Hardware, Prototyping, and Fabrication
Dissolvable support has been a thing for several years already in the field desktop 3D printing. Now it's also a thing for metal printing and, personally, I am ~shook~ (A second article of the topic can be found here.)
Staying on the 3D printing topic: For FDM printed parts, pattern doesn't affect strength that much, and 100% infill is pretty much the same thing as a block of the raw material.
Teach yourself how to use all of the equipment at Autodesk's Pier 9.
It takes some serious infrastructure to make 99 million liters of vodka per year.
Software and Programming
Lil Miquela is an Instagram influencer with 1,000,000+ followers. The only thing is, she isn't real.
Check out HoloViews, a beautiful data visualization library for python.
The decentralized Internet isn't just a plot device in HBO's Silicon Valley. (Sorry if I just spoiled that for you)
Science, Engineering, and Biomedicine
In an example of a tool you don't even know you want until you see it, engineers at the University of Buffalo have developed a microscope slide that can also tell you the temperature.
Original content! --> An article I wrote for a new science advocacy magazine at Yale University, Distilled, was recently published in their first ever issue. In the article, I discuss how technological advanced are leading to the rapid automation of work in many different sectors, including white collar and "thinking" jobs once thought to be outside the reach of robots and automation. Check out my article and all the others in Vol. 1 No. 1 of Distilled here.
It takes a certain kind of scientist to put a crocodile in a MRI scanner.
Mapping and Data Science
How Uber, Lyft, and other ride hailing apps changed the dynamic of taxis in New York City. There's a good chance, similar effects ("stolen" jobs in city centers and expanded rides from the periphery) would be found in other cities.
The island of Manhattan is as valuable as the nation of Canada.
The saddest Amtrak stations in America.
The former and current unrecognized states of Africa.
Events and Opportunities
It's shaping up to be another crazy two weeks, especially May 15th...
- The Brooklyn Museum will be having a special, Bowie-themed Art History Happy Hour next Thursday.
- Hip-Hop Hacks returns for May's Monthly Music Hackathon. (5/19 @ LIU)
- If you're into data science and mass transit, then the Transit Techies Meetup Group is for you. They're having their first meetup Wednesday, 5/23.
- Harlem Biospace will be having a special Riverside Chat on the growth of biotech in West Harlem this coming Tuesday, 5/15.
- The NY Nanotech Meetup is also having their first event this coming Tuesday at Reichenbach Hall.
- Tuesday, May 15th is clearly a very popular day because the New York BioPharma Networking Group will also be meeting that evening at Tir Na Nog.
- The West Harlem Jazz Festival is free and happening next Friday, Down Under the Riverside Viaduct (133rd St & 12th Ave).
- The 49th NY Hardware Startup meetup is happening on Monday (5/14).
- ALSO on the 15th, the Secret Science Club convenes once again with a presentation by interplanetary geneticist Chris Mason.
- Last, but certainly not least, I highly recommend all NYC life sciences students to go to the last iNet NYC After Work networking happy hour of the season.
Map of the Month
It looks like the weather is finally getting nice, which means its time to start enjoying sidewalk cafes again. Find out where they all are with this map from the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
Odds & Ends
Control what color lights will illuminate an old telephone tower in Stockholm.