3D PRINTING CAN NOW PRINT OBJECTS IN ONE TO TWO SECONDS

•December 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second or two. Light-based 3D printing techniques generally use lasers to cause a layer of resin to harden in a pattern, but like extrusion printers, they have to do it layer by layer. If the laser shined all the way through the liquid resin, it would cause a big line of it to cure. But what if you shined multiple weaker lasers through the resin, none of which was powerful enough to cure it except when they all intersected? That’s the technique developed by a team led by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This basic idea has been applied in several other domains: by carefully overlapping weak beams of light, sound or radiation, you can expose a chosen volume to a critical amount while leaving other areas largely untouched. In this case, the three beams of light must be carefully patterned to only intersect with each other and produce that constructive interference in the exact points that need to solidify. And once that pattern is set, it only takes a handful of seconds to actually complete the process of curing the resin — drain it away and your object is ready to use.You also could quickly print multiple structures simultaneously — a bunch of dice, for instance. So you see ‘3D all at once’ fabrication is possible,” lead researcher Maxim Shusteff told TechCrunchit’s not hard to imagine parties that would be interested in a 3D printer that creates things in a few seconds rather than, at the very least, several minutes, and more often, hours. This is going to revolutionize EARTH life completely.
The future is NOW.

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haven’t posted on 3d for a while but its still there and getting real fast..

“a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second or two.”

3d is revolutionary..but it will cost millions of humans their jobs in the long run..but thats progress so they say..

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Donald Trump wants to send man back to Moon

•December 14, 2017 • 3 Comments

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-12/trump-wants-to-send-man-back-to-moon-on-to-mars/9248842

At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, Mr Trump has vowed that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration, and kicked off a process to return Americans to the Moon.

Mr Trump has signed a policy directive instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery”.

“[The move] marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time exploration,” he said.

Past presidents, including George HW Bush and George W Bush, have also proposed returning to the Moon and missions to Mars, but budget constraints derailed their plans.

Mr Trump was joined at the White House by several current and former astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, and former US senator and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Jack Schmitt, one of the last people to walk on the Moon.

The President said he was taking a giant step toward “reclaiming America’s proud destiny in space”.

“Today we pledge that he will not be the last, and I suspect we’ll be finding other places to land in addition to the Moon,” Mr Trump said.

The ceremony also featured a moon rock 3.8 billion years old, collected by Mr Schmitt’s Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

In approving the new policy, Mr Trump abandoned what had been a goal of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who in 2010 backed a plan to send humans to a near-Earth asteroid.

NASA said initial funding for the new policy would be included in its budget request for fiscal year 2019.

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heh..i await our arrival on the moon..again..with great anticipation.. 🙂

“Past presidents, including George HW Bush and George W Bush, have also proposed returning to the Moon and missions to Mars, but budget constraints derailed their plans.”

i would have thought radiation derailed it eh?

“The ceremony also featured a moon rock 3.8 billion years old, collected by Mr Schmitt’s Apollo 17 mission in 1972.”

oh really?

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IMF warns over “large risks” for China’s financial system

•December 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

https://www.rt.com/business/412321-china-economy-risks-imf/

The growing debt dependency at a “dangerous pace” by the world’s second-biggest economy, China, has raised International Monetary Fund (IMF) concerns. The fund has warned of large risks and imbalances.

According to the IMF’s health check of China’s financial system, four-fifths of the country’s banks are at risk. China’s “big four” banks had adequate capital, but “large, medium and city-commercial banks appear vulnerable,” it said.

The system’s increasing complexity has sown financial stability risks, the IMF’s assessment said. “Credit growth has outpaced GDP growth, leading to a large credit overhang.”

The country’s debt is now equivalent to 234 percent of the country’s total output, the IMF report showed.

“The apparent primary goals of preventing large falls in local jobs and reaching regional growth targets have conflicted with other policy objectives such as financial stability.”

The IMF has acknowledged that President Xi Jinping is taking steps to contain the risks and is committed to improving financial security. It added Beijing should adjust its economic strategy further and create a body to focus solely on financial stability.

“Supervising one of the world’s largest and most complicated systems is a challenging task. The Chinese authorities have worked hard to keep pace with growth and innovation, but as in all countries, many gaps remain,” the IMF said.

“We recommend the authorities to de-emphasize the GDP” growth, said Ratna Sahay, deputy director of the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

She added that “implicit guarantees to SOEs [state-owned enterprises] need to be removed carefully and gradually.”

The IMF has also warned against the rapid development of new financial products, which it said could “very rapidly become large and popular and potentially a systemic risk.”

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china will play a large role in any global contagion that occurs..their books are dodgy..

“According to the IMF’s health check of China’s financial system, four-fifths of the country’s banks are at risk. China’s “big four” banks had adequate capital, but “large, medium and city-commercial banks appear vulnerable,” it said.”

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Volkswagen senior manager sentenced to 7 years in prison over “Dieselgate”

•December 14, 2017 • 2 Comments

https://finance.nine.com.au/2017/12/07/08/40/volkswagen-executive-sentenced-to-7-years-in-prison-for-role-in-dieselgate

One of Volkswagen’s most senior executives has been sentenced to 7 years in a US prison over his role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal.

Oliver Schmidt was convicted of concealing software that enabled Volkswagen to falsify compulsory emissions testing on their vehicles.

Schmidt plead guilty in a Detroit Federal Court after prosecutors found he had offered “bogus” explanations to Californian regulators as to why VW vehicles met emissions standards during testing, but far exceeded them on the road.

The executive led VW’s engineering and environmental office in Michigan from 2012 to early 2015.

Evidence showed that despite meeting with Californian regulators in 2015, Schmidt did not disclose why VW vehicles were testing oddly, and was later found to have destroyed documents that revealed the fraudulent software.

Schmidt’s legal team argued that it wasn’t him who hatched the plan to dupe emissions testing, but his role in covering up the fraudulent software should see his sentence capped at 40 months in prison.

After hearing arguments from both sides for 90 minutes, Judge Sean Cox said Schmidt’s role in ‘Dieselgate’ was too large to avoid a lengthy stay in prison.

In delivering his verdict, Cox said Schmidt was a “key conspirator” who used his role in the scheme as an opportunity to climb VW’s corporate ladder.

In 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an industry-shattering violation notice against Volkswagen that accused them of intentionally faking emissions testing for more than 11 million vehicles worldwide.

The EPA had discovered a software quirk – later found to be signed off and encouraged by VW management – allowed certain VW diesel engines to meet US emissions standards during testing, but then emit as much as 40 times more nitrogen oxide in real-time driving conditions.

The fraudulent software was installed on VW’s turbocharged direct injection engines, and allowed the automaker to save costs on emissions hardware while maintaining the advertised performance and fuel efficiency of their vehicles.

In March this year VW pleaded guilty to the scheme, and alongside losing almost a third of their stock price, fines issued by worldwide environmental protection agencies currently cost the company more than $30 billion.

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this is where you end up when you cross the church of global warming..you go to jail..

“Oliver Schmidt was convicted of concealing software that enabled Volkswagen to falsify compulsory emissions testing on their vehicles.”

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EU must become a United States of Europe by 2025

•December 13, 2017 • 8 Comments

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu-brexit-united-states-of-europe-martin-schulz-angela-merkel-coalition-spd-cdu-german-elections-a8097356.html

The leader of Germany’s main centre-left party has said he wants to establish a United States of Europe by 2025.

Martin Schulz, a former European Parliament president, said a convention should be set up to create a new constitution for Europe and that any country that did not adopt it should automatically be kicked out of the EU.

His comments come as he seeks permission of his SPD party to enter coalition talks with Angela Merkel, who has been unable to form a government without his support following elections in September.

“I want a new constitutional treaty to establish the United States of Europe. A Europe that is no threat to its member states, but a beneficial addition,” he said.

“A convention shall draft this treaty in close cooperation with the civil society and the people. Its results will then be submitted to all member states. Any state that won’t ratify this treaty will automatically leave the EU.”

Mr Schulz was speaking at the SPD’s convention in Berlin, where delegates will vote on whether to start coalition talks.

The party leader, who took the SPD to its worst performance at a German election in its recent history, had previously ruled out doing a deal with Ms Merkel and said the party needed to return to opposition to rejuvenate.

But months of talks between Ms Merkel’s CDU, the liberal FDP, and the Greens collapsed after the FDP pulled out of talks. If the SPD does not join a coalition then the most likely outcome will be new elections.

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perhaps this is what the movements like catalonia independence are really about..are we being played?

Martin Schulz, a former European Parliament president, said a convention should be set up to create a new constitution for Europe and that any country that did not adopt it should automatically be kicked out of the EU.”

tough words..

“I want a new constitutional treaty to establish the United States of Europe. A Europe that is no threat to its member states, but a beneficial addition,” he said.”

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How big can Starbucks grow?

•December 13, 2017 • 4 Comments

On Wednesday, Starbucks is opening its biggest cafe in the world in Shanghai.

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/05/how-big-can-starbucks-grow-try-china-home-to-its-biggest-cafe-at-30000-square-feet/

Starbucks sees China surpassing the U.S. as its largest market within a decade as it counts on the country’s affluent consumers to offset stagnant growth in the rest of the world.

On Wednesday, Starbucks is opening its biggest cafe in the world in Shanghai. The 30,000 square-feet store — about half the size of a soccer field — is part of upscale moves championed by founder and Chairman Howard Schultz. Customers at the cavernous new outlet on the West Nanjing Road shopping strip can watch beans being roasted, sample high-end brews and use a Starbucks augmented-reality digital app to interact with the store.

The roaster also plans to roll out mobile ordering and delivery of drinks and store goods in China, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson said in an interview in Shanghai. The company will team up with a strategic partner to help it with the service, he said.

The Seattle-based company is homing in on its fastest-growing market as it searches for ways to kick-start sluggish global sales after saturating the U.S. with lattes and cappuccinos. Three years after the company opened its first roastery on its home turf, Starbucks is testing the larger, upmarket store concept overseas for the first time in China, where it currently has 3,000 sites.

“It’s obvious to us that the holding power of China for Starbucks is going to be much more significant than the holding power of the U.S.,” Schultz said Tuesday at a briefing to unveil the new cafe. China is on course to be the company’s largest market in less than a decade, he added.

China is becoming crucial for Starbucks. Same-store sales gained 8 percent in the country during the most recent quarter, compared with 2 percent globally. Revenue from the Asia-Pacific region accounted for almost 15 percent of Starbucks’ revenue for the fiscal year ended in October. That’s up from 5.5 percent five years earlier.

The coffee chain would be the latest to jump onto the delivery bandwagon in a country where everything from fresh produce to forklifts can be purchased online and delivered the same day. Starbucks is exploring “a range of options” for delivery, said Johnson, who declined to specify when the service might begin.

“Having mobile ordering where you can either do a mobile order for pickup in the store or a mobile order to be delivered to you is the next frontier for us,” he said. “The innovation that I see in China is going faster and will be more comprehensive than anything we see in other parts of the world.”

Separately, the company could team up with Alibaba Group Holding on projects beyond mobile payment services, Schultz said in an interview.

“Jack and I have spoken about a lot of different things,” he said referring to Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, when asked whether the partnership could extend beyond mobile payment services. “The friendship and the shared values we have and their reach, our brand — there are things that we could do together.”

Customers in China can pay for Starbucks purchases using the mobile payment service from Alibaba-affiliate Alipay, which the roaster began accepting in September.

Starbucks expanded its investment in China in July, when it announced plans to buy out the partners in its East China joint venture. The company agreed to acquire the remaining 50 percent of the business in a $1.3 billion transaction, giving it ownership of about 1,300 cafes in Shanghai and the Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. Starbucks, which says it is opening a store every 15 hours in China, plans to have 5,000 cafes on the mainland by 2021.

Starbucks is betting China’s hunger for luxury goods is transferable to coffee. A standard latte at the coffee chain is already pricier than fresh brews at many local cafes in Shanghai. The demand for premium products — from autos to yogurt — is gaining traction as an increasing number of Chinese families cross the income threshold to become affluent.

“Chinese consumers, especially the younger generation, are looking for things more quality-driven, more unique, that speaks to who they are,” said Jack Chuang, a Shanghai-based partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants who has studied the Chinese coffee market. “For coffee, there’s a certain kind of ‘in-the-know’ from consumers who seek out these good boutique shops.”

Starbucks has said it plans other roastery cafes in New York, Tokyo and Italy. The concept is part of a broad push upmarket that includes a line of premium coffee called Reserve and cafes to showcase the new brand. Still, rollout has been slowed by high construction costs and trouble finding suitable real estate.

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is starbucks growth a clue to globalization and its reach?

“Starbucks is opening its biggest cafe in the world in Shanghai. The 30,000 square-feet store — about half the size of a soccer field — is part of upscale moves championed by founder and Chairman Howard Schultz.”

thats a lot of coffee!

“Starbucks has said it plans other roastery cafes in New York, Tokyo and Italy.”

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Canadian documentary pokes holes in Global-Warming mantra

•December 13, 2017 • 1 Comment

https://www.aier.org/blog/canadian-documentary-pokes-holes-global-warming-mantra

Our planet is actually colder than previous eras when life already existed, and, believe it or not, carbon dioxide does not have any clear correlation with global temperature growth. Examining climate fluctuations and natural dynamics from over 12,000 or 50,000 years appears to discredit the arguments of climate-change alarmists and the assertion of man-made global warming.

The documentary The Environment: A True Story invites us to rethink global warming and to question what the media and some influential actors say about it. Produced by Canadian history professor John Robson, the film presents historical evidence and comments from climate scientists, such as climatologist Richard Keen from the University of Colorado, Boulder, to demonstrate that “alarmism is not a good science.”

Robson, who describes himself as a passionate environmentalist, demonstrates in two hours and 40 minutes that the Earth’s climate has always fluctuated. It is, therefore, derelict to blame humans for something that already happened when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. It is even worse to study global warming with computer models originally designed to predict natural phenomenon that have, at most, only 150 years of recorded data.

Robson claims that a historical overview of the geographical and weather conditions of the planet is enough to shake up the commonly accepted belief in man-made global warming.

The interviewed specialists explain that the Earth passes through cycles of big ice ages and big melts. The Holocene epoch — the period since the last ice age — began 12,000 years back and has permitted human life, but it is actually an interglacial stage. Now the Earth is approaching the next big melt, and that explains some rising temperatures in recent years.

Robson suggests another key line of reasoning: the natural processes of the Earth recycle and reuse almost everything, including carbon dioxide. CO2 emissions are not as harmful as alarmists argue, and their presence “does not explain the climate variability” to the degree that sun activity does. In other words, the magnetic field of the sun alters the physical dynamics of the Earth, particularly those related to the water cycle. Therefore, the climate scientists presented argue that water vapor is instead the most important greenhouse gas when it comes to global temperature change.

Despite the film’s long duration of almost three hours, it addresses specific topics in brief scenes and presents consistent evidence against the analyses that favor man-made global warming. Robson finally recommends that decision-makers, who are wrongly basing their policies on alarmist analyses, stop wasting money and time on trying to solve a natural event and deal instead with real threats, such as withdrawing plastic from the oceans and taking conscious care of “our only home,” the Earth.

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deniers will rot in hell..see you in the hot corner..

“CO2 emissions are not as harmful as alarmists argue, and their presence “does not explain the climate variability” to the degree that sun activity does. In other words, the magnetic field of the sun alters the physical dynamics of the Earth, particularly those related to the water cycle. Therefore, the climate scientists presented argue that water vapor is instead the most important greenhouse gas when it comes to global temperature change.”

oh hes going to hell for sure!

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