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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work