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These Slithering Modular Snakebots Are The Future Of Robotics

A snakebot recently crawled up my leg. The engineers sort of grinned while I grimaced, wondering if I should try to attack it or cry for help, an impulse that comes from watching too many sci-fi movies, I guess. I expect most robots to destroy me, but these snakebots are designed to do the opposite. And they could change robotics as we know it.


New Super-Fast 3D Printer Builds Objects In 6 Minutes

Last week, Carbon3D announced a 3D printing system that’s 25 times faster than traditional 3D printers. Now, a company called Gizmo 3D has revealed that it’s developing a system that can also achieve incredible speeds.


The Process Of Making An Entire Skateboard Looks Like A Lot Of Fun

Skateboarding is fun but George Powell of Powell Peralta skateboard makes building skateboards look even more fun. It’s always cool to see hands and machines and people transform wood into something completely different but especially neat to see how the whole skateboard — trucks and bearings and wheels — comes together.


The First 3D Printer In Space 3D-Printed Its First Object

While you were probably wishing Thanksgiving break would start already, the astronauts on the International Space Station made history. They 3D-printed a spare part for the 3D printer. In space.


Apple Is Banning Two Hazardous Chemicals From iPhone Production

You can buy your pretty new iPhone 6 with somewhat of a clearer conscience later this year. Apple announced today that it’s eliminating two known toxins — benzene and n-hexane — from the production of iPhone and iPads.


Cruise Ship Cabins Are Built On An Assembly Line, Just Like Cars

Ever wonder how cruise ships are built? Well, Royal Caribbean just released a new video that sheds a little bit of light onto the process, specifically how the cabins are manufactured. It’s surprisingly similar to how your Ford got built.


Go Inside The Factory That Makes The World's Solar Panels

While you’re watching the final game of the World Cup today, keep a keen eye on the advertisements along the sidelines. You’re likely to see the name Yingli Solar: a massive Chinese solar power manufacturer that few soccer fans are likely to know. Climate Desk recently visited Yingli’s sprawling plant, and got a first-hand look at the booming company.


You Can Recycle These New Circuit Boards By Dunking Them In Hot Water

It almost seems too easy. With government funding, a trio of British companies recently developed a new way to build circuit boards that makes them 90 per cent recyclable. In fact, all you have to do to recycle them is dunk them in hot water and scrape off the circuits with a business card.


Artisanal Bread And Wine Might Be Bad For Australia's Economy

You’d think a renewed focus on handmade products would be good for a country’s economy. That’s not the sentiment in Australia, with a new report claiming that handcrafted industries which require more employee hours, like bread baking and winemaking, are to blame for the country’s sagging productivity.


The Cars Australia Built: A Eulogy To Local Motoring

Remember when we used to build things? Not “we” like you and me, but we like Australia. We’re a country that built stuff like Wi-Fi, the Hills Hoist, the ultrasound and the goonbag. We were also a country that built great cars. Now we don’t do any of those things. These are the cars Australia built.


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