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That didn’t take long — just days after its first test fire, the Liberator, a 3D-printed pistol designed by Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, has caught the attention of the federal government. It’s hardly a surprise: the arm’s blueprints were downloaded more than 100,000 times since going live on DefCAD this week. It’s not the amount of downloads that’s causing trouble, though, it’s who is downloading them. In a letter from the US State Department, Wilson was told that it’s a violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to “export any defense article or technical data for which a license or written approval is required without first obtaining the required authorization from the DDTC (Directorate of Defense Trade Controls).”
The letter goes on to explain that these downloads legally count as exports under the law, telling Wilson to remove the plans from public access immediately. “That might be an impossible standard,” Wilson told Forbes. “But we’ll do our part to remove it from our servers.” As it turns out, most of the gun’s downloads were served via Mega, making full removal near impossible. Still, Wilson seems optimistic about the situation, explaining to Forbes that conversation will help mold the discussion on 3D printed weaponry. “Is this a workable regulatory regime? Can there be defense trade control in the era of the internet and 3D printing?” We’re looking forward to discovering the answer ourselves.
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Netflix has a vested interest in fostering cloud computing — after all, that’s increasingly the company’s core business. Accordingly, it’s not going to just sit around and wait for a breakthrough. The subscription service is kicking off its Netflix Cloud Prize competition in the hopes that developers can move technology a little faster. Programmers who build upon Netflix’s open-source code before September 15th can win from a pool of $ 100,000 spread equally among 10 categories, ranging from performance improvements to what has to be our automatic favorite: “best new monkey.” Each winner also gets $ 5,000 in Amazon Web Services credit, flights to Las Vegas and a spot at Amazon’s user conference this November. The challenge won’t completely make up for the end to Netflix’s public API, but it does show that at least some tinkerers are welcome in the streaming video giant’s world.
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Nintendo has already cut its projections for the Wii U after sales failed to fulfill assumptions, and we’re now seeing the degree of the console’s inadequate efficiency in the US. The NPD group has released its report for January video game sales and, while it isn’t really offering particular hardware phone numbers, a Gamasutra source states that the Wii U sold “well under” 100,000 units. Nintendo previously revealed that it sold 460,000 systems in December, suggesting that need has dropped off significantly among customers who had not currently decided to get the console at launch.
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Tweetro has fallen victim to Twitter’s strict new API policies that were announced earlier this year. According to an email we received from Tweetro developers, the app saw a huge spike in downloads after the release of Windows 8, and rapidly reached its 100,000 user token limit. Users now receive a “cannot connect to service” error when trying to authenticate the application, and Tweetro developers say the app is “completely crippled” as a result.
Twitter originally said that developers would have until January or March of 2013 to comply with the platform’s API changes, so Tweetro developers are questioning why their app has been cut off so early — especially when Twitter has yet to release its own official app for Windows 8. Tweetro…
NASA isn’t just considering extra-terrestrial exploration, but in pushing the limits of atmospheric flight too, which is why it’s just awarded $ 100,000 in funding for the supersonic airplane idea revealed above. As you can see, the symmetrical airplane is essentially all wing, which’s because it has two different configurations based on how fast you prefer to go. For typical, subsonic flight, an airplane needs to have a respectable wingspan to get off the ground and sustain flight at reduced speeds. But, when you wish to go supersonic, large wings come to be a bit of a drag, which is where the concept’s bi-functional design can be found in. The airplane begins its journey in the long-winged setup, however spins 90 degrees among the clouds to use its stubby wings for efficient faster-than-sound flight and “practically absolutely no sonic boom.” Gecheng Zha from the University of Miami has been touting his principle for rather some time, however now he’s got the cash to improve the design, run simulations and do some wind tunnel screening, with the capacity for even more funding in the future. However, the idea is, at greatest, decades from coming to be a fact, however we’re sold on the ninja star-like design. Guile, nonetheless, is not impressed.
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NASA isn’t just interested in extra-terrestrial exploration, but in pushing the boundaries of atmospheric flight as well, which is why it’s just awarded $ 100,000 in funding for the supersonic plane concept shown above. As you can see, the symmetrical plane is basically all wing, and that’s because it has two different configurations based on how fast you want to go. For normal, subsonic flight, a plane needs a decent wingspan to get off the ground and sustain flight at lower speeds. But, when you want to go supersonic, large wings become a bit of a drag, which is where the concept’s bi-functional design comes in. The plane begins its journey in the long-winged setup, but spins 90 degrees amongst the clouds to use its stubby wings for efficient faster-than-sound flight and “virtually zero sonic boom.” Gecheng Zha from the University of Miami has been touting his concept for quite some time, but now he’s got the cash to refine the design, run simulations and do some wind tunnel testing, with the potential for more funding in the future. Unfortunately, the concept is, at best, decades from becoming a reality, but we’re sold on the ninja star-like design. Guile, however, is not impressed.
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Researchers in Singapore have taken care of to develop high-resolution shade pictures numerous times sharper than traditional methods making use of a metal-laced nanometer platform. While normal inkjet and laser jet printers can easily reel out up to 10,000 dots per inch, this nanotech-based method has an academic limitation of around 100,000 dpi. The strategy is closer to lithography than normal contemporary printing, and could possibly gravel the means for future high-resolution reflective color displays and high-density optical storage space. Analysts crafted precisely patterned metal nano frameworks, and designed the surface to particularly reflect the desired color scheme. According to project innovator, Dr Joel Yang, “The team created a list of color that corresponded to a certain nanostructure pattern, size and spacing,” with an ultra-thin metal film spread throughout the image stimulating these “encoded” color schemes. Looks like yet another explanation to update our dull fleshy retinas. Filed under : Displays, Science’Stained glass’ nanotechnology capable of printing up to 100,000 dpi initially appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for usage of feeds. Permalink Phys.org|Nature Nanotechnology |.
Beginning at 6:30 PM last Sunday night, 100,000 glowing blue orbs were poured into Tokyo’s Sumida River as part of the Tokyo Hotaru (firefly) Festival. The display was part of an art installation named Hikari no Symphony (symphony of light) that included the lighting of Tokyo’s new Sky Tree tower and a musical performance form singers-songwriter Kaori Mochida.
While the Sky Tree was lit up, the big unveiling of the world’s tallest tower isn’t scheduled until May 22nd. This kind of river-lighting display isn’t unique by any means — there are similar events all over the country, often coinciding with Tanabata festivals in July and August. That said, the Sumida River glowing blue with the Sky Tree lit up in the background is a…
Sadly we can’t all be spacemen. Commercial travel beyond the atmosphere is getting closer but still priced way, way, way beyond the budgetary constraints of mere human beings. The closest many of us will get to outer space is photography and, thanks to ever-cheaper and ever-more-durable cameras, getting those pictures is easier than ever. We recently visited Project Aether on location in Fairbanks Alaska, a group working to study what happens in the upper atmosphere and, along the way, inspire students around the world. Using a helium-filled weather balloon and a payload made of carbon fiber tubing, the team lofted a set of GoPro HD Hero 2 cameras, one of which captured photos of the green aurora borealis and, off to the side, the lingering the glow from a long-set sun. That black arc below? That’s the earth.
We’ll have much, much more to come on Project Aether in an upcoming Distro feature, but for now, enjoy the video below — and keep your head in the clouds.
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There were doubters last time. They said a 1300 foot drop wasn’t all that much. It wasn’t a true test. It fell onto grass, they said. Well, G-Form is back with another marketing ploy.
This time they sent an iPad encased in G-Form’s $ 45 Extreme Edge case to the cusp of space and back. The iPad of course survived. It’s an impressive feat if it really happened. When the iPad eventually touches down, there’s a bit a russling the weeds that sounds more like footsteps than a parachute crashing. Just saying.