Emerging Objects has big, bold plans for 3D-printed rooms

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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I sat on a 3D-printed bench.

"Durability" and "strength" are about the last words I would ever associate with 3D printing. But I'm not talking about the small, plastic trinkets you would print out with your MakerBot. This is Emerging Objects, a small fabrication studio in Oakland, CA that’s researching how to 3D-print using materials like wood, ceramic, newspaper, concrete, and salt.

Some 3D-printed art pieces made from newspaper, salt, and maple wood.
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Wow: Check out the most detailed images of a sunspot ever

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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No, you aren't looking at an extreme close-up of a crème brûlée getting torched. That’s actually a sunspot on the Sun's surface, and it’s the most detailed sunspot photo ever captured. It’s just one of the latest images captured with the New Solar Telescope located at California's Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO).

Thanks to a next-generation visible imaging spectrometer, astronomers at BBSO and the New Jersey Institute of Technology were able to monitor the sun’s atmosphere—from the photosphere to the chromosphere—in real time. The result was these incredibly detailed photos. It's almost like taking a trip to the Sun, except, you know, without the whole getting-killed-instantly part.

NJIT
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Stop everything and go watch this Lego-fied 'Adventure Time' opening

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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OMG! OMG! OMG—ahem. OK, let’s take inventory of what makes this Lego version of the Adventure Time opening so off-the-wall amazing: It's a full Lego recreation of the Adventure Time world, it's stop-motion animation, and it has a rainbow Lego dragon. It’s like the "everything" burrito of what you should love.

My head, how it explodes! The video, put out by Cartoon Network, is part of YouTube's Geek Week festivities. Now all we need are some Lego-themed Adventure Time episodes and Adventure Time Lego kits!

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Gasbot uses lasers to scope out climate-destroying methane

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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Methane is a major contributor to global climate change, and roaming around garbage landfills to look for methane gas leaks is an incredibly dirty—and difficult—job for humans. So obviously you would want to employ a robot to do the task harder, faster, better, stronger.

Enter the Gasbot. It’s a mobile methane-sniffing machine developed by researchers at Örebro University in Sweden, with funding through Robot Dalen. The GPS-equipped robot comes with a remote sensor that can detect methane without having to be right on top of a smelly gas leak. It does this by using two lasers to sniff the air for traces of methane gas.

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Gasbot, out and about.
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This coffee machine prepares your morning buzz when it sees you yawn

Elizabeth Fish Contributor, TechHive

Elizabeth Fish is a freelance writer who happens to run a hyperlocal news website in Lincoln, UK. She also covers all things geeky for TechHive.
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Coffee drinkers, prepare for what might be the biggest innovation ever—a coffee machine that serves up fresh brew when it sees you yawn.

This Douwe Egberts coffee vending machine, located at O.R Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, South Africa, comes equipped with a camera and facial recognition software that detects when a passer-by yawns. This prompts the machine—which is part of the brand's "Bye Bye Red Eye" ad campaign—to make a cup of coffee for the weary traveller, stat.  While there are plenty of concerns surrounding facial recognition, I think this is one use of the nascent technology that we can all get behind.

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Relive Curiosity's greatest accomplishments from its first year on Mars

Jacob Siegal Contributor, TechHive

Jacob Siegal spends a vast majority of his time surrounded with and invested in technology and media, so he decided he may as well start writing about it. You can find more of his writing at Game Rant and his topical tweets @JacobSiegal.


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August 6, 2012 was a terrifyingly exciting day for the men and women of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After years of planning and several months of space travel, Curiosity had finally reached Mars, and just seven minutes would decide if the robot would land safely on the surface. We all held our breath...and just like that the rover had touched down, safe and sound.

Curiosity has been a very busy rover since it landed on the Red Planet a year ago, so we figured that we would help commemorate this momentous occasion by recounting some of the rover's most noteworthy achievements.

Curiosity’s first steps

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Watch as the MESSENGER probe looks back to Earth, bids our fair planet adieu

Rachel Martin Contributor, TechHive

Rachel is a recent MIT graduate with a bachelor's in materials science and engineering. She likes 3D printing, solar cells, and maybe 3D printing solar cells, as well as videos of cats being confused by Roombas.
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NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, which is on an eight-years-and-counting mission to map and analyze the surface of Mercury, took the opportunity to look over its shoulder as it left Earth’s orbit for the first—and last—time.

MESSENGER has orbited Mercury over 2000 times since March 18, 2011, and is scheduled to crash-land on the surface of the solar system’s innermost planet when it completes its survey. Periodically, it’ll check out our home planet and send us a picture from an astronomical unit (plus or minus a bit) away.

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