James Bricknell James built his first PC when he was 13 and has never looked back. He can be found on Windows Central, usually in the corner where all the 3D printers are, or huddled around the Xbox playing the latest games. … [Read more...] about Get yourself this $160 Monoprice Mini Pro 3D printer right now!
Dungeons & Dragons is putting out fine lines of miniatures thanks to partnerships with companies such as WizKids and Gale Force Nine, and a number of third parties offer fantastic products as well. But many role-players enjoy the DIY touch. That’s where 3D printing comes to the table(top). If you browse 3D-printing sites such as Shapeways or image boards like Imgur and Pinterest, you can find a number of plans and pictures for miniatures (be they adventurers, monsters, buildings, or terrain). I spend far too much time looking at plans for card holders, player tokens, castles, and creatures, and I don’t even have a 3D printer. I’m just an admirer. One of those with this tech is Miguel Zavala. He studied art but heard the call of public service. And then he discovered a way for him to blend his passion for art with his love for D&D — 3D printing. And he went whole hog and printed the entire Monster Manual — 352 pages of more than 150 monsters. I saw … [Read more...] about 3D-printing Dungeons & Dragons’ Monster Manual
The R&D Index for the week ending June 14, 2019 closed at 4,580.03 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The Index was up 1.91% (or 85.68 basis points) from the week ending June 7, 2019. Eighteen of the 25 R&D Index members gained value from 0.04% (Oracle and Qualcomm) to 3.64% (Amazon). Seven of the 25 R&D Index members lost value last week from -0.37% (Pfizer) to -5.59% (Eli Lilly Company). The Labor Department announced last Wednesday that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.1% in May from April and 1.8% from May 2018, less than the expected 1.9%. This was weaker than the 0.3% increase in April from March and also weaker than April’s 2.0% increase from April 2018. The lower interest rates were touted as being responsible for a 27% surge in mortgage applications during the first week in June. The Federal Reserve was concerned about a slowing economy over the past two months and had been considering a rate cut which could be put in place at its regular meeting … [Read more...] about R&D Market Pulse: Stats Point to Continued U.S. Economic Growth
Pfizer is delving deeper into cancer research with a roughly $11.4 billion deal for Array BioPharma, a drug developer that has seen its shares soar since announcing positive clinical trial results earlier this spring. Pfizer said Monday it will pay $48 per share in cash for Array, whose product portfolio includes a treatment combination used for advanced skin cancer that is being tested in other cancers as well. The company said last month that its combination of the drugs Braftovi and Mektovi along with another treatment led to a significant improvement in overall survival in late-stage testing for some patients with colorectal cancer. The company plans to submit results from that study to U.S. regulators for approval later this year. Array's share price has jumped 41 percent since late May and more than doubled so far this year. Pfizer's offer of $48 per share represents a premium of 62 percent to the stock's closing price of $29.59 on Friday. Shares of Boulder, Colorado-based Array … [Read more...] about Pfizer to Buy Array Biopharma in Deal Worth $11.4B
The Arctic is melting faster than we thought it would. In fact, Arctic ice extent is at a record low. When that happens--when a natural system behaves differently than scientists expect--it's time to take another look at how we understand the system. University of Utah mathematician Ken Golden and atmospheric scientist Court Strong study the patterns formed by ponds of melting water atop the ice. The ponds are dark, while the ice is bright, meaning that the bigger the ponds, the darker the surface and the more solar energy it absorbs. So, it's more than a little important to know how the ice's reflectivity, also called albedo, is changing. That's a key component in understanding the balance between solar energy coming in and energy reflected out of the Arctic. Earlier work showed that the presence or absence of melt ponds in global climate models can have a dramatic effect on long term predictions of Arctic sea ice volume. To model the melt ponds' growth, Golden, Strong and their … [Read more...] about 100-Year-Old Physics Model Replicates Modern Arctic Ice Melt