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Txch This Week: Glowing Rabbits, 3-D Printing in Space, and the Facebook Blues


by Ysabel Yates

This week on Txchnologist took us around (and above) the world at the speed of the Hyperloop. We looked at a project giving out tablets to help bridge China’s digital divide, and met the newest carnivore discovered in Andean cloud forests. We went back in time to see one of the first moving picture films, and into the future to ask if language will one day become image-based.

Now, we’re catching up on some of this week’s other goings-on with highlights of the most interesting science and technology news.

The long-awaited plans for the Hyperloop were announced, and while SpaceX head and Hyperloop-concept creator Elon Musk has no formal plans to develop the system, he has been busy continuing at the front of the pack in the private space race. On Tuesday, the company completed a successful launch of the Grasshopper, its reusable rocket, via the New York Times

NASA is completing tests for 3-D printing in zero-gravity to prepare for the arrival of a 3-D printer at the International Space Station next summer. The printer would “make things that we’ve thought of that could be useful,” says NASA astronaut Timothy Creamer, via Smart Planet.


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Creative Tools.

Is this fine art, a 3-D printer mishap, or both? A Flickr group, “The Art of 3-D Print Failure,” showcases some of the best 3-D printing mistakes, via CNET.

A few weeks ago we looked at an infographic called “60 Seconds on the Internet.” Here’s the interactive version of that from the media design studio Designly.

A new study says that Facebook can reduce young adults’ levels of happiness, so it’s a good thing we’re on Tumblr, via BBC.

Finally, the best science writing we read this week is from FastCompany, “8 New Jobs People Will Have in 2025.” We’re gunning for that armchair explorer position.

Top image: An active transgenesis technique developed by the University of Hawaii is being put to use at the University of Istanbul to make rabbits glow. This is the first time the UH technique, which involves extracting DNA from jellyfish and inserting it into a mother rabbit’s embryo, has been used in rabbits. The researchers hope to build on this work showing the viability of the technique in order to insert a gene into female rabbits, collect protein from the milk, and use that protein to develop medication, via the University of Hawaii.





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