Here’s a particularly mind-bending new invention: Kor Ecologic and Stratasys have designed a car that can be manufactured using 3-D printing. The Urbee—not to be confused with Kirby, the animated Japanese video-game and TV star—is an electric-fuel hybrid designed to achieve an astonishing 150 miles per gallon (city/highway average), but even trippier is the fact that its body will be manufactured using 3-D additive printing.That process basically involves laying down successive layers of material to create a 3-D shape—somewhat akin to the way your inkjet printer reproduces 2-D images on sheets of paper, except that the eventual result is not just an image, but an actual object. Stratasys has pioneered a particular 3-D printing process called fused deposition modeling (FDM), in which a nozzle deposits molten polymer onto a support structure, layer by layer.
In a Stratasys press release, Jim Kor, the president and chief technology officer of Kor Ecologic, explains that unlike other hybrids, which have been modified variations of conventional car designs, Urbee will be the first Green car in which sustainable practices have dictated every aspect of the design.
Okay, here’s some more science and technology news of the day.
Why not replace industrial meat with in-vitro burgers?And while we’re at it, why not encourage Ronald McDonald and Burger King to join forces for the good of humanity and battle the Tofu Monster? Space Shuttle Discovery a go for Wednesday launch.We’re going to miss those shuttle launches. Study links freshly created Martian gullies to carbon dioxide frost.The Red Planet has some weird weather, that’s for sure.
Blekko search engine uses revolutionary new technology: Human neurons.Actual people will help determine relevancy of search results. Wow.
A “liberal gene” may influence left-leaning.UC San Diego researchers were able to show that people with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults, but only if they had an active social life in adolescence.