Once the basics for 3D-printer technology were established with plastic filament, the next step was experimenting with a variety of materials, which sees us pretty much smack-bang where we are now. Metal, ceramics, sandstone, sugar and even living tissue are all materials that have seen their way into 3D printing.
Facebook beat Twitter as the top Social API, while Spotify came ahead of Echo Nest as the main Music API. Unity was the top Game Engine.
Back in March, we introduced a chip upstart taking aim at the efficiency of future exascale systems called Rex Computing. The young company is now armed with $1.25 million to hire another few engineers to move the Neo chips from concept to production—and also has a sizable DARPA contract to match the early interest it found with select national labs in the U.S..
The U.S. Defense Department recently began testing a laser that might someday be affixed to drones to knock incoming missiles out of the sky.
Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, nominated by the Obama administration to replace Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he agrees with Navy Adm. William Gortney, head of U.S. Northern Command, on the need for the military to develop ways to thwart ballistic missiles earlier in flight, possibly with lasers.
It's hard not to view Google as an 800-pound gorilla, beating competitors at every turn thanks to its vast mountains of cash and engineering talent. But there's one field where the Mountain View-based search giant has frequently stumbled: repeated attempts to build a foothold in the biomedical realm have either failed or not borne fruit yet. Now it's trying again.