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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.
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.
What can the CES tell us about the future of technology? Intel Free Press

Smaller is smarter at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

An app that can unlock your front door with a digital key and the latest wearable sex tech OhMiBod are just some of the next…
Shapeshifting: 3D printed materials that change shape over time. Dan Raviv/Scientific Reports

Explainer: what is 4D printing?

Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is 30 years old this year. Today, it’s found not just in industry but in households, as the price of 3D printers has fallen below US$1,000. Knowing you can print…
Ian Burkhart moves his paralysed hand using the thought-controlled Neurobridge brain implant. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Nanotechnology to outer space: ten top tech innovations of 2014

Don’t be mesmerised by cool apps and flashy new gizmos – the top technology inventions of the year are ones that will have a lasting effect. Most are advances in fields that are already changing us. Some…
The 3D printing market is expected to be worth US$16.2 billion a year by 2018. EPA/Bas Czerwinski

The 3D revolution is upon us – and designers need better protection

3D printing is predicted to transform the business landscape of design-led innovation. But how well protected are Australian designs from unauthorised use? IP Australia – which administers Australia’s…

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