3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

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Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles.

If Jim Kor’s dream is realized, that’s exactly how the next generation of urban runabouts will be produced. His creation is called the Urbee 2 and it could revolutionize parts manufacturing while creating a cottage industry of small-batch automakers intent on challenging the status quo.

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What most schools don’t teach

Learn about a new “superpower” that isn’t being taught in in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott.

GPS Sensor Tags That Make Cowboys And Fences Obsolete

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New research focuses on virtual fencing, a concept by which farmers could control their livestock using GPS-controlled electronic sensors (a bit like an electronic dog collar). The technology has the potential to make farms more environmentally sustainable, by allowing farmers to manage where their cattle graze, and to cut down on the manual labor involved with rebuilding fences.

“It never made sense to me that we use static tools to manage dynamic resources,” says Anderson, who runs the Jornada Experimental Range in New Mexico. At Jornada, he’s prototyping devices that give cows a small shock as they run up against an electronically defined border. There are quite a few challenges with figuring out what every animal responds to and how they learn.

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