Become an asteroid hunter
Space aficionados Nasa want you to help them find asteroids – from your computer. They’re offering $35,000 in incentives to those who can develop an algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. It would like members of the public to help develop code that can spot asteroids that are close to the planet in images which have been taken from telescopes based here on the ground.
Print yourself rich
From medieval armour for Barbie dolls to shoes it seems like almost everything can be 3D printed these days. Therefore it’s slightly unsurprising that the potential for 3D printing in the UK has a potential to be worth £2.9bn. New research has show that more than five million adults would be prepared to spend more than £500 on a 3D printer that they can use around their home.
Google’s superfast internet dream is gaining speed
The web giant wants to make superfast internet a thing and it’s not giving up on it. Analysts have said the company’s plans should be taken seriously after it invited 34 major cities to take part in the Google Fibre project – which will see gigabit connectivity.
Source: Market Watch
Rockin’ in the crowdfunded world
Singer-songwriter Neil Young has raised $3m dollars on Kickstarter for his Pono music player. The Pono, which promises to play FLAC files, smashed through its funding target of $800,000 in an incredibly short space of time and has numerous celebrity backers. The FLAC files are lossless and should play music of a higher quality than other media players that are in the market. Those who pledged more than $5,000 will receive a VIP dinner and listening session with Young himself.
Source: The Inquirer
Cats take Tim by surprise
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week then you would have heard it was the world wide web’s 25th birthday. To celebrate the founder of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, said a bill of rights is needed to protect the independence of the web and the rights of its users. He also later said that the thing he was most surprised about the web’s use was the number of cat pictures which have been posted online.
Source: The Guardian
3D printing image courtesy of Campus Party Brazil via Flickr / Creative Commons.