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MIT’s MultiFab 3D Printer Prints in 10 Materials and Embeds Components

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MIT recently reported that they’ve created a 3D printer that fabricates
objects from 10 different materials at the same time, using a combination of “machine vision” and 3D scanning. ..Read More....


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 4, 2015 4:13 PM

#3DPrinting #Manufacturing #STEM

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Game-Based Learning - A Look at Why & How to use in your Classroom

Game-Based Learning - A Look at Why & How to use in your Classroom | SciFiBeyond | Scoop.it

“No TV until you finish that level.”

Can you imagine? Recent research shows that video games, once considered public school enemy number one, might just be one of our greatest assets in delivering an effective education.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 15, 2013 11:47 PM

If you are considering implementing some game-based learning next year, or you would like read about why game-based learning is being used in classrooms check out this post. A wide range are discussed including:

* How game-based learning works

* The hidden learning that may take when playing games

* Results of a survey from teachers whom use game-based learning in their classroom

* The potential drawbacks

Nancy Jones's curator insight, June 19, 2013 10:03 AM

I strongly believe this is a valuable tool for certain types of learning.

Ryan McDonough's curator insight, July 7, 2014 8:02 AM

Providing the pros and cons of game-based-learning, they portray gaming in a positive light. The value of gaming is stated throughout, pinpointing engagement factors and citing statistics to back up their claims. As an avid gamer myself, I don't need stats to prove anything. I know how addicting they can be. If kids can learn when they don't even realize they're learning, it is referred to as "hidden learning". That's the key. If games like Portal  can be played without kids thinkng they're educational games, then that's good news for parents and educators alike. The fact of the matter is Portal is a very challenging puzzle game that requires careful planning and attention to move up levels.

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Cool Stuff We Like: Oblivion Movie Trailers 2 & 3, Tom Cruise & Morgan Freeman Sci-Fi Flick

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Two new trailers just published for Oblivion, the coming sci-fi flick starring Tom Cruise and Morgan. The current release date is April 19. 

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Cool Stuff We Like: Review of New "Roadside Picnic" Translation at io9

Cool Stuff We Like: Review of New "Roadside Picnic" Translation at io9 | SciFiBeyond | Scoop.it

Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky is an eerie, unsettling, and haunting work. I first read it in the Eighties when a friend turned me on to it, and to this day I can still say I've never read anything quite like it. To those who are about to read it for the first time, I say, "Abandon all preconceptions, ye who enter here."

This new post is occasioned by the publication of a new translation that I just found reviewed at the popular io9 sci-fi site. The forward is written byUrsula K. LeGuin, who was one of the first to review it on this side of the Iron Curtain many years ago.

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Allan Dale Maurer's curator insight, August 15, 2014 8:49 AM

The original, published while the Soviet Union existed, was heavily censored. It was made into a very strange Tartovsky film, "Stalker," which you can find and view free online. Stalker, in turn, led to a book length essay on every scene in the film. I'm not sure I could watch it that often.

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NBC Releases Full Pilot of New Sci-Fi Series REVOLUTION from JJ Abrams ... - The Daily BLAM!

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E! OnlineNBC Releases Full Pilot of New Sci-Fi Series REVOLUTION from JJ Abrams ...The Daily BLAM!NBC Releases Full Pilot of New Sci-Fi Series REVOLUTION from J.J. Abrams & Jon Favreau. By Pietro Filipponi Published: September 4, 2012 - 9:01pm.
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SnapIt - Screen Capture Software

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SnapIt Screen Capture is a powerful and easy to use screen capture software.You may take screenshots of any part of your screen with one click and save captured images in JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF formats.It supports hotkeys, auto saving images, etc. With one click you may simply capture every region you see on the screen and paste it to the paint, word, excel, outlook or any other software.Just click Print Screen button and select any region with cursor.

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SteamPunk Magazine 9

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SteamPunk Magazine #9! This long-awaited issue is our thickest yet, coming in at 118 pages of mad science, history, interviews, fashion, and fiction!


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Free to download at Combustion Books. 

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Asil's curator insight, May 25, 2013 6:29 PM

As always, there's a free download!

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, May 28, 2013 3:35 AM

This issue covers such subjects as: dieselpunk, anti-fascist fashion, DIY miniature airships, paper dolls, the New Orleans general strike of 1892, loaded dice and swindles, the Red Fork Empire, surrealism, machine intelligence, and post-mortem communications!


Click above and hit the "web" button. Open the PDF in your web browser and save it - If you like you can buy the printed version. 

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's comment, May 28, 2013 3:37 AM
Thanks - it's great :-)
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Cool Stuff We Like: MIB & Gray Barker: Engineering an Urban Legend

Was the whole "Men in Black" urban legend a deliberately engineered phenomenon? Yes, says prominent journalist John C. Sherwood, who did original reporting on sightings of the Men in Black for UFO activist Grey Barker's publications many years ago. He tells a fascinating story... check it out. 

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Cool Stuff We Like: William Gibson's Neuromancer Headed for the Big Screen

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Popular sci-fi website io9 is reporting that William Gibson's cyberpunk classic, Neuromancer, is indeed headed for the big screen after many fits and false starts over the years. They link to the GFM Films Neuromancerpage with concept art and some minimal information about the production and direction personnel, and a synopsis.

Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg have reportedly been offered lead roles in the movie. The budget is claimed to be $60M.

There is a further link to a recent io9 interview with William Gibson in which he discusses the novel and the film.

I haven't yet found any info concerning a timeline for the film's release, thought it still seems to be early days in the production cycle.

I also found a page of cool Neuromancer concept art at the website of BlueSunCorp, though I have no idea if they have any connection to the film or not.

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Cool Stuff We Like: "Beast from the Sea," A Supernatural Noir Thriller

Cool Stuff We Like: "Beast from the Sea," A Supernatural Noir Thriller | SciFiBeyond | Scoop.it

Beast from the Sea is an unusual novel of speculative fiction written by a very talented author, a young woman who is a relative of ours, with pen name, R.B. Kannon. It is a tale of the supernatural and the metaphysical, a murder mystery with a noir flavor, a political thriller and a horror story all rolled into one... The disparate strands of this subtle, sophisticated novel are artfully woven together into a vivid, seamless whole.

This tale is set in the (fictional) desert city of Babylon (not the actual city in Iraq!). Here is my short teaser introduction to the story with no spoilers:

Babylon, "a city both ancient and new," sprawls on the edge of an evaporating sea, and burns beneath a desert sun. Five years ago a popular uprising against her ruling Ministry and its allied religious establishment, the Unity, was put down with extreme violence. The city, now embargoed by the outside world, simmers with suppressed rage and teeters on the edge of chaos.

The inexplicable murder of Ministry Undersecretary Aaron Crowley has Detective Maxwell Summers caught in a dangerous bind, for a powerful and feared Apostle of the Unity, Lucrecia Grey, was present at the scene when Crowley was murdered. Summers knows that the Apostle is essentially untouchable, and could never be brought to justice for the crime, even if guilty. Yet despite the dangers to his career, and perhaps to his life, Summers is driven to a relentless pursuit of the truth. Unfortunately for him, truth is a rare and unwelcome commodity in treacherous, deceitful Babylon. 

Meanwhile, on the city's outskirts a controversial paleontology dig has uncovered mysterious artifacts of Babylon's ancient past. Some find it troubling that the Apostles of the Unity seem to have more than a merely scientific interest in these strange findings. Summers, as he wonders at the presence of the Apostle at the murder scene, finds it troubling that the murdered Undersecretary was the Ministry's sponsor of the dig. 

Crowley's handpicked dig site supervisor, Elijah Carver, may be the wild card in the deck. An outsider to Babylon, a man with an unknown past, the scientists on the dig team respect him but are puzzled by Crowley's choice, for he has no scientific credentials from Babylon's University, or any other, for that matter. Yet his apparent knowledge of the site and its ancient past is uncanny. 

As unwelcome as truth of any kind is to Babylon's rulers, the truth will ultimately out when the paths of the Apostle, the detective, and the enigmatic Carver cross. Each of these three characters is in relentless, obsessive pursuit of his own conflicting objectives, and when they collide with one another the truth of Babylon's ancient past and troubled present cannot help but be revealed. The only question is, can Babylon survive the revelation of truth, or can it subsist only on lies?

 

The prose is beautiful and poetic, the settings are evocative and atmospheric. The characters are finely drawn, and the dialog is noir-detective-story snappy. One reader told me that he thought the world of Beast from the Sea was so vividly realized that from the first page he felt like he'd walked into a real world with a real history behind it. Another reader, a former professional photographer, called it "cinematic," like "a sequence of storyboards." I found it to be a compelling story, filled with gorgeous textures of light and color and sound. In some places it is horrifying, though never gratuitously so; in others it is heart-breaking, but throughout you sense that it is informed by a humane and compassionate sensibility.

Check it out, and especially see the reader reviews at the Amazon Kindle listing. And note that although the author is young, in her twenties, this is not to be classified as young adult or teenage fiction, this is a book written for grownups, though it certainly is meant to be enjoyed by intelligent young readers, also. 

It's available now on Nook and Kindle... see our Kindle listing link below. If you don't have a Kindle e-reader, you can download a free reader for PC from Amazon, or one for the  iPad. If you prefer Barnes & Noble, they have free downloads of a reader application for Android mobile devices and also the iPhone and iPad.

The cover artwork was created by web and graphics designer Jason Sikes of Village Green Studios.

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