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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Lucas123 Then it happens less in science than in general (349 comments)

The study the level of sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments... was 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault. According to a study by the CDC, 51.9 percent of surveyed women and 66.4 percent of surveyed men said they were physically assaulted as a child by an adult caretaker and/or as an adult by any type of attacker. More than half (54 percent) of the female rape victims identified by the survey were younger than age 18 when they experienced their first attempted or completed rape. Violence against women is primarily intimate partner violence: 64.0 percent of the women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. In comparison, only 16.2 percent of the men who reported being raped and/or physically assaulted since age 18 were victimized by such a perpetrator. Study: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles...

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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Lucas123 Familiar story line (307 comments)

The Stardate is 5423.4. The Federation starship Enterprise arrives at the planet Gideon to begin diplomatic relations and invite the inhabitants to join the Federation. Gideon is reported to be a virtual paradise where the people live incredibly long lives in a nearly germ-free environment, but they refuse to allow anyone but Captain James Kirk from the Enterprise, to beam down. Upon beaming down, however, Kirk learns that the population has exploded to the point where the planet can barely contain the populace. Gideon's leaders plan is to infect the people with a human virus in an attempt to "control" the overpopulation problem caused by the people's long lifespans in a germ-free environment. So, as I see it, the problem is easily solved. Find a alien with a virus for which we have no cure.

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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Lucas123 Of course they do (947 comments)

When people learn critical thinking skills, they tend to automatically dismiss ignorant, hate-centered dogmas.

2 days ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Lucas123 Does any one see it? (269 comments)

The irony. The smart people couldn't figure out what makes someone smart... perhaps because they were using the wrong parameters.

about a week ago
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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

Lucas123 Re:Seriously? (62 comments)

How very open-minded of you. You see someone questioning the conditions of a "scientific experiment" and immediately attempt to reduce them to a social stereotype. I'm sure you're a marvelous scientist in your own mind.

about three weeks ago
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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

Lucas123 Seriously? (62 comments)

You put an amphibious fish on land and it develops its fin muscles for walking and you keep one in water and their muscles develop for swimming... and this was the big discovery?

about three weeks ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

Lucas123 Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

Over the past four decades, we've seen squat in the form of treatment for diabetes other than improving the delivery of insulin delivery for diabetics, which has been around since the 1920s. Honestly, it almost seems as if the insulin market is just too lucrative to allow a real cure for Type 1 diabetes. We march on continuing to watch little children struggle with this disease through adulthood and often succumb to an early death because of it. C'mon scientific community. Get your collective heads our of your arses and curse this.

about 3 months ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

Lucas123 Actually, a gun is a useful machine (490 comments)

As the company Solid Concepts discovered, 3D printing metal guns demonstrates the ability to create fined machine parts that are also durable.

about 4 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

Lucas123 Honestly? (323 comments)

This is the best idea the lead engineer on the NASA JPL's Curiosity rover mission could come up with? Find worm holes or send 3D printers to other planets. Ugh.

about 4 months ago
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

Lucas123 Prototype? (166 comments)

You don't sell prototypes to the public. That's called a production model.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Lucas123 Rocky V (403 comments)

Another Star Wars sequel shouldn't be made in the first place. You can only take a movie story line so far and then you're just milking nostalgia for the sake of box office returns with no art or soul. The first three movies were perfection. Enough already.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Lucas123 Wouldn't that be a shame (626 comments)

So no more end-of-the-month speed traps by police departments to balance their budgets? Whatever will our police departments do for money? Reminds me of the outcry when The National Maximum Speed Law was eventually disregarded by almost every state and they raised their respective speed limits back up to 65mph on most highways -- because lowering it to 55mph did nothing to reduce accidents. Oh, the funds staties lost.

about 3 months ago
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle

Lucas123 I'll find it, but it ain't goin' to be cheap (93 comments)

Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go... If you want to get your deep sea vehicle back, then ante up. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

about 4 months ago
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Star Cluster Ejected From Galaxy At 2,000,000 MPH

Lucas123 For the last time (133 comments)

Don't come back!

about 5 months ago
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Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

Lucas123 Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (399 comments)

I don't believe most people will want technology in their watches. They wear them for time telling and fashion, not connectivity. Thinks about G-Force watches. How many people do you see wearing those these days? Same goes for eyeglasses. They won't be a big seller because people simply don't want to walk around with a heads-up screen in front of their face. Having that technology in your pocket is good enough. I have all the latest technology in my home, but I wear a Swiss watch because of its fine craftsmanship, great looks, and because it's one of the few things around me NOT dependent on the WWW.

about 5 months ago
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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

Lucas123 Re:Bill Nye is creepy and weird (220 comments)

In fact, his only actual degree is a Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering.

about 6 months ago
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Origins of Blarney Stone Revealed

Lucas123 It always amazed me (47 comments)

People are willing to allow a complete stranger to hold them while they slide over the side of a 90-foot wall in order to share in the bacteria and viruses of thousands of others on the oft change they'll be given the ability deceive people without offending them.

about 6 months ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

Lucas123 Re: I'm still incensed (152 comments)

Actually, I'd prefer the CIA keep tabs on Feinstein.

about 6 months ago

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Why the iPhone 6 Maintained the Same Base Memory as the iPhone 5

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  12 hours ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "When the iPhone 5 was launched two years ago, the base $199 (with wireless plan) model came with 16GB of flash memory. Fast forward to this week when the iPhone 6 was launched with the same capacity. Now consider that the cost of 16GB of NAND flash has dropped by more than 13% over the past two years. So why would Apple increase capacity on its $299 model iPhone 6 to 64GB (eliminating the 32GB model), but but keep the 16GB in the $199 model? The answer may lie in the fact that the 16GB iPhone is, and has been, by far the best selling model. IHS analyst Fang Zhang believes Apple is using that to push users to its iCloud storage service. Others believe restricting storage capacity allows Apple to afford the new features, like NFC and biometrics."
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Dremel Releases 3D Printer

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  yesterday

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Power tool maker Dremel today announced its now selling a desktop 3D printer that it said is targeted at "the masses" with a $1,000 price tag and intuitive software. Dremel's 3D Idea Builder is a fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine that can use only one type of polymer filament, polylactide (PLA) and that comes in 10 colors. The new 3D printer has a 9-in. x 5.9-in. x 5.5-in. build area housed in a self-contained box with a detachable lid and side panels. Dremel's currently selling its machine on Amazon and The Home Depot's website, but it plans brick and mortar store sales this November."
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Once vehicles are connected to the Internet of Things, who guards your privacy?

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  yesterday

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Carmakers already remotely collect data from their vehicles, unbeknownst to most drivers, but once connected via in-car routers or mobile devices to the Internet, and to roadway infrastructure and other vehicles around them, that information would be accessible by the government or other undesired entities. Location data, which is routinely collected by GPS providers and makers of telematics systems, is among the most sensitive pieces of information that can be collected, according to Nate Cardozo, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Not having knowledge that a third party is collecting that data on us and with whom they are sharing that data with is extremely troubling," Cardozo said. in-vehicle diagnostics data could also be used by government agencies to track driver behavior. Nightmare scenarios could include traffic violations being issued without law enforcement officers on the scene or federal agencies having the ability to track your every move in a car."
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Micron Releases 16nm Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  3 days ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Micron's newest client flash drive line, the M600, uses its first 16nm process technology and dynamic write acceleration firmware that allows the flash to be programmed as SLC or MLC instead of using overprovisioning or reserving a permanent pool of flash cache to accelerate writes. The ability to dynamically program the flash reduces power use and improves write performance as much as 2.8 times over models without the feature, according to Jon Tanguy, Micron's senior technical marketing engineer. The new lithography process technology also allowed Micron to reduce the price of the flash drive to 45 cents a gigabyte, meaning a 1TB 2.5-in SATA SSD now retails for $450."
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Mobile Wireless Charging Tech Uses RF To Transmit Power Over 15 Feet

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  4 days ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Startup Energous plans to demonstrate at CES a technology it calls WattUp that can send power in a 15-foot radius using radio frequency transmissions. The company, which raised nearly $25M in an IPO earlier this year, is targeting smartphones, tablets and wearables for its product, which sends up to 4W of power at up to a 5-foot distance. The wireless charging router uses software to control what enabled devices it charges. As the distance and number of "authorized" devices increase power from the router dissipates. The far field charging device operates at 5.7 and 5.8 MHz."
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a week ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "SanDisk today announced the world's highest capacity SD card, a 512GB model that represents a 1,000-fold increase over the company's first 512MB card that it shipped a decade ago. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card has a max read/write rate of 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively. The card is rated to function in temperatures from -13 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The 512GB model retails for $800. The card also comes in 128GB and 256GB capacities."
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If Tesla Can Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said his company's Gigafactory battery plant, the world's largest, will be "self contained" and run on solar, wind and geothermal energy. The obvious problem with renewable sources is that they're intermittent at any given location, but on a larger scale they're quite predictable and reliable, according to Tom Lombardo, a professor of engineering and technology. Lombardo points out that Tesla isn't necessarily going off-grid, but using a strategy of "net metering" where the factory will produce more renewable energy than it needs, and receive credits in return from its utility when renewables aren't available. So why can't other manufacturing facilities do the same? What Tesla is doing isn't necessarily transferable to other industries? Sam Jaffe, principal research analyst with Navigant Research, believes Tesla's choice of locations — Reno — and its product is optimal for using renewable and not something that can be reproduced by every industry."
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WD announces 8TB, 10TB helium hard drives

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Western Digital's HGST subsidiary today announced it's shipping its first 8TB and the world's first 10TB helium-filled hard drive. The 3.5-in, 10TB drive also marks HGST's first foray into the use of singled magnetic recording technology, which Seagate announced it began using last year. Unlike standard perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), where data tracks rest side by side, SMR overlaps the tracks on a platter like shingles on a roof, thereby allowing a higher areal density. Seagate has said SMR technology will allow it to achieve 20TB drives by 2020. That company has yet to use helium, however. HGST said its use of hermetically-sealed helium drives reduces friction among moving drive components and keeps dust out. Both drives use a 7-platter configuration with a 7200 RPM spindle speed. The company said it plans to discontinue its production of air-only drives by 2017, replacing all data center models with helium drives."
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Tesla Chooses Nevada As Site For Gigafactory

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Nevada beat California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to be the location for Tesla's first $5 billion lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant. Tesla still may open other facilities in other states in the future, but the first plant which will create an estimated 6,500 jobs will rest in the Silver State. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval today tweeted that a "major economic development announcement" will be made at 7 p.m. ET at the Capitol Building in Carson City. Work on the factory has begun at an industrial park outside Reno. The factory is being built in anticipation of the launch of Tesla's mass-market sedan, the Model 3. Unlike its $70,000 Model S sedan, the Model 3 is expected to retail for $35,000 when it's released in 2017 — the same year the Gigafactory is scheduled to open. By Tesla's own estimates, the project to build a battery factory is expected to drive economies of scale so that the per-kilowatt cost of its own lithium-ion batteries by more than 30% in the first year of production."
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A new software platform released by one of the nation's largest insurance roadside services providers will allow insurers to track drivers through smartphone sensors and geolocation services in order to offer good driver incentives or emergency roadside assistance. The tracking software is similar to technology currently offered by State Farm's In-Drive and Progressive's Snapshot program, but the latter uses a hardware collection device that plugs into a vehicle's standard OBDII onboard diagnostics port. The new software platform from Agero travels with the driver in and out of the car, so that if a customer is in an accident emergency services are still contacted."
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Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Some car makers are delaying the implementation of Apple's CarPlay iPhone interface for vehicle infotainment systems. The delays, which are prompting manufacturers such as Mercedes, Volvo and Honda to push their announcement from 2014 to 2015, appear to be related to a few snags in the integration process or in choosing which model cars should have the middleware. At the same time, many of the automakers rolling out CarPlay are also implementing Android Auto, which will provide a vehicle head unit user interface for Android smartphones. Analysts believe the addition of Android Auto earlier this year may also be adding delays because manufacturers want to be able to announce availability of both platforms in their new model vehicles. According to IHS, adoption of Android Auto is expected to slightly outpace CarPlay with an annual growth rate of 179% compared to 165%. In 2020, for example, 40 million cars will roll off assembly lines with Android Auto versus 37 million with CarPlay."
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eVisits to the Doctor to Top 75 Million in the U.S., Canada This Year

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Telehealth medicine, or communicating remotely with patients through electronic means, will be used by nearly one in six North Americans this year, according to Deloitte. With an aging Baby Boomer population and a growing shortage of primary care physicians, electronic visits (eVisits) reduce both time and cost in treating common ailments. The overall cost of in-person primary physician visits worldwide is $175 billion. Globally, the number of eVisits will climb to 100 million this year, potentially saving over $5 billion when compared to the cost of in-person doctor visits. Last November, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) revamped its patient portal, renaming it MyUPMC, and rolling out AnywhereCare, offering patients throughout Pennsylvania eVisits with doctors 24 hoirs a day, seven days a week either over the phone or through video conferencing. The service offers a 30-minute or less wait time and saves the hospital system more than $86 per patient over a traditional visit."
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "An AMD website in China has leaked information about the upcoming release of a line of SSDs aimed at gamers and professionals that will offer top sequential read/write speeds of 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively. AMD confirmed the upcoming news, but no pricing was available yet. The SSDs will come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities and will use Toshiba's 19-nanometer flash lithography technology. According to IHS, AMD is likely entering the gaming SSD market because desktop SSD shipments are expected to experience a 39% CAGR between now and 2018."
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A new company has just opened a crowdsourcing campaign for a heads-up display that plugs into your car's OBD II port and works with iPhones and Android OS-enabled mobile devices via Bluetooth to project a 5.1-in transparent screen that appears to float six feet in front of the windshield. The HUD, called Navdy, works with navigation apps such as Google Maps for turn-by-turn directions, and music apps such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Music and Google Play Music. Using voice commands via Apple's Siri or Google Voice, the HUD can also write, read aloud or display notifications from text messages or social media apps, such as Twitter. Phone calls, texting or other applications can also be controlled with hand gestures enabled by an infrared camera."
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Most 'Hackable' Cars Revealed at Black Hat

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Research by two security experts presenting at Black Hat this week has labeled the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and the 2014 Toyota Prius as among the vehicles most vulnerable to hacking because of security holes that can be accessed through a car's Bluetooth, telematics or on-board phone applications. The most secure cars include the Dodge Viper, the Audi A8, and the Honda Accord, according to Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek. Millar and Valasek will reveal the full report on Wednesday, but spoke to Dark Reading today with some preliminary data. The two security experts didn't physically test the vehicles in question, but instead used information about the vehicles' automated capabilities and internal network. "We can't say for sure we can hack the Jeep and not the Audi," Valasek told Dark Reading. "But... the radio can always talk to the brakes" because both are on the same network. According to the "Connected Car Cybersecurity" report from ABI Research, there have been "quite a few proof of concepts" demonstrating interception of wireless signals of tire pressure monitoring systems, impairing anti-theft systems, and taking control of self-driving and remote control features through a vehicle's internal bus, known as controller area network (CAN)."
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' CD-R Ability To Rip Music To Hard Drive

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is suing Ford and General Motors for millions of dollars over alleged copyrights infringement violations because their vehicles' CD-Rs can rip music to infotainment center hard drives. The AARC claims in its filing that the CD-R's ability to copy music violates the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992. The Act protects against distributing digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material. For example, Ford's owner's manual explains, "Your mobile media navigation system has a Jukebox which allows you to save desired tracks or CDs to the hard drive for later access. The hard drive can store up to 10GB (164 hours; approximately 2,472 tracks) of music." The AARC wants $2,500 for each digital audio recording device installed in a vehicle, the amount it says should have been paid in royalties."
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Jobs in Solar Inudstry Skyrocketing, But R&D Investments Plummeting

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The number of jobs in the solar power industry now outnumbers those in the coal mining industry.. That's good news for renewable energy proponents, but investments in new solar technologies that could increase efficiency and spur sustainable growth is down — way down. Investors simply see R&D as too risky because of past start-up failures and because the price of current solar cells continue to drop precipitously because China has flooded the market, meaning there's less profit to be made in the technology. The only thing driving jobs now appears to be new, relatively inefficient solar power plants. The total global investment in renewable power (excluding large hydroelectric projects) fell for the second year in a row in 2013, reaching $214 billion worldwide — 14% lower than in 2012 and 23% below 2011 levels, when there was a record high in renewable energy investments"
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A DARPA-funded project has successfully developed a .50 caliber sniper round capable of maneuvering during flight in order to remain on target. The self-guiding EXACTO bullet, as it's being called, is optically guided by a laser that must remain on target for the bullet to track. The EXACTO round is capable of accurately tracking a target up to 1.2 miles away, DARPA stated. The technology, which is being developed by Teledyne Scientific and Imaging, is targeted at helping snipers remain at longer distances from targets as well as improving night shots. While DARPA's tracking bullet is the first to use a standard, small-arms caliber round, in 2012 Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) successfully demonstrated a prototype self-guided bullet that was more like like a four-inch dart."
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Chinese Company "3D Prints" 10 Buildings in One Day

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A company in China has used additive manufacturing to print 10 single-room buildings out of recycled construction materials in under a day as offices for a Shanghai industrial park. The cost: about $5,000 each. The company, Suzhou-based Yingchuang New Materials, used four massive 3D printers supplied by the WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. Each printer is 20 feet tall, 33 feet wide and 132 feet long. Like their desktop counterparts, the construction-grade 3D printers use fused deposition modeling (FDM), where instead of thermoplastics layer after layer of cement is deposited atop one another. The cement contains hardeners that make each layer firm enough for the next. Yingchuang's technique builds structures off site in a factory one wall at a time. The structures are then assembled onsite. The technique is unlike U.S.-based Contour Crafting, a company whose 3D printing technology to form the entire outer structure of buildings at once, The Yingchuang factory and research center, a 33,000 square foot building, was also constructed using the 3D printing manufacturing technique. It only took one month to construct."
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Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A new report authored by several environmental groups say data shows more than half of Fortune 100 companies collectively saved more than $1.1B annually by reducing carbon emissions and rolling out renewable energy projects. According to the report, 43% of Fortune 500 companies, or 215 in all, have also set targets in one of three categories: greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy. When narrowed to just the Fortune 100, 60% of the companies have set the same clean energy goals. Some of the companies leading the industry in annual clean energy savings include UPS ($200M), Cisco ($151M), PepsiCo ($121M) and United Continental ($104M)."
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