piazza Cesare Beccaria, where guests can admire its 3D printed structure. …Continue reading →


Massivit 1500 Exploration: new large-format 3D printer with instant-cure Gel Dispensing tech

Massivit 3D has launched the Massivit 1500 Exploration, a large-format 3D printer that uses the company’s Gel Dispensing Printing technology to produce lightweight, hollow pieces up to 1450 x 1170 x 1470 mm in size. via,


Earwig wings inspire origami-like 3D printed foldable structures

As someone who is terrified of earwigs (really, they are my least favorite critter), learning that they could fly this morning was a bit traumatic. Fortunately, its not all bad news, as researchers from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Purdue University in Indiana have been drawing inspiration from earwig wings and using 3D printing to learn more about origami design …Continue reading →


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