Texas state officials and Sematech (www.sematech.org) are planning to set up a $200 million semiconductor research center in Austin, hoping that more than 4,000 new high-tech jobs will be generated in the next 10 years. The Advanced Materials Research Center, to be headed by the University of Texas system and other Texas universities, will focus on leading-edge materials and capabilities for next-generation semiconductors, as well as cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and other related high-tech areas.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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