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From dental braces to astronauts’ seats
Economist, by Staff

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Posted By:Drive, 9/6/2013 12:21:21 PM

EVER since 3D printing—the ability to construct solid objects by building them up, a layer at a time, in plastic or metal—hit public consciousness a couple of years ago, comment has veered towards two extremes. Fans, often in America, insist it will have a dramatic impact, undermining the economics of mass production and repatriating jobs to the West. According to the Harvard Business Review, “China will have to give up on being the mass-manufacturing powerhouse of the world.” Critics denounce it as overblown hype—“a gimmick” according to Terry Gou, the boss of Foxconn, a manufacturing giant in China: he says

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steph_gray, 9/6/2013 12:31:26 PM     (No. 9508607)

This development sounds to me a little like the desktop publishing revolution. Both put technologies into the hands of individuals that had been unavailable before. Could go far...

Perhaps Terry Gou´s quote will join those of other bad prognosticators like the Wall Street executive who, when asked about adopting Mr. Bell´s invention for the stock exchange, replied that they already had a perfectly adequate supply of errand boys.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Peach1, 9/6/2013 1:00:33 PM     (No. 9508660)

Maybe we could create some honest politicians who have America´s best interest at heart.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 9/6/2013 1:19:27 PM     (No. 9508705)

@#2: Fat chance...

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Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 3:33:21 PM     Post Reply
Justin Bieber’s personal plane — headed to New Jersey for the Super Bowl — was held at Teterboro Airport on Friday afternoon under suspicion it was carrying marijuana, law enforcement sources said. The plane had just arrived at 2:53 p.m. from Toronto when authorities detected what was described as a strong odor of pot. The plane, believed to be a twin-jet Raytheon Hawker 800, was ordered held until drug-sniffing dogs could check it out. It was not clear if Bieber was aboard. The singer planned to fly from his native Canada so he could take in the Super Bowl and pre-game festivities.

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Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 2:56:40 PM     Post Reply
The most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey is filled with ominous news for the president. It’s not simply that the president’s approval ratings are near all-time lows for him in this particular poll (43 approve v. 51 disapprove). Or that for the third-straight survey those who view Obama negatively (44 percent) outnumber those who view him positively (42 percent). It’s also the sour and anxious mood of the nation. Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed (68 percent) believe the country has either gotten worse or stayed stagnant during the Obama era. Fifty-nine percent say they are either “pessimistic and

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Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 2:05:44 PM     Post Reply
Just when cruise lines thought they might be headed for calmer waters ... At least 162 passengers and 11 crew members have reported being ill on board Princess Cruises´ Caribbean Princess, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The institute said health officers would board the ship in Houston to investigate the gastrointestinal illness, which is causing vomiting and diarrhea. The news follows reports of sickness this week on another cruise ship, this one from the Royal Caribbean line. Nearly 700 crew and passengers fell ill aboard the Royal Caribbean´s Explorer of the Seas, the highest number of

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: Drive- 1/31/2014 12:17:24 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Drive- 1/30/2014 2:14:21 PM     Post Reply
Remember that spiky-haired blonde fitness guru all over TV years ago? Her famous line was "Stop the insanity!" As a commonsense-thinking black conservative, I offer the same clarion call to fellow black Americans: "Stop the insanity!" Why do you continue sleeping with the enemy, voting for liberal Democrats whose policies imply that you are inferior, stupid, and culturally immoral? When the NAACP and Democrats claim that requiring a photo ID disenfranchises blacks, such implies we are stupid. For the life of me, I do not understand why millions of blacks are not highly insulted by this absurd claim. Do blacks fly?



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