February 2015 News Wire

These stories appeared online since publication of the last issue of this magazine, in December 2014. They might interest you, especially if you missed them.

3D printing created this drone, complete with circuitry


5 DIY 3D Scanners to Watch


2015 Detroit Auto Show: You Might Be Able To Buy 3-D–Printed Cars In A Year


Choctopus Chocolate Printer


Imogen Heap’s sci-fi gloves make anyone a musician


Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you can’t kill


Like-Fueled Algorithm Knows Facebook Users Better Than Their Family


What Happens To Uber Drivers And Other Sharing Economy Workers Injured On The Job?


North Korea’s OS X clone is now available to the public


3-D Printed Prosthetics That Look Fit for a Sci-Fi Warrior


A Hacker Reveals How Your Fingerprint Could Be Easier To Hack Than A Traditional Password


The most interesting 3D printers introduced (so far) at CES 2015


Leap second: French time lords add one second to 2015


Top Three Results From a 115-Year-Old Citizen Science Project


Drone maps out Italian city buried in 1688 quake


NASA Emailed a Wrench to the Space Station for 3D Printing


Why People Are Moving to the Town Without Wi-Fi


The CPU from the original PlayStation is guiding a probe to Pluto



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A basic introduction to 3D printing with concepts, examples, and a glossary of 3D terminology.

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Jill Hodges Talks about Fire Tech Camp

An American living in the United Kingdom, Jill Hodges talks about how she started a summer technology camp for kids.

What 3D Models Print Best?

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Two Books Teach Coding and Computer Science

One book teaches JavaScript in a fun way, the other computer science as fable.

Dead Programming Languages

Of 8500 plus programming languages, many are forgotten or lightly used enough to be called dead programming languages.

Where Can I Find Local 3D Printing Services?

It's possible to print your 3D project the same way you print a flyer at the UPS store. Here are several options.

Whatever good things we build end up building us.


The VRML language, or Virtual Reality Modeling Language, is ancient but still lets you create simple three-dimensional objects.

3D Printers

3D printers may be new technology but there are several printers individuals, schools, and businesses might buy.

February 2015 Learn More Links

Links from the bottom of all the February 2015 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

February 2015 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for December 2014 and January 2015.

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