Liz Gannes

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Holiday Shopping for Your Favorite Astronomer? Perhaps a 3-D Printout of Cosmic Stellar Death.

Last week, the Smithsonian released 3-D scans of 21 of its 137 million artifacts, from small to the impossibly massive — an orchid, a limestone Buddha, the Wright brothers’ plane … a supernova remnant. The models were built with methods including lasers, CT scans and photogrammetry via a sponsorship from Autodesk. Everyone is invited to explore them online and, when possible, 3-D print them. As you might imagine, this went over pretty well on Reddit — “We just printed and were able to hold an example of cosmic stellar death in our hands,” said the Smithsonian 3-D team in a Q&A on the site.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik