Barcelona and Atletico Madrid players form ASOBALs best lineup for the past

Five players from FC Barcelona and two players from BM Atletico Madrid are listed in ASOBAL’s ideal lineup for the past 2012/2013 season. Danijel Saric has been chosen the best goalkeeper, while Juanin Garcia is back after missing only last season (Stranovsky), and before winning the prize of best left wing ever since ASOBAL is choosing the best lineup.  Joan Canellas and Julen Aguinagalde are “defending” Atletico’s honour in the ideal lineup. Javier Gonzalez has had huge success with La Rioja, and was chosen league’s best coach ahead of Xavi Pascual.Best Goalkeeper: Danijel Šarić (Barcelona Intersport)Best Left Wing: Juanin Garcia (Barcelona Intersport)Best Left Back: Siarhei Rutenka (Barcelona Intersport)Best Mid-Back: Joan Canellas (Atletico de Madrid)Best Right back: Alex Dujshebaev (Aragon)Best Right Wing: Victor Tomas (Barcelona Intersport)Best Pivot: Julen Aguinagalde (Atletico de Madrid)Best Defender: Viran Morros (Barcelona Intersport)Best Debut: Gonzalo Porras (Cuatro Rayas Valladolid)Best Coach: Javier Gonzalez (Naturhouse La Rioja) ASOBALdujshebaevjavier gonzalezJuanin GarciamorrosporrassaricSiarhei RutenkaVictor Tomas ← Previous Story Naumce Mojsovski denies transfer rumours, stays in Metalurg Next Story → BM Atletico Madrid bankrupt, quits ASOBAL and Champions League read more

Romanian Energia Panduri sign Marinko Kekezovic

← Previous Story Momir Ilic before trip to F4: We want more! Next Story → HUGE INTEREST: 26.191 votes for the World Best Young Player 2013/2014 Serbian left wing, Marinko Kekezovic (29), after five seasons in Hungary will change country. Ambitious Romanian Energia Panduri have a plan to make stronger impact on the TOP of domestic League. Romanian team, who finished fourth in the Championship, have signed a one-year deal with player of Pick Szeged in the last two seasons… Marinko Kekezovicpanduri handball read more

Mikkel Hansen is MVP of the Olympic tournament 2016

← Previous Story HISTORY! Denmark take Olympic gold! Next Story → After Handball-Planet award Anna Vyakhireva is Rio 2016 MVP! The International Handball Federation announced the BEST 7 players of the Men’s Olympic tournament in Rio. The biggest star of the two weeks event at “Future Arena” was the Danish left back Mikkel Hansen. The PSG Handball member was the biggest threat for all the rivals, who helped some other Danish players to reach the full potential during the tournament.Here is the BEST 7 at Men’s Olympic tournament in Rio.MVP: Mikkel Hansen (DEN)All-star Team:Goalkeeper : Niklas Landin Jacobsen (DEN)Left wing: Uwe Gensheimer (GER)Left back : Mikkel Hansen (DEN)Playmaker : Nikola Karabatic (FRA)Right back : Valentin Porte (FRA)Right wing : Lasse Svan (DEN)Pivot : Cedric Sorhaindo (FRA)TOP scorer : Karol Bielecki (POL) – 55 goalsPHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud Mikkel HansenRio 2015rio 2016 read more

U20 Womens WCh 2019 – Hungary against Korea Sweden VS Russia for

← Previous Story SEHA sign sponsorship deal with well-known handball brand Next Story → Iceland and Sweden for EURO gold in Croatia All the matches will be played on Saturday. Poland 2019 handballU20 Women’s World Handball ChampionshipWomen’s handball Semi-Finals17:30     Hungary vs Korea20:00     Sweden vs Russia Placement Round 5-8: Day One12:30    Spain vs Germany15:00    Netherlands vs DenmarkPHOTO: IHF Three European teams and Asian handball powerhouse Korea will decide about the medals at U20 Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 in Polish city of Kielce. read more

Iran nuclear talks hit a snag

first_imgFRANCE TODAY RAISED questions about whether a proposed deal to temporarily curb Iran’s nuclear program went far enough, complicating negotiations with the Iranians and casting doubt on whether an agreement could be reached during the current round of negotiations.Chances of that appeared to diminish as the day went on.A Western diplomat in Geneva for the talks told The Associated Press it appeared that a new round of talks would be needed to agree on all points of a startup deal meant to lead to a comprehensive agreement to ensure that Tehran’s nuclear work remains peaceful.He said preparations were being made by both sides for an announcement later in the day of a new meeting within a few weeks. He said earlier that the French were holding out for conditions on the Iranians tougher than those agreed to by the U.S. and France’s other negotiating partners, diminishing hopes of a done deal Saturday.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius spoke of “several points that … we’re not satisfied with compared to the initial text,” telling France-Inter Radio his nation does not want to be part of a “con game.”The French position was confirmed by another Western diplomat. Both gave no specifics and demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the diplomatic manoeuvring.Iran, which denies any interest in nuclear weapons, currently runs more than 10,000 centrifuges that have created tons of fuel-grade material that can be further enriched to arm nuclear warheads.It also has nearly 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of higher-enriched uranium in a form that can be turned into weapons much more quickly. Experts say 550 pounds (250 kilograms) of that 20 percent-enriched uranium are needed to produce a single warhead.Read: Iran nuclear talks continue for a third dayRead: Israel “utterly rejects” Iran deal aimed at ending nuclear tensionslast_img read more

Central Bank assessing issues at 100 credit unions

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE was grilled in the Dáil today about the future of credit unions in Ireland with reports suggesting a large percentage of them are in trouble.Responding to a question from Fianna Fáil TD Sean O’Fearghaíl, Gilmore said the reference in reports to one in four credit unions being in difficulty arises from the 100 credit unions portfolios that are being assessed by the Central Bank because of a range of supervisory issues and concerns such as levels of arrears.The Tánaiste said that of the 392 credit unions in the country, twenty of them have reported regulatory reserves below the minimum requirement of ten per cent of assets.This gives rise to a capital shortfall of about €11 million but Gilmore added this must be put in the context of the €500 million in funds the government has made available.Newbridge Credit Union was taken over by Permanent TSB this week as it emerged that it had given out loans of up to €3.2 million – considerably more than the average credit union loan of €7,764. While Gilmore asserted that the action taken was “necessary” he said the government “supports the credit union movement” and will support the establishment of a new credit union in Newbridge.Yesterday the Tánaiste insisted that the takeover by PTSB is a “one-off case” and that it would not have ramifications for other credit unions around the country.Youth unemploymentIn today’s round of Leaders’ Questions, Gilmore was also challenged by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams on the government’s commitment to tackling youth unemployment, with the Taoiseach over in Paris for a conference on the topic.The tense mood in the Dáil chamber was somewhat lifted when Adams said that Chubby Checker would envy the Tánaiste’s “ability to do the twist” with issues.Adams questioned why the government had not specifically included a commitment in the 2014 Action Plan for Jobs to address levels of unemployment and emigration among the young people in this country.However Gilmore responded that the whole plan is “designed and dedicated and directed at the creation of employment, including employment of young people.”Read: Newbridge Credit Union taken over by Permanent TSB>Read: Gilmore: Newbridge Credit Union is a one-off case>last_img read more

No more junk Moodys set to issue its verdict on Irelands bailout

first_imgTHE CREDIT RATING agency Moody’s is expected to raise its outlook on Ireland from stable to positive later today, but analysts are predicting that it will leave its rating of government bonds at junk for the time being.The government is hoping that Moody’s will reassess its cut in the rating to junk status nearly three years ago following the financial collapse and EU-IMF bailout, but analysts don’t believe that it will.Moody’s has been the most negative ratings agency when it comes to the State’s financial outlook.The other main agencies, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, did not reduce Ireland to junk during the crisis, maintaining the State’s BBB+ (Triple B) rating.Finance Minister Michael Noonan said last month that he hoped the firm would raise the country from junk early this year after the bailout exit and off the back of any bond sales.Earlier this month, the National Treasury Management Agency, the body responsible for managing the government’s assets and debt, sold €3.75 billion of bonds at a yield of 3.5 per cent.This was the lowest price since at least 2000, and far below the over 7 per cent that forced Ireland into the arms of the Troika.Read: Michael Noonan to discuss Troika exit with head of eurozone bailout fundlast_img read more

Poll Should Dublin set up community courts

first_imgDUBLIN CITY BUSINESS Association want a community court system – similar to one that has been successful in New York City – set up in Dublin.The court would have a fully qualified judge who would be able to hear a case and sentence a person, but with a focus on doing what is best for the community and addressing the issues around the crime committed.Practically, it would mean speedier cases and sanctions. Those pushing for their introduction say they will reduce crime and numbers in prison, as well as save money.What do you think? Should Dublin set up community courts? No (578) YesNoI don’t knowVoteMore Information: It worked for NYC but could ‘community courts’ tackle small-time crime in Dublin? Yes (559)center_img I don’t know (180) Poll Results:last_img read more

Two Chinese restaurants among 12 enforcement orders served last month

first_imgTHE FOOD SAFETY Authority of Ireland (FSAI) served 12 enforcement orders against a number of restaurants and food outlets in February for breaches of food safety legislation.There were ten closure orders and two prohibition orders last month with two prosecutions also carried out against a meat manufacturer and a take away restaurant.Among the closure orders – under Irish food safety law and European regulations – were two Chinese restaurants in Dublin and Cork with prohibition orders served against a fishmonger and a victuallers.All of the orders are listed on the FSAI’s website with closure and improvement orders listed on the website for three months from the date of when the premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue. Prohibition orders are listed for a period of one month.“It is up to each individual food business to review their food safety procedures and ensure consumer health and safety is at the top of their agenda,” FSAI chief Alan O’Reilly said today.“Every Enforcement Order is one too many, and each order lowers consumer confidence in not just the business involved, but for the industry as a whole.  Every business has a responsibility to have a food safety management plan in place to lessen any potential risks to their customers.”The five Closure Orders served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:Amerta Chinese Restaurant, No. 1 Clifton Avenue, Monkstown, Co DublinGerman Cakes and Snacks (restaurant), 15 Percival Street, Kanturk, CorkImperial Chinese Restaurant, 3-4 The Spa, Mallow, CorkAsian European Foodstore, 39 Lavitt’s Quay, CorkAt the Office Catering, 3rd Floor PCRS, Exit 5, M50 North Road, Finglas, Dublin 11The five Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:Jimmy’s Take Away, Market Square, Mountrath, LaoisMcGovern’s Victuallers, High Street, Drumshambo, LeitrimGrocery food business carried out by Maria Lidia Silva da Cruz and Joao Antonio da Cruz, 10 The Steeples, Duleek, MeathBoody’s Chipper, Three Bullet Gate, New Ross, WexfordGojinka (restaurant), Manor Mall Shopping Centre, Swords, Co DublinThe two Prohibition Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:Taste of the Sea (fishmonger), 1 Merchants Square, The Market, Ennis, ClareMcGovern’s Victuallers, High Street, Drumshambo, LeitrimSuccessful prosecutions were carried out by the Health Service Executive and Monaghan County Council against the Dragon Inn take away, 109 Newport Terrace, Barrack St, Waterford and Flynn’s Irish Meats, John Matthews Enterprise Centre, Clones, Co Monaghan respectively.Read: October 2012 highest month in 10 years for enforcement orderslast_img read more

iPhone and iPad lag behind BlackBerrys Internet usage

first_imgSteve Jobs doesn’t come across to me as someone who is content to be in second place. That being said, he’s really not going to like the latest news from StatCounter, a web analytics company. The company reports that for the first time Apple’s iOS, which includes devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, lost its mobile Internet usage crown to the BlackBerry OS in the U.S.StatCounter uses data from a sampling exceeding 15 billion page views per month across the company’s network of more than three million websites to calculate monthly statistics for mobile Internet usage. In November, the BlackBerry OS accounted for 34.3% of mobile visits compared to Apple’s iOS which made up 33% of visits. Though it is significant that the BlackBerry has overtaken the #1 spot from Apple, what is more significant is how much Apple’s share in U.S. mobile Internet usage has dropped as it sat at 51.9% in November 2009. Besides increasing usage by BlackBerry users Apple can also blame the explosion of Google’s Android which tripled its share in just a year from 8.2% to 23.8% this year.Steve Jobs can take some solace in the fact that when the data is looked at from a global perspective the story is much different. Apple’s iOS (21.9%) maintains a narrow lead over the BlackBerry OS (19.3%) and even more significantly over Android (11.6%). Unfortunately, Apple isn’t #1 globally. That title goes to the Symbian OS which maintains a 31.9% market share. While it’s not reasonable for Apple to make a significant dent in Symbian’s lead anytime soon, Apple does need to create some breathing room between it and the BlackBerry OS which will get even harder with RIM’s introduction of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.Read more at StatCounterlast_img read more

iPad 2 Coming on March 2nd

first_imgThere it is, ain’t she a beaut? That’s the official announcement for Apple’s next “special event.” This one will be held on March 2nd at the the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.That definitely appears to be an iPad hanging out there, behind the calendar sheet. And in this case, the giant number “2” seems to indicate more than just the date. What we have on our hands is a bona fide sequel.Yep, as we’ve all suspected, it seems that Apple will finally be offering its next entry into the crowded consumer tablet space it more or less created.last_img read more

HTC Arrive On Sale March 20th

first_imgHTC will release the first Windows Phone 7 phone under the HTC brand on Sprint on March 20th. The HTC Arrive has already launched in Europe as HTC 7 Pro, but has been hinted for a US release since October of last year. The handset will cost $199.00 (after $100.00 dollar rebate) along with two year contract. The HTC Arrive runs Windows 7 and features a QWERTY keyboard, 3.6 WVGA touchscreen, 1GHZ processor(Snapdragon), 720p video recorder, Wi-Fi, 5MP camera, and, 16GB internal storage. No word on if the phone has a SD slot, or will run on 3G.Via Engadgetlast_img read more

Play Katamari Damacy on any web page

first_imgIf you have ever owned a PS2, then chances are you’ve played or own one of the Katamari titles. It was a puzzle-action game published by Namco and created by Keita Takahashi that sees the player rolling an adhesive ball around a landscape picking up as many objects as possible. The aim is to get the ball large enough to become a star.Katamari and its sequels proved very popular on Sony’s hardware, but now all you need is a web browser to play a version of it. Alex Leone, David Nufer, and David Truong have created something they call Katamari Hack which allows any web page to become a play area for the game. It doesn’t look as good as the Namco games of course, but the mechanics are the same.AdChoices广告Using a bookmarklet for activation, a JavaScript file is loaded into your page of choice and splits all the text and image into separate blocks. A ball is then added to the page which is controlled via the mouse and by holding down the right mouse button. When this is done the ball rolls towards your mouse pointer collecting and text and images as it goes.The end result is a highly playable game of Katamari. There’s also options such as whether to play background music or not, controlling the maximum number of objects that can attach to the ball, and the speed of the ball growth. You can even toggle realistic pickups on or off. We also found you can click the bookmarklet multiple times to get more Katamari balls active at once.To give it a go yourself just visit the Katamari Hack website and drag the bookmarklet to your Bookmarks/Bookmarks Toolbar. Then load a page of your choice and click the bookmarklet. This will bring up the options box and allow you to start playing.last_img read more

Intels new E7 Xeon chips include 10core option

first_imgIn our desktop machines the Intel processor maxes out at 6 cores at the moment, but for the server market, Intel has just introduced a new range of Xeon chips with up to 10 cores available.This new E7 family of Xeon processors is meant for the data center where high performance and low power consumption are essential. Intel is hoping a range of configurations coupled with a claim of up to a 40% performance gain over the previous generation Xeon chips is enough to get E7s bought in serious quantities.AdChoices广告The E7-8800/4800/2800 processors offer 4, 6, 8, or 10 cores and up to 20 threads using Hyper Threading. They can run at frequencies up to 2.67GHz and are built on a 32nm process. Couple that with as much as 30MB of L3 cache, up to 4TB of DD3 memory, and the ability to scale to 256 socket configurations, and you can see why these processors are perfect for cloud computing on a massive scale.Intel also has energy efficiency in mind and these processors can turn idle areas of the chip off completely. As these are processors for business, security is built-in with automatic hardware error correction, AES-NI for quick encryption and decryption of data, and Intel Trusted Execution Technology for creating a secure environment from system boot.Any businesses considering investing in the E7 range better have a nice fat IT budget ready to spend. The high-end 10-core, 2.4GHz E7-8870 costs $4,616 per chip based on you buying 1,000 units. At the other end of the scale is a 6-core 1.73GHz E7-2803 option for $774, again buying in lots of 1,000.Read more at the Intel press release, via ZDNetlast_img read more

iPadsized BlackBerry PlayBook coming this fall

first_imgRIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook stacks up pretty well against the competition, at least from a hardware perspective. With a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and a pair of really nice cameras, the PlayBook holds its own against devices like the iPad 2 and Xoom. Some users, though, might not be thrilled about the PlayBook’s 7-inch screen when trying to pick the perfect tablet. The 10-inch displays on the iPad and Xoom are big, beautiful, and very tempting features.According to sources Boy Genius Report has spoken with at BlackBerry World 2011 in Orlando, screen size might not be a factor for potential PlayBook owners for much longer: a 10-inch PlayBook 2 could be arriving as soon as this fall. While BGR does specify that “multiple sources” murmured about the upscaled version, RIM has yet to officially confirm anything.One key advantage a 10″ PlayBook could very well offer is a higher resolution display — and that it could therefore run Android 3.0 Honeycomb apps. Most Honeycomb tablets so far have been released with 1280×800 pixel screens, so a bigger PlayBook would at least be capable. It remains to be seen, of course, whether or not it actually will run Honeycomb apps, but it’s a possibility since RIM has already demoed Android apps running on the current 7-inch model. At 1024×600 pixels, however, it might not be able to handle tablet-optimized Android apps.More at Boy Genius Reportlast_img read more

iOS has 10x more security holes than Android but its still safer

first_imgAs far back as 2008, companies like Symantec warned that Android’s comparative openness made it more vulnerable than competing mobile operating systems like iOS. Now, however, Symantec has taken another look at Android and iOS and reached a rather different conclusion this time around. According to the new study, iOS is currently saddled wth 182 more security vulnerabilities than Android.Most of those, says Symantec’s Carey Nachenberg, are lower-severity flaws. The remaining “handful,” however, are far more serious — allowing carte blanche access to a compromised device’s data and services. There was, of course, a rather nasty iPhone worm a couple years ago which made headlines by pilfering bank account details from users, though its impact was rather limited since only jailbroken devices were vulnerable. Ultimately, however, iOS fares better than Android in Symantec’s overall analysis.As you’d expect, Symantec gives Apple the thumbs up for its app approval system and casts a stern glare at Google, whose current Android app vetting process has allowed many a trojanized application to appear in the official Android Market in recent months. Apple also receives high marks for the way user data is encrypted, protection Android users don’t enjoy out-of-the-box unless they happen to be using a Honeycomb-powered tablet.Symantec proceeds to point out, for some reason, that iOS is “immune to traditional types of viruses and worms.” That probably has a lot to do with the fact that iOS can’t run desktop application code, which is how most malware has been programmed thus far. Android, too, should be given props for this kind of “immunity.”One area where both iOS and Android came up short according to Symantec: social engineering attacks. This seems more than a bit unfair, since social engineering attacks — by their very nature — actually compromise the person using the device and not the devices themselves. The human operating system is far more difficult to harden than a regular mobile OS.Read more at Symantec, V3last_img read more

ATT outs new Windows Phone 4G lineup promises Mango for WP7 handsets

first_imgAT&T has announced three new 4G smartphones that will launch soon, all running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. The trio includes the massive HTC Titan, the Samsung Focus S, and the Samsung Focus Flash.We’ve looked at the Titan before. Its most notable feature is its pocket-busting 4.7″ touchscreen display (that curiously only offers 480×800 resolution). The Titan also sports a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. On the back you’ll find an 8 megapixel shooter with LED flash that can record 720p video. Despite its massive screen, the Titan is only slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone 4.The Samsung Focus S brings a 1.4GHz processor to the table along with Samsung’s trademark Super AMOLED tech inside a 4.3″ display. The Focus S features an 8MP rear-facing camera and 1.3MP front-facer, and is just 8.55mm thick (thinner than Sony’s brand new and very svelte Xperia Arc S).Rounding out the 4G Windows Phone 7.5 lineup on AT&T is the Samsung Focus Flash. This will likely be the least expensive option available based on its specs. The Focus Flash packs a 3.7″ Super AMOLED display and 5MP rear camera (as well as a front-facing cam), and 512MB RAM . You’ll still have speed to burn, however, with the same 1.4GHz processor found in the Focus S.AT&T’s announcement isn’t just good news for those of you looking to purchase a new Windows Phone device, however. The company also promised that it will be among the first to deliver Windows Phone 7.5 updates to all of its first-generation devices, including the HTC HD7, HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and the original Samsung Focus.More at AT&Tlast_img read more

Theo Jansens Strandbeest could be coming to a Lego store near you

first_imgArtist Theo Jansen is most well known for his kinetic sculptures called Strandbeets. Both breathtaking and terrifying, these gigantic moving structures bring a complexity and wonder to all who see them in their natural habitat.These seemingly otherworldly creatures feed off of wind energy, which is why you’ll find most of his pieces residing beachside. Others have replicated his structures into hamster-powered miniatures and even man-powered ones. However, it wasn’t long before someone decided to take the native Dutchman’s work one step further by using Lego parts—and fingers crossed—it might even become an official set fans can purchase.The idea is currently featured on Lego’s Cuusoo site, which is similar to the crowd-sourcing Kickstarter startup website. But rather than requesting money, all the user “kvanb” requires is your votes. The design must reach 10,000 supporters in order for the product idea to be reviewed by the Lego corporation. Currently, the project only has 238 votes.It doesn’t seem like there’s a time limit for the project to receive votes before it’s removed. According to the site, projects with 10,000 supporters are reviewed quarterly. If kvanb’s project does indeed receive 10,000 supporters and passes Lego’s review process, he will receive only 1% of the total net sales.Kvanb is a Dutch industrial designer and has worked with Jansen before. Those that think kvanb may be trying to profit off of another man’s work—don’t worry—Jansen has, according to this user, given his blessing to the Rhinoceros Lego project. And, in the spirit of Jansen’s work, the prototype has been designed to run off propulsion or wind power just like the originals.From the prototype pictured above, it looks maddeningly difficult to keep all the moving bits in order—something Lego enthusiasts will no doubt see as a great challenge.via Geek O Systemlast_img read more

Call of Dutystyle raid on Kim Dotcoms home revealed in video

first_imgYou’ve probably read a number of times about the “slightly American” raid of Kim Dotcom’s Auckland, New Zealand compound, but until now no video of the event was available. Footage, primarily taken by helicopter, was maid available to the press and mixed in with Dotcom’s testimony, in which he described his early morning arrest and mistreatment by the commandos who took him into custody.As you can see in the video, and as described by Dotcom, an incredible amount of force was used to apprehend the internet-famous millionaire. Multiple agencies, including the FBI, coordinated on the arrest and it involved not only agents dropped in by helicopter but also four truckloads of officers, men on foot, and dog handlers. At least some of the agents were carrying Colt Commando (CAR-15) assault rifles.It’s clear that someone wanted to apprehend Dotcom and send a message while doing so. Unfortunately that message was a bit muddled when the agents spent minutes trying to locate Dotcom after he escaped into his “red room,” which was hidden but both unlocked and in the home’s blueprints. The officers involved in the raid were not dressed in combat gear and in the testimony an officer admits it was a low-threat, low-risk situation. So why the assault rifles and rough treatment of the suspect? Those are some of the questions that the New Zealand officials are trying to get to the bottom of.At the time of the raid the FBI had already entered Megaupload’s data center and seized the hardware, thus preventing any destruction of potential evidence against Dotcom or the site. This point was raised by Dotcom and it’s quite problematic for anyone who might defend the tactics employed by the arresting agencies.Regardless of your thoughts on Megaupload or Dotcom, it’s an interesting look at real-life raiding maneuvers and the powerlessness of even the most prepared civilians against overwhelming force. Throughout the testimony Dotcom comes off as both sane and agreeable while the tactics employed by the armed forces seem quite over the top and, all the while, the United States looms scarily over the entire situation.More at 3newslast_img read more

New process aims to 3D print a building in twenty hours

first_imgWhile there’s been much debate about 3D printing and its ability to produce useful items, there’s a project that has been in development for some time that may give a definitive answer as to the place that the technology is going to have in the global economy. Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Southern California has been working on a method that uses the printing technology to create a 2500 square-foot buildings in under 20 hours.With support and funding from the US military as well as NASA, Khoshnevis believes that his project can help give adequate shelter to the some billion or so people around the world in need of improved housing. He calls the process “Contour Crafting,” and has high hopes to see it become a reality one day.The concept behind Contour Crafting is simple in design and complex in execution. Illustrated above, it consists of a giant 3D printing extrusion mechanism that behaves much like the consumer versions you have seen with one large exception: instead of heated plastic it dispenses concrete. The extrusion head on the Contour Crafting system is geared to create a foundation and walls for a home in much the same way as people built adobe (you know, mud) structures years ago. Able to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters, Khoshnevis claims that a home made using his method is not only cheaper and faster to build, but is also friendlier to the environment due to its drastic reduction in construction costs and materials.Now before you go running out to try to find a company that prints homes in this way, know that this process is still in development with a large portion of the required mechanisms still residing on paper. Khoshnevis and his students at the university have indeed created a few prototype printers capable of building walls, but nothing to the scale needed for a full size home. Nevertheless, his ideas are incredibly intriguing, it will be interesting to see if he can bring them to fruition.Read more at the Contour Crafting site, via Tom’s Hardware.last_img read more