Cities may make spiders grow bigger (and other things we didn’t cover)
Urban sprawl in Australia isn't just encroaching on koala and kangaroo habitats: As it turns, out it’s also making the spiders there freaking huge. A study by the University of Sydney has revealed that a combination of warmer temperatures in urban areas as well as easy access to food is making city spiders grow larger. Now the real question is, why isn’t it happening here? Or did it already happen?
It's just something to think about while you read this very 3D-oriented edition of GeekBytes in a now-constantly-lit room.
3D printing is coming to a local Staples near you…if you live in Belgium or the Netherlands, that is. A new service called Staples Easy 3D will let you upload your designs to the Staples website and pick up 3D printouts from your local store. Staples will use Mcor Technologies’ paper-based Iris printer , so you’ll be able to order a thousand copies on goldenrod and pick up a 3D print at the same time. [via CNN]
Pokémon fans have dreamed of full 3D Pokémon adventure ever since the first Stadium game on the Nintendo 64 turned pocket monster sprites into 3D polygons.Game Freak probably won’t ever make that game, so this ongoing fan project by German indie developer Nils Drescher is the next best thing. Pokémon 3D is a remake of Pokémon Gold/Silver with all-new 3D graphics and a first-person perspective. The game is getting regular updates from Nils, and it’s completely playable with afree download from IndieDB. [via Kotaku]
Steel I-beams have been the backbone of skyscrapers and buildings in general for decades. Now, a group of scientists lead by Yong Mao of the University of Nottingham believes that 3D-printed beams are the future of building construction. Unlike other manufactured building materials, 3D printers can create extremely intricate structures using a fractal pattern that repeats itself 1000 times over.
For now, the research is limited to small-scale models and computer simulations. According to the researchers, the computer simulations suggest that 3D-printed beams could be 10,000 stronger than steel, but still weigh less than traditional steel beams. [via Inhabit]