NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it’ll start with pizza
NASA is funding research into 3D-printed food. Mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor received a $125,000 grant from the agency to build a prototype 3D printer with the aim of automating food creation. It’s hoped the system could provide astronauts food during long-distance space travel, but its creator has the loftier aim of solving the increasing food shortages around the world by cutting down on waste. The software for the printer will be open-source, while the hardware is based on the open-source RepRap Mendel 3D printer.
Takeout sites GrubHub and Seamless will merge
Rival online takeout services Seamless North America and GrubHub on Monday announced plans to combine and create a new company covering more than 20,000 restaurants in 500 cities across the U.S.
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2nd biggest merger story of the day.
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“Metro-North Railroad crews worked to repair tracks and re-rail train cars on Sunday, May 19, 2013, following a derailment on Friday, May 17.”
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WSJ: Yahoo’s board approves $1.1 billion all-cash Tumblr acquisition
That is a pretty imaginative screenshot.
The Classics: Lush, ‘Spooky’
British band Lush’s first full-length album, Spooky (4AD, January, 1992) is a relic of a past which no longer exists, but which incessantly reminds you that it once did. You hear its reverberations in predecessors like Black Tambourine and in successors like Wild Nothing. What ties them all together is a dialogue, a certain way of looking at the world, which has everything to do with the tone, the sound, the feel, and often nothing to do with actual meaning. The meaning is conveyed in the delivery.
Been listening to this a lot again lately. Been thinking back to the Spooky tour, and Lush’s first show ever in the US, at Nightstage. I used to be upset about the direction Lush took later, with Ladykiller, et al, but now I really like it. They could see further than I.
Pascal suggested that one ought to believe in God because if God exists, it will have been the correct choice, while if God turns out to not exist, little harm will have been done by holding a false metaphysical belief. Does optimism really affect outcomes? The best bet is to believe that the answer is “Yes.” I suppose the vulgar construction “Kirk’s Wager” is a workable moniker for it. — U MAD??? Evgeny Morozov, The Internet, And The Failure Of Invective | The Awl
July 15, 1956 — May 18, 1980
I managed over 12,000 people at Groupon, most under the age of 25. One thing that surprised me was that many would arrive at orientation with minimal understanding of basic business wisdom. ”Haven’t you read any business books? Good to Great? Winning? The One Minute Manager?” I’d ask. ”Business books? Not really our thing,” was the typical response. I came to realize that there was a real need to present business wisdom in a format that is more accessible to the younger generation. —
For Real, Ex-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Is Releasing An Album Of Motivational Music | TechCrunch
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS.
To the left of Nick Cave’s left foot, at the lip of the stage, looking up in reverent, fevered wonder, right cheekbone partially obscured by a power supply: it’s John Darnielle, 16 years old, loving his life for at least the next 35 minutes and probably until at least 2 a.m.
Mr. Obama also expresses exasperation. In private, he has talked longingly of “going Bulworth,” a reference to a little-remembered 1998 Warren Beatty movie about a senator who risked it all to say what he really thought. —
SERIOUSLY. God. Please. PLEASE.