Now Playing Tracks


The Germans Have Figured Out How to 3-D Print Cars
The assembly line isn’t going away, but 3-D printing is going to reshape how we make cars. The EDAG Genesis points the way, with an beautifully crafted frame made from a range of materials and inspired by a turtle’s skeleton. The German engineering firm showed off the Genesis design concept at the Geneva Motor Show as proof that additive manufacturing–EDAG’s fancy term for 3-D printing–can be used to make full-size car components. It’s on an entirely different scale than the tiny, 3-D printed creations coming out of a desktop Makerbot, but it’s also just a frame–a stylized chassis that’s more art than reality. Before settling on 3-D printing, EDAG tried a few different acronym-heavy options, including selective laser sintering (SLS), selective laser melting (SLM), and stereolithography (SLA). But after extensive tinkering, the final process they used was a modified version of fused-deposition modeling, or FDM. EDAG’s robot built the Genesis concept by creating a thermoplastic model of the complex interior, although the company says they could use carbon fiber to make the structure both stronger and lighter. EDAG envisions the Genesis as being surrounded by an exterior frame–likely steel or aluminum–to provide a tough exterior to protect the lattice-like monocoque. (via The Germans Have Figured Out How to 3-D Print Cars | Autopia |







Did you just reblog Benedict Cumberbatch cosplaying an anime character?

Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel reference

Did Benedict Cumberbatch willingly cosplay an anime character?

…. is he not the perfect fit for said character?







Quick! Someone make a movie or or something!!!

(Source: redmoon93)


Computers are providing solutions to math problems that we can’t check

Good news! A computer has solved the longstanding Erdős discrepancy problem! Trouble is, we have no idea what it’s talking about — because the solution, which is as long as all of Wikipedia’s pages combined, is far too voluminous for us puny humans to confirm.

A few years ago, the mathematician Steven Strogatz predicted that it wouldn’t be too much longer before computer-assisted solutions to math problems will be beyond human comprehension. Well, we’re pretty much there. In this case, it’s an answer produced by a computer that was hammering away at the Erdős discrepancy problem.

Full Story: Io9 via emergentfutures

Sooooo, if it has found the answer but we can’t comprehend it, how do we know it found the answer?

The hacker — who calls his or herself Eugene Belford after the character in 1995’s Hackers — said that he was “sitting on thousands of passports belonging to LE (and .mil) officials.”

Ethical hacking organization hacked, website defaced with Edward Snowden’s passport | The Verge

Hold on… You can choose any character from Hackers and you choose Eugene Belford? Acid Burn! Crash Override/Zero Cool. King Nikon. Cereal Killer is a bit off but still a good choice. Even Joey is better than Belford!

(via maybehunterpryor)

I would say the name was chosen ironically.



Reports: Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable

CNBC, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal reportthat Comcast and Time Warner Cable have agreed to merge in a $45 billion deal, according to sources. 

The official announcement is expected Thursday morning, CNBC reports. 

Follow updates on Breaking News

Photo: A cable truck returns to a Time Warner Cable office in San Diego, Calif., on Dec.11, 2013. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

Shitty Cable Service Soon To Be Shittier



First map of core white-matter connections of human brain developed at USC

May help better address clinical challenges such as traumatic brain injury

USC neuroscientists have systematically created the first map of the core white-matter “scaffold” (connections) of the human brain — the critical communications network that supports brain function.

Their work, published Feb. 11 in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, has major implications for understanding brain injury and disease, the researchers say.

By detailing the connections that have the greatest influence over all other connections, the researchers offer a landmark first map of core white matter pathways and also show which connections may be most vulnerable to damage.

“We coined the term white matter ‘scaffold’ because this network defines the information architecture which supports brain function,” said senior author John Darrell Van Horn of the USC Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics and the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging.

“While all connections in the brain have their importance, there are particular links which are the major players,” Van Horn said.

Using MRI data from a large sample of 110 individuals, lead author Andrei Irimia, also of the USC Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics, and Van Horn systematically simulated the effects of damaging each white matter pathway.

more: KurzweilAi

It’s amazing how much this looks like super complex central wiring layout for network/electrical system. I know that was probably what was in mind for illustrating this, but still…


Designer Drills Holes into Quarters, Turns Them into Rings

website / facebook

Designer Nicholas Heckaman of The Ring Tree meticulously handcrafts detailed rings out of US coins. The Gainesville, Florida-based designer first discovered his skill when he was looking for the perfect ring to propose to his girlfriend with. He managed to create a special engagement ring out of a silver coin with a hammer and “a lot of patience.”

To Tumblr, Love Pixel Union