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October 19th, 2017

New design for more efficient solar cells takes inspiration from black butterfly wings and 3D printing

Have you heard the theory about a butterfly’s wings flapping in one part of the the world and causing a hurricane in another? A recent 3D printing development influenced by the moth’s more colourful cousin could prove to be a major contribution to the future of our climate, and in this case the butterfly didn’t even have to do anything. …Continue reading →

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3D Printing News Roundup: Sciaky and Altem Tech win awards, NuVasive launches new 3D printed implant, more

Here’s your 3D printing news roundup for October 19, 2017. In it you’ll find news from EBAM inventor Sciaky, India-based Altem Technologies, 3D printed medical implant company NuVasive, and methane conversion researchers from Montana State University. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2zBJVYj

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Smart Club Mini-arm: The World’s Smallest DIY Robot Arm

An educational and recreational DIY robot arm with 6 motors, Bluetooth, and block programming. – [currently $0 (0%) of $10,000 goal] via Technology (latest) :: Kicktraq, http://ift.tt/2gsWnoA

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New Matter launches 30% faster MOD-t 3D printer on Kickstarter, starting at $199

New Matter, the 3D printer startup that brought us the low-cost MOD-t desktop printer in 2014, is now back and better than ever with the launch of its second-generation MOD-t. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2gt6Osf

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Keratin, proteins from 54 million-year-old sea turtle show survival trait evolution

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Lund University in Sweden and the University of Hyogo in Japan have retrieved original pigment, beta-keratin and muscle proteins from a 54 million-year-old sea turtle hatchling. The work adds to the growing body of evidence supporting persistence of original molecules over millions of years and also provides direct evidence that a pigment-based survival trait …Continue reading →

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Early global greenhouse event gave rise to fire-adapted trees

Conifers that were living at the South Pole show an extreme adaptation to forest fires. Until now, the origin of this ability has been unknown from the fossil record. But scientists have now found fossil evidence showing that many tree species from 100 million years ago were not only protected from fire, but they may have required fire to reproduce …Continue reading →

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Group: Orangutan orphans a sign of habitat destruction

The discovery last week of two orphaned baby orangutans on Borneo is further evidence that deforestation and illegal hunting are threatening survival of the great apes, an Indonesian conservation group said Monday. A recently rescued baby orangutan plays with a keeper at Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Central  Kalimantan, Indonesia. An Indonesian conservation group says the discovery of two …Continue reading →

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‘Hungry bear’ crisis grips far east Russian region

Large numbers of hungry, aggressive bears are approaching humans and have killed two people in Russia’s far east due to depleting food sources, a forestry worker told AFP Monday. Russian forestry officials said 86 bears had to be shot dead because they were hostile  [Credit: AFP/Patrick Hertzog]Authorities on Sakhalin island last week said 83 bears had to be shot dead …Continue reading →

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First observations of merging neutron stars mark a new era in astronomy

Two months ago, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) notified astronomers around the world of the possible detection of gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars. From that moment on August 17, the race was on to detect a visible counterpart, because unlike the colliding black holes responsible for LIGO’s four previous detections of gravitational waves, this …Continue reading →

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‘Gods of the Etruscans’ at the Archaeological Museum, Frankfurt

An unknown world full of gods and daemons, in conjunction with secret rituals: even in Antiquity, the cults and burial practices of the Etruscans were regarded as unique. Right up to the modern day, the discoveries from etruscan shrines and graves fascinate both scientists and lay-people. The temporary exhibition leads the visitor on a journey to this multi-faceted world of …Continue reading →

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