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What Marines are Doing With 3D Printer Technology Will Blow Your Mind

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The U.S. Marine Corps is utilizing 3D printing technology in a fascinating and creative way to help solve the issue of housing for troops in the field.

Working in collaboration with the Army and the Navy Seabees, the Marines are building 3D printed barracks for soldiers.

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The concrete 500-square-foot barracks could prove invaluable to U.S. troops in combat zones. Currently, it can take five days for 10 Marines to build a barracks out of wood.

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The process took 40 hours, but could be done in a single day if the process was run by a robot. During this test, Marines had to continually monitor the progress of the printer and refill it with fresh concrete, making the process more time consuming.

Even with humans running the process, this is still significantly faster than the current system, the barracks are more secure, and only four Marines are needed to oversee the system.

“This exercise had never been done before,” Capt. Matthew Friedell said in a news release on the Marine Corps website. “People have printed buildings and large structures, but they haven’t done it onsite and all at once. This is the first-in-the-world, onsite continuous concrete print.”

“In active or simulated combat environments, we don’t want Marines out there swinging hammers and holding plywood up,” Friedell said. “Having a concrete printer that can make buildings on demand is a huge advantage for Marines operating down range.”

What’s really cool about this technology is that it has applications outside of military uses as well. Just imagine being able to build houses, schools, and community buildings after a natural disaster of some sort? The sky is is the limit.

While it’s easy to get down on technology, what with the myriad abuses we see of it every day on Facebook and Twitter, it’s important to remember that lots of new advancements taking place right now are making life better for all of human kind.

This 3D printing technology serves as a great reminder of that truth.

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Amazon Rolls Out Creepy ‘Pay By Palm’ Hardware at Whole Foods

Is this one of the harbingers of a cashless society?

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Throughout much of modern history, Americans and their cash were two separate things.  One was a human being, breathing and walking about, earning money.  The money was an inanimate commodity of varying value that we used to keep the organism alive, fat, and happy. But in the future, it seems as though we may find ourselves intrinsically, and anatomically indistinguishable from our bank account.  In fact, it appears as though Amazon is banking on it. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said. Of course, the move is being regarded as a terrifying leap into Orwellian territory by privacy experts, as it appears to push us ever closer to a cashless society where hackers and power failures could doom us all to poverty in the blink of an eye.

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Fraternal Order of Police Responds to LeBron James’ Tweet Fiasco

And they were NOT happy.

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The politicization of American sports has been ongoing for some time, perhaps decades, but the most recent acceleration of this melding has come thanks to the power of social media and the blurring of the line between celebrity and athlete. At the forefront of this movement has been the NBA, and, more specifically, superstar LeBron James. This week, James came under fire for a tweet in which he referenced the Derek Chauvin trial’s guilty verdicts, with a photo of another officer who was involved in the shooting of a young black girl and text stating “you’re next”. The tweet was seen as a threat by many, including the Fraternal Order of Police who responded harshly. On Wednesday, James tweeted a photo of the officer involved in the shooting with a caption reading “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet has since been deleted. James was reacting to the deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Hours later, the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a photo of James’ original tweet, saying: “[email protected], with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.” James attempted to walk back the tweet after deleting it, by issuing an explanation that garnered only a lukewarm response online.

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