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Amplify.LA was founded to help grow the number of seed-stage startups in Los Angeles, by launching an accelerator and coworking space. Since then, it’s been home to a host of companies that rotate in and out of its offices in the heart of Venice, Calif. Read More
3 things you need to know on Wednesday, Aug. 20:
Attorney General Eric Holder visited the city and called for “concrete action,” telling community members change is possible.
St. Louis County police said they arrested 51 people overnight, and that most were from the area.
A 25-year-old man was named in Tuesday’s police shooting that left him dead.
REPORTERS IN FERGUSON, Mo.: Amanda Wills (@amandawills), Ashley Codianni (@AshleyCodianni) | EDITORS IN NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, TORONTO, AUSTRALIA: Brian Ries (@moneyries), Jonathan Ellis (@jonathanellis), Kate Sommers-Dawes (@ekatesd), Anita Li (@neeeda) , Jenni Ryall (@jennijenni) Read more…Bsweet
Halt and Catch Fire has been renewed for a second season
Yes, we’re shocked, too
Creatively, the computer drama found solid footing toward the end of the freshman season and the live ratings were cool at best. (The season finale earlier this month pulled in just 574,000 viewers; by comparison, the finale of AMC’s cancelled cop drama Low Winter Sun pulled in 630,000 viewers.)
But the audience was there, with an average DVR boost of 78%; in the end, the season averaged of 1.3 million viewers, including live viewing and seven days of DVR playback. AMC said the renewal is an example of their commitment to “patience” with new shows Read more…Bsweet
California’s Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Monday that it had been awarded an Air Force contract to develop 3-D printing for “Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing.” Unlike traditional 3-D printing that shapes parts out of composites and plastics, additive manufacturing uses lasers to melt metals into complex shapes with very specific hardness and heat tolerances.
Making complex metal parts for aerospace usually requires a multi-machine process to cast, forge, machine, assemble and weld a given part or assembly. Additive manufacturing combines many steps into one machine.
The additive manufacturing process starts with a 3-D computer-aided-design drawing loaded into the 3-D printer. Then, an electron beam gun deposits metal layer by layer to create a form. Lasers then cut, shape and mold the form into the final part.
The biggest advantage of additive manufacturing is that it reduces material costs and speeds the completion time for small lot production runs. The high degree of specialization in producing rockets has led to horror stories over the cost of individual parts or assemblies. Additive manufacturing can dramatically cut the cost of limited run manufacturing.
The Air Force contract will pay Aeroject for the cost of developing several large-scale lasers to melt metal used in develop liquid rocket engine parts. Advances in rocket motor development have increased the demand for precise parts.
“We have developed and successfully demonstrated additive-manufactured hardware over the last four years but the machines have been limited in size to 10-inch cubes,” Steve Bouley, vice president of Space Launch Systems at Aerojet Rocketdyne, said in a news release. “These next generation systems are about six times larger, enabling more options for our rocket engine components.”
Jeff Haynes, program manager of Additive Manufacturing at Aerojet Rocketdyne, said in a news release:“Additive manufacturing shifts these advances into high gear and ultimately transforms how these engines are produced.”
When it comes to project for Aerojet, it really is rocket science.
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It’s great that manufacturers recover lead from discarded car batteries to use in new ones, since lead production from ores yields toxic residues. The problem is, when we shift from lead-acid to lithium-ion and other types of batteries (and we’re…Bsweet
The BioLite Campstove has been around for a little while, offering the gadget-obssessed a way of keeping their toys alive when out in the wilderness. The whole affair uses a wood-burning stove paired with a thermoelectric generator that trickle charges a single device over USB. A smart design and built-in fan helps keep the fire stoked.
This summer I got to try out two cooking attachments for the stove: the KettlePot and the Portable Grill. If you think you can squeeze in one more camping trip before the summer wraps up, you’ll want to check them out.
‘Without legislative language,” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy declared in a statement on March 20, “there is nothing for the Judiciary Committee to consider this week at our markup.”
The subject of the statement was immigration legislation, and his irritation was understandable.
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Wesley Lowery was catapulted from relative obscurity to household-name status last week, at least for obsessive viewers of the MSNBC network, thanks to his arrest and brief detention by authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, last week. So perhaps it's not all too surprising that the Washington Post reporter — whose beat usually is "Congress and national politics" — used his Twitter account this afternoon to make some decidedly non-objective, leftward-lurching tweets about President Obama's Monday afternoon Eastern news conference.
"Obama currently discussing our two wars: in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo," Lowery quipped shortly the beginning of the news conference. Minutes later he tweeted about how the president announced that Attorney General Eric Holder was heading to Ferguson. Apparently bemused by a reply to that tweet, Lowery later retweeted a quip from Glenn Fleishman, "He’d better get there before curfew, I guess." Other prominent African-American journalists who frequently appear on MSNBC used Twitter to register frustration with President Obama, hitting him from the Left. Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson tweeted:Bsweet
It’s official, folks! CyanogenMod 7 is now deemed stable enough to be called, well, stable. The ROM is available now for your flashing pleasure on over 30 devices — including some tablets. Don’t worry, it doesn’t disappoint; I’ve been using it through the development process for months and it’s well worth the wait.
If you haven’t been following the updates on its progress, here’s a quick recap: It’s based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, it’s got built-in root access with all the command-line goodies, Apps2SD capability (built-in), Incognito Mode for the Android Browser, built-in CPU frequency adjustment and scaling (including overclock and choice of governor), loads of UI improvements and interface tweaks, OpenVPN and SIP calling settings, USB/WiFi/Bluetooth tethering, FLAC support, an FM Radio player, and loads of other features and enhancements.
Even if you aren’t into flashing custom ROMs on your expensive new smartphone, you have to admit that this release is a pretty great thing… After all, it means a fully-functional version of Android 2.3.3 is now running, with loads of bells and whistles, on about 30 devices whose manufacturers and carriers are simply too lazy to update.Bsweet