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3d printed clothing is getting better.
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+Yuriy Fazylov no, but they might enjoy printing themselves a little something at a boutique shop once they get somewhere. 

+Jim Richardson you want to talk about cotton? Because it's not very good for either "warm" or "dry" either. I don't know that these clothes will hit the mainstream (eh, if you can afford that little modesty, you're probably not hard up for clothes in the first place) but I could see these being combined with something like the "electroloom" to create truly unique, well fitted fashion "on the spot" in certain high-end-but-not-exclusive markets (Las Vegas, Miami, LA, Paris, Greece/Italy...). 
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3d printed, uses pennies for the counterweight, based on an expired patent, gyroscopic walking toy.
what's not to like?
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A bare volcanic island turned into a paradise by none other than Charles Darwin. Fascinating. 
A lonely island in the South Atlantic conceals Darwin's best-kept secret. Could it shed light on the colonisation of Mars?
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This is impressive.
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hmmm,  check for something close

If it isn't there and you cannot wait, use blender or autodesk123d, or sketchup (all free) to make your shape, then upload it yourself to shapeways, they already print with ceramics, I can't see why they cannot make what you want.

12 gallons is bigger than their average print... so might be spendy.
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Awesome. now plant something in the canals that will clean the water and prevent soil erosion.
Saving water while producing electricity.
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+Charles Bosse Prove it. There is no prototype IV gen. modular reactor online anywhere that I can find. You're another nuclear troll invading a solar power thread. If nuclear power had any legs you wouldn't be here trolling. 
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they found vast clouds of buckyballs in space in  1922. They just didn't know what they were.
Scientists have long wondered what's in the wispy cloud of gas floating in the space between the stars, absorbing starlight. Turns out it's a form of carbon named after architect Buckminster Fuller.
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I can think of a few uses. 
"When you think of the potential scientific advancements that will propel mankind into the future, maybe you think of artificial intelligence, space travel, or even genetic modification. But we're guessing that “algae” doesn't feature anywhere on your list.'
From biofuels to a future source of space food, algae might just be the most important substance in all of science.
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algae might also be used with space travel. It would be useful as a closed ecological life support system.
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Very interesting. I'll bet there's some debate on THIS topic

(from the comments)
the author of the article is the director of a climate-change-denying and big-oil-financed lobby group ...
She's also been suspended for plagiarism
But restrictions on the use of insecticides meant to protect pollinators could make things worse for crop growers, and for the environment
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+Colin Wernham How is this anything close to a conspiracy theory ? Do you actually know what the term means ?
Let me recap my position just to be clear : The article is not a trustworthy ( ie unbiased ) source of information on this matter, because it is written by somebody with obvious conflicts of interest on the subject ( because she is the director of a lobby group financed by companies ( the oil/chemical industry ) that have an interest in selling the product she defends ), and ( because she is a climate-science denier ) with either a poor understanding of science or a completely dishonest stance on it.

How is this a conspiracy theory ? Lobbying is a public thing, everything I've stated here can be easily verified online, they do not hide it. Lobbying is actually regulated by the law in most places. There is no conspiracy here, there is companies protecting their interests, without hiding that's what they are doing ( if you care to actually look up who is writing and what they do ).

Conspiracy theory implies both illegality, and secret, neither of which are present here, and I did not say they were. This is not a conspiracy, it's a conflict of interest, and it's biased journalism. This is a common and well known practice. These companies actually disclose how much money they spend on this ( in places where the law demands they do ), and do not hide what the money is for ...


About this thing you said : « If you want more pesticide use, then ban neonics. », this is a false-dichotomy fallacy. This is not a situation with only two possible solutions : "ban neonics/increase pesticide use" and "allow neonics/reduce pesticide use". The few others that pop into my mind : organic ( you make it clear what you think of that ), reduced production ( which is always a solution if neither of your propositions are sustainable ), developing new technologies ( which maintaining the status-quo slows down ) ... I'm sure others could be mentioned : definitely not a dichotomy.

This is also a false dichotomy in the sense that the two options are not «banning» and «not banning» : increased regulations, reduced use, different methods of use, localized/rotating use, or mixing use with other techniques, are all intermediary solutions that do not require a complete ban, while at the same time providing at least partial protection to the ecosystem.

It's also an appeal to consequences fallacy : Whether or not banning neonics would result in increased traditional pesticides use, has no bearing on whether or not they are dangerous by themselves, which was the subject.


You also say "Bees suffer from varoa mites and other pests", thus implying ( if I understand you correctly ) that neonics are not responsible for the problems. This is in contradiction with the current scientific concensus, which says that it's a combination of factors that is responsible for the problem, and both varoa mites and neonics are such factors. To explain it simply : bees would be better able to resist the problems varoa mites cause if they were not disturbed by neonics, and they would be better able to resist the problems neonics cause if they were not disturbed by varoa mites.

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A long article explaining why DNA modification just got easy. Easy enough for anyone who knows the CRISPR technique and has a few tools can do it.
We now have the power to easily alter DNA. It could eliminate disease. It could solve world hunger. It could get really out of hand.
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A revolution for molecular biology? Do we have to worry now about disrupted ecosystems?
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Still fall down a lot, sometimes have trouble getting back up, and kick the ball the wrong way once in a while, but these comical bots are clearly better than last year. 
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+Laston Kirkland because there particular robots are toys.
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heh, I checked, you can buy it on amazon.

I would suspect though this might actually be worse than kudzu.
FIFTY million years ago the Earth was in a dire state. Overheated by runaway greenhouse gases, the future of life seemed bleak. But a little green fern saved the day. Can it do it again?
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Ducks can eat it and it seems to be an integral part of a rice, azolla, duck, paddy permaculture that has been used in China. The trick would be to aerial seed it in high latitude pond cultures once the spring melt was well underway. All summer it would feed waterfowl and freeze back and die in the winter sequestering carbon. 
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A bit hyperbolic. But a good read. I'm sure a few people might disagree with this.
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian
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+Leland LeCuyer thank you for clarification, makes sense.
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