Karen Mellendorf

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Will Google Glass change the way we think?

<i>(Credit: Google)</i><p><b>A new video from Google shows how people will probably end up using Google Glass in the real world — looking up information.</b><p>You know …

Google Glass

If you made a sphere of all Earth’s water, how big would it be?

Earth is the water planet. What if you could take all of the water on Earth and form it into a sphere? How big would it be?<p>We think of Earth as the …

Astronomy

Mars-bound astronauts will print food & tools, NASA says

NASA will transport 3D printers to space so astronauts can print tools — and potentially even food.<p>NASA’s chief administrator Charles Bolden discussed the role of 3D printers during a recent press tour of the Ames Research Center. According to <i>ComputerWorld,</i> Bolden believes the technology could be …

The New “Handmade” (Part Three)

Consumer interest in 3D printing is booming, thanks to increasingly affordable printers, crazy stories about 3D-printed candy, human ears and handguns, all of which are impressive technological leaps. But 3D printing is fueling artists’ creativity, too, whether those artists are formally trained …

How Kindle Worlds aims to colonise fan fiction

Last week, Amazon announced Kindle Worlds, a new initiative from its publishing arm, which is seeking new authors of fan fiction – stories by fans …

Husband And Wife Architects Create The Sugar Lab, A Foundry For 3D Printed Sweets

Kyle and Liz von Hasseln aren’t your typical designers. Initially focused on architecture, the pair stumbled upon an interesting business idea when they wanted to make a special cake for a friend’s birthday: the Sugar Lab.<p>“It was our friend Chelsea’s birthday, and we didn’t have an oven to bake her …

Gmail wages war on inbox clutter with new design for mobile and desktop

Three years after Priority Inbox, Google tries another approach at managing email overload<p>Google begins rolling out a redesigned Gmail today with an eye on removing inbox clutter, separating bulk emails from the main feed with new tabs for messages from social networks, deal sites, businesses, and …

These two charts make the case for iPads in every classroom

Over the last few weeks, my startup conducted pilots of our adaptive math iPad app in 12 different classrooms across the country. Many of our hypotheses were confirmed and many were unraveled, but no conclusion was as strong as this: adaptive learning—where each student learns at their own pace—is …

Teaching

Temping fate: can TaskRabbit go from side gigs to real jobs?

The errand marketplace hires for longer-term work, and may add benefits<p>Not long ago, Chris Mok worked in the advertising department for Macy’s in San Francisco, booking models for the department store’s catalogs. Then, in 2009, he was laid off along with 1,400 people as part of a reorganization. …

Air-Powered Force Feedback Could Make Kinect Even More Immersive

Microsoft's Kinect provided gamers with a hands-free way to play their favorite titles. But when the controller was removed from the situation, so …

Google Takes Street View Trekker And Underwater Cameras To The Galapagos Islands, Coming To Google Maps Later This Year

Google today announced that it has been taking its Street View Trekker – the compact backpack version of its Street View cars – and its underwater Street View cameras to the Galapagos Islands and that it plans to make these images available on Google Maps later this year. The company worked …

3D-printed airway splint saves baby's life

A rare condition caused Kaiba Gionfriddo's airway to collapse, so doctors created a dissolvable splint that's supposed to reabsorb into his body as his windpipe grows in a healthy manner.<p>A 3D printer saved the life of a baby boy with a rare disease that kept him from breathing properly, doctors are …

Medicine

Evernote finally becomes a proper to-do app with new Reminders feature

Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking apps, but it has never worked all that well as a simple to-do list app. That's all changing, as the company has finally added alerts and notifications in a new feature logically called Reminders. Evernote says that Reminders has been one of the …

Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …

This 3-D Printed Bioplastic Windpipe Saved A Baby's Life

The infant's 3-D printed trachea will fully absorb into his body in two to three years.<p>We've seen plenty of 3-D printed medical implants for patients that require replacement tissues, but this use of 3-D printed biopolymer to augment and correct an existing tissue highlights just how amazing the …