Podcast of the Week: “The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy” by NPR’s Planet Money

Podcast of the Week: “The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy” by NPR’s Planet Money

Interesting, Podcast
National Public Radio's Planet Money is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to and I recommend it to anyone with a few minutes to spare in their day. The podcasts that Planet Money produces are only 15-20 minutes long on average and cover a range of current and interesting topics, from Greece's bailout to unique businesses around the world. One podcast that I listened to yesterday discussed a seemingly common item in the global economy: the shipping container. Sometimes taken for granted, the shipping container has allowed large volumes of items to be shipped worldwide by making the loading, transportation, and unloading of goods more efficient. The original inspiration? A trucking company owner wanted to avoid traffic on the east coast. Find fun facts like that and more in this…
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Apis Cor: 3D Printing Houses In Less Than 1 Day

Apis Cor: 3D Printing Houses In Less Than 1 Day

Awesome, Interesting
Start your week off right with a neat article that I came across this weekend. Russian engineer Chen-yun-ta recently showcased the Apis Cor, a 3D printer that prints homes. Similar to the smaller, desk-friendly 3D printers, Apis Cor extrudes materials to create predefined shapes. The difference between the two? Apis Cor is able to print entire multi-story homes up to 630 square feet.. IN 24 HOURS. A huge feat of engineering, Apis Cor saves resources, labor costs, and overall energy usage when making the structure. However, some are skeptical that it will be embraced with open arms. Many industries have been changed or reduced significantly after technology replaced human labor. Will it be a matter of time before all construction is technology-driven or will the human element persevere?  
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Herbet Wertheim Supports Gator Engineering, Donates $50 Million

Herbet Wertheim Supports Gator Engineering, Donates $50 Million

Awesome, Interesting, School
It was recently announced that the UF College of Engineering would be receiving $50 Million (with an M) from a single donor, the largest cash donation ever at the University of Florida. The person that helped make it possible? Dr. Herbert Wertheim. Dr. Wertheim prefers to go by Herby and I had the pleasure to hear him speak several times today. He was a practicing physician for many years as well as an inventor. His company, Brain Power Inc., produces eye lenses with coloring that reduces UV exposure and cataracts. In person, Herby is quite the character. He can always be seen sporting his red fedora that he acquired from a trip to Ecuador some years ago and is quick to tell a good story. His wife of 40+ years,…
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Solving a 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube

Solving a 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube

Awesome, Interesting, Video
I am able to solve a 3x3 Rubik's cube and managed to get somewhere in the 6 minute range for solving it. Over the years, I have seen 4x4 and 5x5 cubes solved by friends, but Kenneth Brandon (AKA RedKB on Youtube) goes even further than that. Brandon manages to solve a 17x17 Rubik's cube is a mere 7.5 hours, which is incredible considering that is less time spent than the average American watching TV per week. When it is all said and done there are 66.9 quinquagintatrecentillion (6.69 * 10^1054) possible combinations on this cube. Truly remarkable. Listen to his explanation and see the magic happen below or read the original article over on Interesting Engineering.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=342&v=qlnUEknwdcI
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Henry the Porcupine: Oculus Rift’s Peek Into The Future of Entertainment

Henry the Porcupine: Oculus Rift’s Peek Into The Future of Entertainment

Interesting, Technology, Video
  https://vimeo.com/oculusstorystudio/henrypremiere Oculus Rift has big things planned for the near future. The potential for the soon-to-be-released virtual reality hardware is now looking beyond video games and into full-fledged entertainment. Meet Henry, the hug-loving porcupine starring in one of Oculus' upcoming short videos. Instead of interacting with his "pre-programmed" environment, Henry will interact with YOU. When you move around his home, filled with colorful balloon animals and birthday decorations, Henry will follow. His eyes meet yours and you begin to become part of the story and how it will play out. This preview only scratches the surface for interactive entertainment in all age groups and is a huge leap forward to being part of the game, movie, or otherwise fully immersive experience coming to a Rift near you. See the full post…
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Weekly Dose of Awesome: 1000 Italians Play “Learn to Fly” by The Foo Fighters

Weekly Dose of Awesome: 1000 Italians Play “Learn to Fly” by The Foo Fighters

Awesome, Interesting, Video
Earlier this week, 1000 Italian superfans got together in Cesena, Italy to play for a video that they hope will convince The Foo Fighters to play a concert there. The results were phenominal. Check out the video below and read more about Dave Grohl and his amazing throne over on Rolling Stone.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=384&v=JozAmXo2bDE   UPDATE: Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters have herd the message loud and clear. His response below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD35ASXHmsU  
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It’s All About Perspective…

It’s All About Perspective…

Interesting, Science
Today, I read a post on Buzzfeed entitled "26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence" and it truly lives up to the title and arguably will leave viewers pondering long before the final image. My personal favorite was scaling down our Sun to the size of a white blood cell and stating that our Milky Way Universe would be equivalent to the United States. Lot of food for thought to start this week out right. Check it out for yourself over on Buzzfeed!
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