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  •  space x (3+ / 0-)
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    Galaxy Cap'n Video! Check out Bigelow Aerospace, Space x is partnering with them. Mars flyby 2018?

    " last in virtue's narrow cell, the wretched bondsman sits"-Auden

    by pixelate on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 02:40:02 PM PDT

    •  What people tend to forget (11+ / 0-)

      is that a revolution doesn't happen due to just one person, or in this case, just one company.  

      SpaceX is at the forefront, but there are more than a few companies that are doing their own work as well.  

      The future of space development is very good, IMHO.  Whether you look at suborbitals (Virgin Galactic, XCOR, Masten), orbitals (SpaceX, Blue Origin, ULA, SNC, possibly Boeing and Orbital), space stations (Bigelow, Orbital Technologies), and a bunch of the support companies, its very good looking

      •  The future is actually looking bright, I ascribe (3+ / 0-)

        it to our generation being raised  on Sci/fi and expecting a warp drive and a holodeck and the Romulan Empire.......

        Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
        I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
        Emiliano Zapata

        by buddabelly on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 12:39:19 AM PDT

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        •  Warp drives and holodecks are all very well (1+ / 0-)
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          but what we really need is the food replicator.

          (That and the stuff that gets so taken for granted on Trek that it's never raised: things like artificial gravity and effective radiation shielding.)

          •  3-D food printing is real (1+ / 0-)
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            Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.

            But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—and ultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and the earth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store.

            Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

            by elfling on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 09:23:24 AM PDT

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            •  3-D food printing, yes ... (0+ / 0-)

              ... but not synthesizing of food at an atomic level.

              While the concept of food printing is seriously amazing, it's basically just an advance (albeit a major one!) in food reconstitution.  The replicator turns non-food into food.

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