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3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

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The Huge Threat to Capitalism That Republicans Are Ignoring

In the 1950s, Communist ideology posed the biggest threat to the free market. Today, crony capitalism is more corrosive.<p>Reuters<p>Over the weekend, the <i>New York Times</i> published a jaw-dropping story about how Wall Street investment banks are slyly manipulating commodities markets to make billions at the …

GOP insurrection heats up over surveillance

Rep. Justin Amash wants to deprive the NSA of funds for spying. Now, his angry House leadership is fighting back<p>In an attempt to prevent Washington lawmakers from having to publicly declare their position on the National Security Administration's mass surveillance, will congressional leaders …

APOD: The Seasons of Saturn (2013 Jul 21) Image Credit: R. G. French (Wellesley College) et al., NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130721.html Explanation: Since Saturn's axis is tilted as it orbits the Sun, Saturn has seasons, like those of planet Earth ... but Saturn's seasons last for over seven years. So what season is it on Saturn now? Orbiting the equator, the tilt of the rings of Saturn provides quite a graphic seasonal display. Each year until 2016, Saturn's rings will be increasingly apparent after appearing nearly edge-on in 2009. The ringed planet is also well placed in evening skies providing a grand view as summer comes to Saturn's northern hemisphere and winter to the south. The Hubble Space Telescope took the above sequence of images about a year apart, starting on the left in 1996 and ending on the right in 2000. Although they look solid, Saturn's Rings are likely less than 50 meters thick and consist of individually orbiting bits of ice and rock ranging in size from grains of sand to barn-sized boulders. http://heritage.stsci.edu/2001/15/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2001/15 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130721 #APOD

Snob zones: Fear, money and real estate

<b>(Miks via Shutterstock)</b><p>A couple tried to build affordable housing in lily-white Darien, Conn. Then it got ugly<p>Lisa Prevost<p>July 20, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Adapted from :Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice and Real Estate”<p>The aptly named Nearwater Lane, in the Connecticut shoreline suburb of Darien, is the sole …

FORMER CIA OFFICER: Edward Snowden Is No Traitor

That makes Snowden a whistleblower, as he is exposing illegal activity on the part of the federal government. The damage he has inflicted is not against U.S. national security but rather on the politicians and senior bureaucrats who ordered, managed, condoned, and concealed the illegal …

Even the Aide Who Coined the Hastert Rule Says the Hastert Rule Isn't Working

John Boehner is hamstrung by a stricture that a majority of the majority must back any bill. Would he be a stronger speaker if he collaborated with Democrats more, not less?<p>Getty Images<p>House Speaker John Boehner has a tough job -- so tough that Democrats have taken to pitying him. "I feel sorry for …

America’s Dystopian New Normal

America was supposed to be different. Now economic inequality seems insurmountable. By Lloyd Green.<p>Five years into the Obama presidency, we are …

China takes step to financial reform

China’s central bank has liberalised tightly controlled interest rates in a clear sign of Beijing’s intention to tackle the difficult financial …

Adviser shortlist brings sale of UK stakes in RBS and Lloyds a step closer

More than 30 City banks have been put on standby to advise and help the government with the return of Lloyds Banking group and Royal Bank of Scotland …

Why High Yield Investors Shouldn't Overreact To The Recent Selloff

In my May 8th post, I tackled the question: “Should Investors Still Go For High Yield? Discussing the question with Matt Philo, MacKay Shields’ head of the High Yield Group, we concluded that, even after a multi-year period of strong returns, we believe the category still offers good value with one …

Stocks close out fourth straight week ahead

Stocks finished largely unchanged in lackluster trading Friday, with the S&P 500 squeezing out a small gain to finish at another record high, but a batch of disappointing tech earnings weighed down the market.<p>Despite the limp session, the Dow and S&P still logged their fourth-straight week …

The housing market is flipping out

July 19, 2013 | 4:30 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/07/19/economy/housing-market-flipping-out/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/07/19/economy/housing-market-flipping-out/popout" …

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Apple buys Toronto startup in rare foray into Canada

Apple Inc. has made a rare acquisition of a Canadian company, buying a Toronto-based location data firm.<p>Apple has purchased a Toronto startup called Locationary, which specializes in highly specific location data that can be incorporated into enterprise IT systems and web publishing platforms. For …

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Fire safety standards in Cambodian garment factories are worse than what they were seven years ago

For international retailers who have committed more than $250 million to improve factory workers’ safety in Bangladesh, the conditions in Cambodia should give them pause.<p>A bi-annual report (pdf) from the International Labor Organization-sponsored Better Factories program reveals a disturbing …

Airbus takes aim at Boeing over Dreamliner

Boeing's troubled Dreamliner aircraft has come under attack from a rival company as a senior Airbus executive hit out at the plane, branding it unreliable.<p>Airbus sales chief John Leahy on Friday, suggested to reporters that the rival aircraft had been rushed to market.<p>"It's pretty obvious that this …

Dominion Completes Conversion of Coal Plant to Biomass in Virginia

Virginians worried about their scandal-plagued governor, torturous traffic, and government furloughs can breathe a little easier. …

Microsoft Experiences Its Biggest Drop Of The Century As Shares Fall 12 Percent

Microsoft shares (NASDAQ:MSFT) dropped 12.2 percent, representing the biggest single-day drop in over 13 years. On April 24, 2000, shares dropped 15.6 percent — since then, Microsoft has never experienced such a shelling. Yesterday, the company announced disappointed earnings and took a massive …

This week’s most important econ data—in charts

This week’s economic updates didn’t exactly offer a global picture on the state of the economy. The most important releases centered on the UK and the US. (Although a report on Chinese GDP early in the week was notable.) But a clear takeaway from the data—as well as the earnings updates from major …

TECH STOCKS FALL: Here's What You Need To Know

First, the scoreboard:<p>Dow: 15,543.7, -4.8, -0.0%<br>• S&P 500: 1,692.0, +2.7, +0.1%<br>• NASDAQ: 3,587.6, -23.6, -0.6%<p>And now, the top stories:<p>BI Intelligence, a new subscription research service from Business Insider, provides in-depth insight, data, and analysis of the mobile industry.<p>Access all reports, …

CBS Has a Weapon It Won’t Use in Its Time Warner Cable Fight

Pres Panayotov / Shutterstock.com<p>You can only hear the same story a few times before it gets boring, so no need to go into the details of the new …