The typical, consumer-grade 3D printer creates objects made of thin layers of stiff, brittle plastic fused together. Of course, hard plastic isn?t ideal for all projects, so that?s why researchers from Disney, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon Univeristy have developed a new 3D-printing technique that creates objects out of layers of felt.
Disney?s fabric 3D printing method starts by taking a 3D model of an object, and ?slicing? into printable layers?a typical part of the 3D printing process. Next, the printer laser-cuts shapes out of adhesive fabric that correspond to the sliced layers, then transfers that layer onto the printer?s build platform. It then applies heat to each layer to ?activate? the fabric?s adhesive.
Ultra-high-resolution displays with high pixel densities are all the rage now, and for good reason: They look amazing compared to conventional displays. The big problem for PC users is that a lot of software isn't designed with that level of pixel density in mind.
If you're running GNOME 3 in Linux, your first boot will have you looking for your reading glasses. (Windows suffers from similar issues with high-DPI displays.)
Luckily, you can save your eyes and enjoy that glorious screen you paid for with a few steps. This article will show you how to change the scaling settings for GNOME 3, Mozilla?s Firefox and Thunderbird, and Chromium.
Two robots that can change their shape on command have provided the most detailed look yet inside the heart of reactor number 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan.
The reactor is one of three that suffered a core meltdown after the massive tsunami that knocked electrical systems offline at the plant in March 2011, prompting a nuclear emergency that will take decades to clean up.
One of the most difficult jobs for the plant?s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is how to safely decommission the reactors that melted down, which are much too dangerous for humans to enter.
The robots are inspecting the reactor?s primary containment vessel (PCV), a large concrete structure that sits around the reactor and most of its associated machinery and piping. Molten nuclear fuel melted through the bottom of the reactor following the tsunami and is thought to have fallen to the floor of the PCV.
Google says its Project Loon is close to being able to produce and launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet access from the sky.
Such a number would be required to provide reliable Internet access to users in remote areas that are currently unserved by terrestrial networks, said Mike Cassidy, the Google engineer in charge of the project, in a video posted Friday.
The ambitious project has been underway for a couple of years and involves beaming down LTE cellular signals to handsets on the ground from balloons thousands of feet in the air, well above the altitude that passenger jets fly.
?At first it would take us 3 or 4 days to tape together a balloon,? Cassidy says in the video. ?Today, through our own manufacturing facility, the automated systems can get a balloon produced in just a few hours. We?re getting close to the point where we can roll out thousands of balloons.?
Comcast said Friday that it will bring its 2-gigabit symmetrical Gigabit Pro service to San Francisco Bay Area consumers in May, sidestepping Google and its own fiber plans. The company also said it will boost the speeds of some of its more premium tiers and add a new Extreme 250 tier.
A Comcast spokesman said that prices for each of the services would be announced closer to the launch date. Comcast also said it would upgrade its Performance tier from 50 Mbps (megabits per second) to 75 Mbps, and its Blast tier from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, all for free.
Comcast previously announced plans to launch the Gigabit Pro service in Atlanta.
Why this matters: Cynics will see this as a way to appease Silicon Valley techies who may be lobbying the Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Justice to enforce net neutrality and block Comcast?s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. It?s certain that these new bandwidth tiers won?t come cheap. But to Silicon Valley techies with nothing to spend money on but rent, food, gadgets, and sweet, sweet Internet, how can you say no?
Testers running Windows 10?s preview must keep the OS relatively up to date or face a bricked PC that won?t boot.
The first three builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview?9841, 9860 and 9879, all released in 2014?will refuse to boot at the end of April, according to a message posted by a Microsoft support engineer on the company?s discussion forum.
Personal computers running the three 2014 builds have been displaying warnings of the impending expiration for the last two weeks. Starting Wednesday, the PCs have been rebooting every three hours, another hint from Microsoft to update.
?Approximately 2 weeks after the license expires, the build will no longer boot at all,? said a support engineer identified only as ?RajithR? in a message dated April 10. That step is to start April 30.
This week the Star Wars universe introduced us to a new droid and Hillary Clinton introduced her new logo. The Internet had opinions on both.
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HBO's Game of Thrones is on a course to outpace the books. Is there any way readers can avoid spoilers?
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After a planned Monday trailer rollout was botched by a leak last night, director Zack Snyder went ahead and gave the world the goods.
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Imagine if Grand Moff Tarkin had a publicist.
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Unfriended is just the latest in a long line of internet cautionary horror tales. Here's how the genre went from killers in the woods to killers on the web.
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