How far can $6 million take you? The latest answer might be as far as the moon. Newly open for bidding on eBay is the "Moon Crash Project" from Orbital Development (http://rbi.ims.ca/3850-566), which asks for at least $6 million to launch a spacecraft that'll carry 22 lbs (10 kg) of personal cargo to be smashed into the lunar terrain. Gregory Nemitz, President of Orbital Development, told CNN that the project might be "attractive to some bored rich guy who's tired of playing with his radio-controlled model airplanes and wants to move up to the next level." In addition, the company would return digital photos of the lunar journey and the impact as part of the project.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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