RADICAL: MIT Scientists Invent Brand New Form of 3-D Printing

Two words: Mind. Blown.

3-D printing has become the rallying cause for a rising generation of designers, engineers, and architects. There seems to be few limits to what the technology can do or what range of products it can spawn, from lampshades to lunar bases. Amid all the hype, however, it’s easy to neglect one key factor: Printing capabilities are directly wedded to the size of one’s printer…

…MIT-based researchers and instructors Marcelo Coelho and Skylar Tibbits teamed up to tackle this very problem… The solution is breathtakingly simple. By merely folding the object you want to print, you can jig it to fit into a small-scale printer… [they use] a dense cluster of thin but sturdy polymer links packaged in a three-dimensional puzzle that can be intuitively assembled.

…The chains are programmed with multidirectional notches, so that they can be latched together at right angles. Assembly is quick because each chain can only bend in the way it’s designed to, thus removing a large obstacle that plagues most 3-D-printing ventures. The final product, then, will look exactly as it does on your computer screen but will be structurally sound enough to stand on its own in physical space. In the process, Tibbits suggests, scale becomes virtually, if not entirely, irrelevant…

Please don’t tell any Democrats about this innovative new technology, because if they find out about it, I’m betting they’ll invent 12 new ways to tax it.

Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

WEINER-SPITZER: Suddenly the Republican brand looks a lot more appealing to female voters

What was that about a “war on women”?

  • Anthony Weiner is running for NYC Mayor.
  • Anthony Weiner has an excellent chance of getting the Democratic nomination for NYC Mayor.
  • Anthony Weiner thus has a very good chance of becoming the next NYC Mayor.
  • Eliot Spitzer heard this and said Hey, maybe I can get in on this action.
  • Eliot Spitzer is thus running for office in NYC.
  • Eliot Spitzer is running for NYC Comptroller, which I believe keeps an eye out for oh, say, money laundering done to hide a government official’s payments to hookers. Just to pick a scenario at random.
  • Eliot Spitzer might still win.

But that’s not the truly funny part. Here’s the truly funny part: meet Eliot Spitzer’s Libertarian opponent.

Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former New York governor running for New York City comptroller, is going to have a hard time getting past the prostitution scandal that brought him down five years ago.

In a twist of irony, Kristin Davis, the “Manhattan Madam” who admits she supplied Spitzer with escorts, is running as the libertarian candidate for the office Spitzer announced Sunday night he’s running for.

Oh, that’s just beautiful.

Now everyone knows the Republican brand is tarnished badly. In a brilliantly suicidal maneuver, feckless leaders like John Boehner and political prostitutes such as Karl Rove have essentially waged war on their own base.

It’s gotten so bad, even Republicans won’t call themselves Republicans.

This week, The Frontier Lab published the results of months of research into why some Republicans are refusing to go by the label “Republican,” choosing to identify as anything but… No matter what outreach the RNC recommends to various segmented groups, if they do not address the four insights revealed by “Switching Behavior,” their cause will be a hopeless one.

The results were fascinating; after combining the flowcharts from individuals who share conservative or moderate views and no longer will use the label “Republican” to describe themselves, we ascertained four core patterns that they had in common:

• Rejection of the “Lesser of Two Evils” argument;
• Articulation of “Loss of Hope” in the GOP;
• Affiliation with a new community, and
• Incident of perceived betrayal by the GOP establishment.

[Importantly,] patterns stemming from the realization that a “lesser of two evils” argument, put forth by the GOP to encourage support of a candidate, is no longer acceptable, is a strong indicator of future disaffiliation.

In short, if the Republican leadership ever decides to actually embrace Constitutional conservatism and Tea Party activists — and highlights the Democrats’ real war on women as represented by Obama’s policies and the likes of Weiner-Spitzer — there could be a sea-change in the electorate.

But that would require brains and energy on the part of the GOP leadership, so we know it has virtually no chance of happening.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal