52: Jesse Kovarovics Programmer, Maker And Tinkerer

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How 3D Printing Is Transforming the Way We Make Things

Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post …

3D Printing

3-D printers may soon be making spare parts for flawed hearts

In the cardiac operating room of the future, a surgeon may repair your damaged heart with personalized parts made to fit your precise anatomy — …

The budding cannabusiness: 5 top economic opportunities in marijuana

The cannabis industry is generating plenty of new economic opportunities. Here are five areas that have grown up around legal marijuana.<p><b>1. Packaging</b><p>With legal ganja heavily regulated by state governments to avoid accidents like unintended consumption by kids, proper pot packaging and labeling are …

Cannabis

Pentagon confirms it has used spy drones in U.S. air space

It turns out that those concerns from some about how the U.S. uses military drones against enemies abroad one day becoming an important issue domestically weren't overblown.<p>A new report reveals the Pentagon has flown spy drones over U.S. territories for non-military missions for roughly a decade. …

Drones

Google hooked 14 robot arms together so they can help each other learn

Convolutional neural networks help these machines get an education<p>Researchers at Google are trying to help robots navigate the world as well as humans can, and that means a lot of practice. Research scientist Sergey Levine and his team took fourteen robotic arms, networked them together, and used …

Robotics

'Living Lens' Made From Stem Cells Could Treat Blindness

Scientists have used stem cells to cure blindness in rabbits—which could be incredible news for visually impaired people.<p>Using human stem cells, …

Biology

Obama wants to provide broadband to 20 million low-income homes

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that the FCC would begin to subsidize broadband in low-income households, President Obama voiced support for the FCC’s ‘Lifeline’ subsidy and detailed a desire to expand the initiative to get 20 million low-income households subscribed to high-speed internet …

Broadband

Facebook will soon let you Like and share 360-degree videos in the Gear VR

If you've got a Samsung Gear VR, you can soon connect your Facebook account to "Like" and share 360-degree videos from inside it. There are already Facebook 360-degree clips in the Gear VR's video app, but next week, Oculus Video will start letting users sign into Facebook and get a personalized …

Virtual Reality

I tried Go Cubes chewable coffee, and I'm pretty sure this is what cocaine feels like

A lot of tech/science/innovative concepts come through TNW’s doors on the daily – some of them make it to consumers’ hands, others get killed for their own good. Nootrobox’s Go Cubes chewable coffee persevered.<p>Go Cubes emerged last summer as an Indiegogo project to bring gummy coffee cubes to your …

Coffee

Nas Wants To Sell You Health Food Made Out Of Crickets

Full disclosure: I have eaten crickets before. I was in another country and jumped at the opportunity to try some local snacks and guess what? I …

Google Launches Chrome Music Lab | Pitchfork

March is Music In Our Schools Month. To mark the occasion (and make it a little easier to learn music,) Google has launched the Chrome Music Lab, a diverse set of 12 interactive music-making widgets. Visitors can program drum loops and oscillatory patterns (which are subsequently banged out by cute …

Google

FDL-1: 3D Printed, Robotic, Foam Dart Launcher

<b>Campaign ending soon!</b><p>Please visit http://www.fdl1.com and signup for the FDL-1 mailing list to stay updated on the progress of the final FDL-1 design …