Passion for Pontificating on 3 – D ” Printing “

Okay, maybe not ” pontificating “, & I wish that the industry would come up with another term besides ” printing  “, but it’s just such a fascinating subject that I feel a certain attraction to it.

& I could almost believe that Gene Roddenberry foretold the whole thing in the various incarnations of Star Trek.

I’m particularly interested in the medical applications of 3 – D ” printing ” & making humanity’s lot just a tiny bit better in that regard – Skin, organ & muscle tissue, or substances similar to them, that can help a lot of people with disorders, diseases & the results of accidents.

If we’re ” playing God “, then I prefer to think God / a Higher Power would say ” Go for it “.

As usual ( Disclaimer ) I can’t always vouch for the accuracy of these links.

http://www.psfk.com/2014/10/skin-graft-technology-3d-printing.html

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/wake-forest-3d-prints-skin-cells-burn-wounds

New Printers Populate 3D Printing Korea 2015 – 3D Printing Industry

This makes me wish I could see one in real – time action. I confess, for all my enthusiasm, I have only seen them in videos – LOTS & LOTS of videos ! It’s like describing one of the Apollo launches when I was nowhere near Kennedy Space Center / the Cape back then.
I believe this can become a ” Cottage Industry ” just like weaving or wine – making were not so terribly long ago. Or they’ll steadily become as ubiquitous & inexpensive as the replicators in the Star Trek universe.
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Source: New Printers Populate 3D Printing Korea 2015 – 3D Printing Industry

Republicans Refuse To Condemn Saudi and American Evangelical Religious Police As ‘ISIS-Like’

I have NO room for ISIS extremists, Christian hyper – Evangelicals on steroids who want to turn the U.S. into ” Jesus – Land ” & ostracize everyone who ISN’T a WASP Christian ( Or at least programmed with their particular version of Protestant Fundamentalist Christianity & xenophobic distrust / hatred. ) or the ” Extreme ” atheists who believe that everyone who believes in things unseen & unmeasurable are poor mindless, blind, deluded sheep – or maybe lemmings.
To be continued, again, later –
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To a substantial number of people if they talk like ISIS and behead people for religious non-compliance like ISIS, the Saudis are ISIS-like.

Source: Republicans Refuse To Condemn Saudi and American Evangelical Religious Police As ‘ISIS-Like’

Franken Flatworms Grow Heads and Brains of Other Species

Call them chameleons, chimera, the multi – taskers of the animal kingdom.
They show some unusual behaviour ( s ) & maybe these little critters would share some secrets with us about changing & alteration ( Says the man who resembles Jason Alexander / George Costanza more than he does George Clooney. 🙂 ) even though researchers altered THEM 1st.
This world will never really stop ceasing to amaze me – At least in terms of nature & science.
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Without altering a single DNA molecule, researchers engineered a flatworm to grow the heads of different species.

Source: Franken Flatworms Grow Heads and Brains of Other Species

Humans Season 2 cast – Humans AMC TV show – Humans spoilers, pictures

robot-faceI LOVED, LOVED, ** LOVED ** the 1st season of ” HUMANS ” on AMC. I was hoping for a 2nd season & it looks like this will come to pass.
It’s like ” Blade Runner “, ” I, Robot ” ( in series form ) ” A.I. ” & several other concepts about artificial intelligence & ” synthetic people ” blended together.
& humanoid robots exist – although they’re mostly used for P.R. purposes & mostly in Japan & Korea. They can’t do any ” heavy lifting ” & just how artificially – intelligent they are is up for debate. I think the humanoid robots / androids that exist now in the real world are just very – cleverly programmed puppets / electronic marionettes.
But they DO exist, & IF ( Big ” IF ” ) some ideas that I’ve heard have any weight at all, robots & synthetic people might be a reality before the mid – 21st century. AND they’d be affordable ( Maybe on a ” rent to own ” basis ? ) as well.
So the idea ( s ) behind ” HUMANS ” might not be so far – fetched after all ( I said, with memories of ” Small Wonder ” & The early Disney Channel’s ” Not Quite Human ” drifting through my mind – & Asimov’s robot stories, of course ). I’ll be looking forward to see how the plot develops. Would they be servants, or equals ?
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Humans Season 2 cast, spoilers, pictures, bios, latest news, show summary, forum and more. Humans (TV show) on AMC is a drama series, based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, that is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth — a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart.

Source: Humans Season 2 cast – Humans AMC TV show – Humans spoilers, pictures

3DFlow’s 3D Zephyr Software Takes Photogrammetry into the Future – 3D Printing Industry

Revolutionary ! & it’s going to be even better in the future. If it can ” print ” DNA, what won’t it be able to next.
I think the 1st movie to even HINT at the possibility of 3 – D ” printing ” was Sam Raimi’s 1990 ” Darkman ” ( Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake / ” Darkman ” ) involving a scientist who can fabricate synthetic skin for burn victims / other disfigurements often employing photography.
I’ve said it before : I’m somewhat HOOKED on this science application.
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Source: 3DFlow’s 3D Zephyr Software Takes Photogrammetry into the Future – 3D Printing Industry

Peace symbol-wearing Muslim girl to Trump: I heard you wanted us to wear badges so I chose one for myself

You tell him, girl ! Making a good choice of symbols aimed at that deluded fascist nut – case.
Too bad the GOP puts so much weight on division & mindless paranoia. Things could’ve been SO different for them if they embraced unity & sanity.
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Source: Peace symbol-wearing Muslim girl to Trump: I heard you wanted us to wear badges so I chose one for myself

Republicans Hypocritically Call out Trump’s Fascist ‘Spy on Your Neighbor’ Proposals

After this election, or maybe the next one, the Republicans will have to hammer out a lot of dents to their reputation & credibility, even to the handful of Republicans who are moderate & can make decisions without getting their programming from Fox News & the Religious Right ” pundits “.
That’s going to be a fair bunch of maintenance, should they decide to do it.
Either that or the GOP collapses under the weight of a trainload of lies, contradictions, half – truths, paranoia, etc. The GOP has lost touch with the average person. Do they care ?
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It is true, Trump is a fascist, but so are Republicans, the Koch brothers, and millions of angry white racist evangelicals and the Tea Party

Source: Republicans Hypocritically Call out Trump’s Fascist ‘Spy on Your Neighbor’ Proposals

On Eve Of Paris Climate Talks, Pope Takes Aim At Republican Obstructionists

Go get ’em Pope Francis ( ” Pope Frank ” ! 🙂 )
If I were Catholic or formally religious, I would be behind him all the way. He appears NOT to be stuck in the past like some religious ( Christian fundamentalists, theocrats, etc. ) leaders & ” theologians / ” self – proclaimed religious ” authorities “.
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Pope Francis is warning that it would be “catastrophic” if special interests get in the way of a global climate agreement.

Source: On Eve Of Paris Climate Talks, Pope Takes Aim At Republican Obstructionists