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Robotic construction of Lunar and Martian infrastructure using 3D printing. Contour Crafting

Want to build a moon base? Easy. Just print it

Why carry building materials from Earth into space, when we can build structures by 3D printing using materials found out there?
A depiction of the destruction. Humam Alsalim and Rami Bakhos

Should we 3D print a new Palmyra?

Work is already underway to repair the damage to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, but we need to question if technology will take things too far.
Stop printing all over my patent. Enrique Dans/flickr

How 3D printing threatens our patent system

Copyright law had to figure out how to deal with digital media. Now 3D printers – and their capacity for infringement – are poised to challenge the patent system in a similar way.
All 18 bricks assembled perfectly. © - Only use with this story Adar Hacohen

Self-building 3D printed bricks hint at future without assembly lines

A new study has shown that high frequency vibrations can cause bricks to self-assemble into a larger 3D cylinder, a finding that may one day help do away with the need for assembly lines.
Will synthetic rhino horns decrease demand or aid law enforcement? David W Cerny/Reuters

The trouble with using synthetic rhino horn to stop poaching

A company plans to flood the market with synthetic rhinoceros horn in an effort to slow poaching but these types of commercially driven conservation efforts are fraught with problems.

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