NASA is preparing to test new satellite refueling technology on the International Space Station. It names human exploration of distant space as a motivator. Read more »
Printing in full color is generally a privilege limited to professional and high-end consumer 3D printers. Spectrom could change that. Read more »
Depending on if you live in an urban or rural location, recycling plastic into filament could save 3 to 80 percent of the energy it would take to send it to a traditional recycling center. Read more »
Instead of commercial aspirations, SpaceIL wants to inspire a future generation of scientists. It is among 18 teams striving to reach the moon by the end of 2015. Read more »
SU targets recent graduates, executives and startups with a curriculum and support focused on fast-changing technologies. Its goal is clear: shape the world’s discourse on inventions that could radically change the way we live. Read more »
A Northwestern University graduate student has discovered a new way to produce graphene by working with silver’s unique properties. Read more »
With the toy industry stagnating due to competition from digital games, Lego is among the companies looking at 3D printing as a potential fix. The Danish plastic brick manufacturer told The Financial Times that it is considering “what potential opportunities there are for consumers.” Legos are very easy to print on home 3D printers (in fact, some people are already printing them). 3D printing also opens up the opportunity for highly customized shapes, which could expand what people are able to make. But Lego isn’t considering 3D printing bricks itself; it’s more about printing them efficiently, and currently prints about 2,000 bricks a second.
Planet Labs’ CubeSats aren’t the only satellites being released from the International Space Station this month. Lithuania, for example, just released its first two satellites ever. Read more »
The tiny sensor also powers itself with TV signals, which already fill the air around us. The team behind the device says it could have big applications for the internet of things. Read more »
Meta’s MetaPro Glasses are coming this summer, and they look like they will be a big competitor in the augmented reality space. The Palo Alto startup released a video today showcasing how the glasses work, including a demonstration of how they can be used to design a 3D object and then begin making it on a 3D printer. An actor in the video also uses his hands to smash together a virtual sun and moon with fiery results.
The flock works similar to natural flocks, where creatures like birds and insects respond to each other in real time to avoid collisions. Read more »
Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s deal will adapt a laser cutting machine made by Cincinnati Inc. to print polymer objects. Read more »
Google invites developers and other interested people to apply to attend an April conference. Participants can attend in person in Mountain View or online. Read more »
For the first time, the vast majority of the planets found are smaller than Jupiter, including many Earth-sized planets. Read more »
A chance connection over the internet has spawned multiple efforts to provide 3D printed hands at an extremely low cost. Read more »
Using the 3Doodler left my hand achy and tired. The Dim3W has a slimmer profile, which could make it significantly easier to use. Read more »
Every time SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to Earth, it crashes heavily into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a crude but effective way to cushion the rocket’s landing. SpaceX wants to make the Falcon 9’s return to Earth more gentle by adding landing legs, which eventually could allow it to land on solid ground. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the rocket with attached legs today, and stated in another tweet that the company will begin testing the feature next month. The Falcon 9 will continue to land in the ocean for now, but use the legs to soften the impact.
4 AXYZ reveals the aesthetics of its additive manufactured furniture and explains how it can make a smart window smarter. Read more »
The five-foot-tall bot can be paired with a software suite that helps officials crunch data from social media, crime reports and the robot. Read more »
Southern Stars knew how to build a CubeSat. But getting it to space and communicating with it once it was there turned out to be more difficult than expected. Read more »
iRobot’s latest cleaning robot left my floors nice and shiny, but it doesn’t have some of the Roomba’s best features. Read more »
Carbon fiber is difficult to work with. In order to keep its strong, long strands of carbon intact, it must be pieced together by hand. A 3D printer could change that. Read more »
Competing startups can win cash, mentoring and legal services. The winner will be announced May 20. Read more »
NASA’s Curiosity rover drives over the rocky surface of Mars on aluminum wheels, which are becoming pockmarked with holes much faster than predicted. This week, NASA decided to go ahead and drive the rover backward for 329 feet; a technique developed during testing on Earth to better preserve the wheels. The agency also reassessed Curiosity’s route to Mount Sharp, where the rover is expected to find water-related minerals, to be easier on the aluminum.
The researchers used a mix of inks that, together, can form living tissue that could be used to test new drugs. Read more »
The Pittsburgh-based company will send a lander to the moon next year, when it will also deliver customer cargo to space, lunar orbit and the moon’s surface. Read more »
Astrobotic and Moon Express have a shot at all three categories, which cover landing, moving on the surface of the moon and imaging. Read more »
Researchers implanted electrodes in a master monkey’s brain and an unconscious avatar monkey’s spine, allowing the master to move a joystick with the avatar’s hand. Read more »
The printer is still a prototype, but 12 year old Shubham Banerjee hopes it can help people in developing nations have easier access to a printer. Read more »
Chuck Hull of 3D Systems invented the first-ever 3D printer in the early 1980s. The first thing he printed? A tiny cup that could serve as an eye wash, according to a CNN interview. The printer worked similarly to its descendants today: a laser seals together particles of material to build an object layer by layer.
For $20 a month, startup pharmacy PillPack will deliver your drug prescriptions by mail. The service relies on a team of robots that dispense and inspect packets filled with patients’ daily doses. The packets are designed to make it simple for patients to keep track of if they have taken their pills.
The AliveCor monitor communicates with a companion app, which can connect patients with professionals for an ECG analysis within 24 hours. Read more »
The robots, built by a Harvard team, each work autonomously. A swarm can have any number of robots and still work exactly the same. Read more »
Five months after Kickstarter backers awarded 3D scanner maker Fuel3D with more than $325,000, private investors have chipped in with an additional $2.6 million in early stage financing. Fuel3D said the money will go toward development of its scanner. The company will also pursue another financing round before the summer and potentially file for an IPO as soon as next year.
The work out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is promising, but researchers still have a long road ahead of them before the technology comes anywhere near to commercial viability. Read more »
Just two months after landing on the moon, China’s first moon rover has been declared permanently broken. Jade Rabbit began having problems late last month, and operators were unable to restore it to working order. New Scientist reports that the failure is likely due to a mechanical fault that led to the rover exposing its sensitive equipment to cold nighttime temperatures. The fault may have been caused by lunar dust, which can quickly scratch up equipment.
Researchers demonstrated that the robot, which is maneuvered by a set of magnets, could push around soft materials like gel and stiff materials like chips. Read more »
Two to four satellites will be released each day to cut down on confusion and ensure they are spaced out nicely around the Earth. Read more »
Planetary Ventures LLC will likely be charged with restoring Hangar One and operating the affiliated airfield. Read more »
Images sent back to Earth by NASA’s Mars orbiters show a curious feature: long black lines that scientists believe could have been created by flowing liquid water. While Mars is too cold for the fresh and salt water that fills Earth’s oceans and lakes, water on Mars could contain chemicals that act as an antifreeze, allowing it to stay liquid. Scientists have noticed that the flows happen seasonally. It’s possible that there is no water involved at all, but they aren’t yet sure how that could be explained.