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August 28th, 2017

On the side of the angels

Vittorio Scarpati lay dying in Manhattans Cabrini Medical Center for five months before finally succumbing to Aids in 1989, one of the thousands of New Yorkers to fall victim to the epidemic that ravaged the cityand the wider worldin the 1980s and 1990s. In those months, Scarpati, a 34-year-old cartoonist and artist from Italy, filled notebooks with hundreds of felt-tip …Continue reading →

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Jenny Holzer: Words of Conflict

Jenny Holzer has put words in unexpected places for nearly 40 years. Her texts have been flyposted across buses and boats, flashed across electronic billboards and, when she was the first woman to represent the US at the Venice Biennale in 1990, engraved into the US Pavilions marble floor. The Ohio-born artist has projected verses of poetry onto the banks …Continue reading →

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New method for bone-like shell & infill optimization results in stronger 3D printed parts

Researchers from the Technical University of Delft and the Technical University of Denmark have developed a new way to create bone-like porous infill in 3D printed parts. The technique can be achieved on several kinds of 3D printer. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2wNgDHX

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Texas museums brace for full impact of Hurricane Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter south-eastern Texas with torrential rain, potentially displacing thousands of residents in Houston and the surrounding area. Most museums across the region remain closed and many took precautions before the storm to protect their collections and staff. This page will be updated with replies from institutions as they come in. The Museum of Fine Art, …Continue reading →

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UKs Royal Navy could develop mysterious 3D printed submarines that look like stingrays

Engineers have proposed a number of futuristic concepts for new Royal Navy vehicles and weapons. Their designs include a 3D printed stingray-like submarine and swarms of fish-shaped torpedoes. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2wj7Z0Q

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How to cast metal parts directly using a 3D printed High Temp resin mold

Most makers will have experimented with using 3D printing to make molds for casting. Whether it’s making a 3D printed mold for festive chocolates, or using lost wax or PLA casting to make strong parts, the processes of 3D printing and casting have often been used in combination. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2givGTe

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MCA Chicago makes the most of Murakami merch mania

The demand for Murakami merchandise at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago shows no signs of letting up. With just a few weeks left before the travelling retrospective Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg closes on 24 September, the museums shop continues to roll out new items, including limited edition prints that sell out as soon as they …Continue reading →

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South Africa’s first legal auction of rhinoceros horn fails to attract buyers

South Africa’s first legal, online auction of rhinoceros hornsprized by some collectors but banned for international trade due to the animals threatened statusdrew few bidders. The three-day auction, which closed Friday 25 August, was hosted by Pretoria-based Van’s Auctioneers. On offer were 264 pieces of rhino horn, weighing a total of 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds), consigned by rhino breeder John Hume, …Continue reading →

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Brazils Embrapa lab adopts 3D bioprinting tech to advance agricultural research

Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology’s Laboratory of Nanobiotechnology (LNANO) in Brasilia, Brazil has announced the recent adoption of 3D bioprinting technologies. According to researchers from the lab, the center’s new bioprinters will enable them to manufacture increasingly complex and realistic biological structures for agricultural research. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2vD3MDj

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Lobster shells inspire electrified 3D printed body armor that could prevent sports injuries

Engineers from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering are using 3D printed armor inspired by lobsters to prevent sports injuries. The lobster-like printed armor could be particularly useful for preventing chronic traumatic encephalopathy. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2vDmjPU

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