Gizmodo's 3D Printing Week, a collaborative project with GE that comes to a close this evening, would only be partially complete without a look at the use of animals as living 3D printers. They are sentient printheads, we might say: biological sources of material, whether it's silk and honey or, as we'll see below, plastic and even concrete.
The Nasdaq computer index Friday hit its highest point since November 2000, in the wake of the dot-com bust, despite mixed reports this week from the hardware and components sector.
The Nasdaq computer index closed Friday at 1989.89, up 8.86 points for the day. Though analyst reports this week said PC and server sales continue to look grim, optimism about other aspects of the IT market and glimmers of good news about the economy in general boosted tech stocks and, more broadly, the major exchanges and indexes.
For example, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which last week closed above 16,000 for the first time, rose 198.69 points Friday to close at 16,020. All four tech stocks included in the Dow—IBM, Microsoft, Cisco and Intel—rose for the day.
The recent stock market milestones are in nominal terms—they are not, for example, adjusted for inflation. But there has also been a string of reports that the U.S. economy is picking up steam. For example, the Labor Department said Friday that employers added 203,000 jobs last month after adding 200,000 in October. November’s job gains helped bring the unemployment rate down to 7 percent from 7.3 percent in October. The unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been in five years.
The U.S. Department of Defense may have found a new way to scan millions of lines of software code for vulnerabilities, by turning the practice into a set of video games and puzzles and having volunteers do the work.
Having gamers identify potentially problematic chunks of code could help lower the work load of trained vulnerability analysts by “an order of magnitude or more,” said John Murray, a program director in SRI International’s computer science laboratory who helped create one of the games, called Xylem.
DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has set up a site, called Verigames, that offers five free games that can be played online or, in Xylem’s case, on an Apple iPad.
Verigames is set up in a manner similar to other online crowd-sourcing projects, such as SETI@homel, which has users’ computers scan for extraterrestrial signals, and Fold.it, which invites participants to play online puzzles for protein folding.
Person A: "Man, I was so wasted last night..."
Person B: "Oh really? Well, exactly how wasted were you? What hard data do you have to back up this outrageous statement, sir? I demand satisfaction!"
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It may surprise you that, despite our seemingly vast knowledge of the human body, we're still decently in the dark when it comes to the smaller portions of the cardiovascular system. Even more surprising, the answer to that problem isn't lying in more powerful microscopes. It's in a heart pumping pure, shiny liquid metal.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will aim to conduct auctions to sell spectrum now held by television stations to mobile broadband providers in mid-2015, the chairman of the agency said Friday.
It’s important to release more spectrum for new, flexible uses, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote in a blog post. The FCC will balance demands for more commercial spectrum with the time the agency needs to run a successful auction, he said. The so-called incentive auction will involve a complicated process in which the FCC will auction off spectrum voluntarily turned over by TV stations in exchange for a cut of the winning bid.
”I have often defined the complexity of this multi-part simultaneous process as being like a Rubik’s cube,” Wheeler wrote. “As part of our auction system development, we will check and recheck the auction software and system components against the auction requirements, and under a variety of scenarios replicating real life conditions. Only when our software and systems are technically ready, user friendly, and thoroughly tested, will we start the auction.”
Mobile carriers praised Wheeler’s plan, which would auction spectrum in the 600 MHz band, one of the best bands of spectrum for providing mobile broadband service.
For better or for worse, most of us have phased out meals at the dinner table in favor of dining in front of the TV. But on those rare occasions when guests visit and you don't want them thinking you're a slob, this lovely wooden coffee table from Duffy London quickly transforms into a small table where four can dine and focus on conversation, not the PVR.
Hello interwave surfers! It's officially the holiday season, which means mulled wine, shimmery lights, embarrassing yourself at holiday parties, and mindlessly spending money on things other people may or may not want. Wanna talk about it? Let's snuggle with words.
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Maintaining human relationships can be such hard work sometimes. And if you know someone who's decided to cut ties with their fellow man and completely avoid all that emotional drama, here are some robotic gift suggestions that guarantee they won't be lonely as a result. After all, robots don't really have birthdays to forget, do they?
An estimated one in four user applications sent from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HealthCare.gov to insurance providers have errors introduced by the website, including missing applications, an official with the agency said Friday.
The HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with insurance providers to fix the errors, said Julie Bataille, communications director for CMS. On Jan. 1, many of the people who applied for insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov will be eligible for coverage.
The 25 percent error rate in so-called 834 transmissions is a “preliminary” estimate of the website’s performance between its launch Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, Bataille said during a press briefing.
The errors include missing forms, duplicate forms and incorrect information in the applications, such as wrong information about an applicant’s marital status, she said.