3D printers on the final frontier: Made In Space is building satellites that build themselves

In a nondescript building near Moffett Field, still undistracted by any VC funding, an 80-person company named Made In Space is building tools for the next generation of satellites and space exploration, including most remarkably, the first self-manufacturing satellite, due for launch in three years’ time. Building in space rather than on the ground, courtesy of 3D printers and automated assembly, comes with many advantages. You can save volume by sending dense feedstock for 3D printers rather than capacious constructed objects. More importantly, if you don’t have to build to survive the traumatic forces of launch, you can use more fragile designs, and hence less mass. Made in Space’s 3D printers have already done several tours of duty on the …

Enterprise software is hot who would have thought?

Alex Williams Traditional virtual machine infrastructure was originally designed to help manage server sprawl for systems-of-record software — not to scale out across a fabric of distributed nodes. The disruptors transforming the historical technology stack view the application, not the hardware, as the main focus of attention. Companies in The New Stack’s sponsor network provide examples of the shift toward software that they aim to inspire in their enterprise customers. Portworx provides persistent state for containers; NS1 offers a DNS platform that orchestrates the delivery internet and enterprise applications; Lightbend combines the scalability and resilience of microservices architecture with the real-time value of streaming data. “Application development and delivery have changed. Organizations across all industry verticals are looking to leverage …

The five technical challenges Cerebras overcame in building the first trillion-transistor chip

Superlatives abound at Cerebras, the until-today stealthy next-generation silicon chip company looking to make training a deep learning model as quick as buying toothpaste from Amazon. Launching after almost three years of quiet development, Cerebras introduced its new chip today — and it is a doozy. The “Wafer Scale Engine” is 1.2 trillion transistors (the most ever), 46,225 square millimeters (the largest ever), and includes 18 gigabytes of on-chip memory (the most of any chip on the market today) and 400,000 processing cores (guess the superlative). Cerebras’ Wafer Scale Engine is larger than a typical Mac keyboard (via Cerebras Systems). It’s made a big splash here at Stanford University at the Hot Chips conference, one of the silicon industry’s big …

IBM is moving OpenPower Foundation to The Linux Foundation

IBM makes the Power Series chips, and as part of that has open-sourced some of the underlying technologies to encourage wider use of these chips. The open-source pieces have been part of the OpenPower Foundation. Today, the company announced it was moving the foundation under The Linux Foundation, and while it was at it, announced it was open-sourcing several other important bits. Ken King, general manager for OpenPower at IBM, says that at this point in his organization’s evolution, they wanted to move it under the auspices of the Linux Foundation . “We are taking the OpenPower Foundation, and we are putting it as an entity or project underneath The Linux Foundation with the mindset that we are now bringing …

Firm behind San Francisco’s notorious sinking tower ordered to compensate residents

The 58-story structure has sunk and tilted 18 inches toward the north-west since it was built in 2008 A tentative settlement has been reached over San Franciscos most notorious luxury high-rise the 420 units eventually all sold, for a total of $750m. Prior to the publicity around the buildings tilt, a three-bedroom unit was listed for Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

The air conditioning trap: how cold air is heating the world

The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there any way out of this trap? On a sweltering Thursday evening in Manhattan last month, people across New York City were preparing for what meteorologists predicted would be the hottest weekend of the year. Over the past two decades, every record for peak electricity use in the city has occurred during a heatwave, as millions of people turn on their air conditioning units at the same time. And so, at the midtown headquarters of Con Edison, the company that supplies more than 10 million people in the New York area with electricity, employees were busy turning a conference …

The Shirk Report Volume 541

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – Let’s dive right in – How to make the perfect mimosa – Sitting in traffic and this dog is showing another dog his toy – You sit on a throne of LIES – Farm?! – Ok, we literally have 0 excuses left – Water style – “I am, inevitable” – Who’s ready for back to school? – This abandoned housing complex was re-purposed as a …

Norway Creates Possibly The Most Beautiful Public Toilet In The World

The Scandinavian region is known for its breathtaking nature, friendly people, and stylish, minimalistic architecture. And nobody does minimalism better than Norway, as one particularly stunning building shows. Norway may very well have built the most astoundingly beautiful public toilet in the world. And, I’m pretty sure, in the Solar System as well. What looks like a painstakingly crafted art installation or part of some high-tech laboratory is, in fact, nothing other than a restroom, designed by architects Marit Justine Haugen and Dan Zohar from Oslo. It just goes to show that you can find beauty anywhere. More info: Facebook | Twitter Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Lars Grimsby/Statensvegvesen Lars Grimsby/Statensvegvesen Lars Grimsby/Statensvegvesen …

My daughter was raised during the siege of Aleppo. I had to make a film for her

For Sama, a new documentary from award winning Syrian journalist Waad al-Kateab has won global acclaim The camera focuses on Samas face. She is the sweetest baby and looks, at first glance, as though her life might be ordinary. Her eyes are a transitory newborn colour, greyish green, waiting to turn brown. Her gold earrings look over-large in her tiny ears. Sama means sky in Arabic a sky, as her mother imagines it, where no bombs fall, with ordinary clouds and sunshine. So far, this is footage that could be the work of any doting parent, but Samas mother is journalist Waad al-Kateab and this is her documentary For Sama, filmed during the Syrian war. In the film al-Kateab sings …

‘Bruised and shaken and coming home’

Both are members of Killymoon Golf Club in Cookstown and Ryan had gone to Georgia on his own hoping to see a McIlroy victory. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lightning struck a tree close to the 15th green Ryan told his father he had been sheltering under a tree when the lightning struck and all he could remember was waking up “yards away” with the emergency services all around him. “He’s had scans just to make sure there is no internal damage,” said his father. Ryan was back in his hotel by Sunday afternoon and is hoping to fly home to Northern Ireland on Tuesday. He had only finished camp a week ago and had headed to Chicago before …

40 Times People Had No Idea What They Were Looking At, But The Internet Knew What It Was Right Away (New Pics)

The internet is a veritable treasure trove of knowledge. And there are hundreds, and thousands of detectives online, all willing to give you a helping hand. Reddit #1 I Found This Ring In My Backyard While Doing Gardening. After Cleaning It, It Doesn’t Look Like A Normal Ring. Any Ideas ? Answer: It’s a Georgian/early Victorian mourning ring. The initials belong to the lost loved one. They were typically made from gold (18k+) and enameled in black. Yours looks like it was made around 1820s-40s. #3 What Is This Big Hole That Is Usually Found On Milk Cartons? Answer: It’s a pressure relief hole. If you dropped it, instead of exploding, the hole would pop out. #4 This Weird Wrapped Car. …

50 Times Hotels Surprised Everyone With Their Creativity (New Pics)

Customers should be treated like kings and queens. They should be pampered, treated to large doses of good humor, and given creative quality of life upgrades that make all the difference. This is the philosophy some hotels have. And it’s obvious how much they love their guests. Some hotels go the extra mile to make their customers’ stay that much more pleasant. From bed forts and ‘spouse disposal units’ to hilarious menus and tiny takeaway bags for tiny soap, these are the things that make you want to visit again and again. Bored Panda created this awesome list of clever ideas and unique touches that hotels have introduced. These will bring a smile to your face, give you a hearty …

People Are Sharing The Worst Kitchen Designs Theyve Encountered, And Theyre Hilarious (30 Pics)

Food. Family. Fun. These three words perfectly describe the kitchen, which is where everybody loves to congregate. And though we might say that all people are created equal, the same can’t really be said about all kitchens. There are some truly atrocious kitchen designs out there. Designs that will have you giggling with glee at how stupid they are. Designs that will have you cringing at how somebody could have overlooked such obvious, in-your-face flaws. Designs that would have Gordon Ramsay screaming “Shut it down!” and Dr. Frankenstein yelling “It’s alive!” We know you’ve had a long week at work and at school, so we here at Bored Panda have created the following list of the very best and ‘tastiest’ …

Last chance for early-bird tickets to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019

It’s down to the wire folks. Today’s the last day you can save $100 on your ticket to TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019, which takes place on September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The deadline expires in mere hours — at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Get the best possible price and buy your early-bird ticket right now. We expect more than 1,000 attendees representing the enterprise software community’s best and brightest. We’re talking founders of companies in every stage and CIOs and systems architects from some of the biggest multinationals. And, of course, managing partners from the most influential venture and corporate investment firms. Take a look at just some of the companies joining us for

‘Troubles tourism’: should Derry be celebrating its political murals?

Fifty years since the Battle of the Bogside, some fear the new status of Derrys murals as a tourist attraction will stop the community overcoming the past One of the first things you see as you enter Bogside is a 20ft mural of a 12-year-old boy, wearing a gas mask and clutching a petrol bomb. Painted on the side of a social housing property, its a stark reminder of the violence that tore Derry apart during NI Tourism report puts political murals as the eighth most visited attraction in the entire country. The neighbouring Museum of Free Derry, which tells the story of Bloody Sunday, attracted 35,000 visitors in 2018. According to the tourist board, all coach tours to the …

Global trade disruption is a symptom of a deeper malaise | Mohamed El-Erian

Resolving US-China trade war is not enough to ward off what many fear is a looming worldwide recession It is only a matter of time until the escalating tensions between China and the US prompt many more economists to warn of an impending global economic recession coupled with financial instability. On 5 August, Bloomberg News Larry Summers, a former US treasury secretary who was also closely involved in crisis-management efforts in 2008-09, recently The Only Game in Town, all of these recent developments and also, of course, the growing US-China tensions are related in a meaningful way to two basic and persistent features of the global economy since the 2008 financial crisis. The first is the prolonged period in which …