Showing posts with label Business. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Business. Show all posts

1/21/2015

[PHOTOS\VIDEO] 3D-printed apartment building Constructed

By Tashi Singh

[PHOTOS\VIDEO] 3D-printed apartment building Constructed, Chinese construction company WinSun has used a 3D printer to produce buildings.

After printing 10 homes at a cost of just $5,000 in 24 hours in March of 2014 using a mixture of ground industrial and construction waste as the material, WinSun achieved another incredible milestone: printing a five-story apartment building.

CNet reports that WinSun also printed a 12,000 square foot mansion in an industrial park. The company seemingly emerged from nowhere and surprised everyone.

WinSun managed to 3D print the entire apartment building, consisting of 6 stories, as well as an impressive house.
Credit: 3Dprint.com


These structures were unveiled at the Suzhou Industrial Park, of east China's Jiangsu Province, and the apartment building alone features a structure which is approximately 1,100 square meters in size.

Using a machine which measures a massive 20 feet tall, 33 feet wide and 132 feet long, the team at WinSun started with a basic CAD drawing which they fed to the staggering 3D printer that was able to create the structure piece-by-piece using a specially formulated and patented ‘ink’.

The ink includes construction waste like concrete, fiberglass, sand, and a special hardening agent. The walls and other pieces of the structure were constructed offsite with a diagonal reinforced print pattern, which were then shipped in and pieced together.

WinSun then placed beam columns and steel rebar within the walls, along with insulation, reserving space for pipe lines, windows and doors.



Boy makes braille lego printer for $350 [PHOTO\VIDEO]

By Toshiba Reynolds

Boy makes braille lego printer for $350 [PHOTO\VIDEO], A 12-year-old has invented a low cost braille printer made out of Lego bricks. Shubham Banerjee, is a California seventh grader and created the braille printer out of Lego for a science fair project.

Braille printers go for about $2,000 but Banerjee`s goes for around $350. He calls his invention the BRAIGO - as in braille with Lego.

Credit YouTube

Executives at Intel were so impressed with Shubham’s printer that in November they invested an undisclosed amount in his startup. Intel officials believe him to be the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital, money invested in exchange for a financial stake in the company.

Banerjee, who has relatives in Toronto, has been featured on CNN, CBC, National Public Radio.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Shubham Banerjee has done something utterly remarkable: the seventh grader has used a $350 robotics kit made by Lego, plus some basic items from the hardware store, to build a braille printer. He calls his invention the BRAIGO - as in braille with Lego. And Mr. Banerjee joins us now from Santa Clara, California. Thanks so much for being with us.

SHUBHAM BANERJEE: Sure, no problem. It's a pleasure.

SIMON: Well, what inspired you to try and use a Lego kit to make a braille printer?

BANERJEE: First of all, I've been loving Legos since I was 2 years old. And so you know those flyers that come to your house that say help the blind people with donations, help the poor, right?

SIMON: Yeah.

BANERJEE: So, one of the flyers came to my parents and it said help the blind with donations. So then I just, out of curiosity, I just asked my parents how do blind people read? So, then I learned about braille and how it works and all the braille printers, how it can be very costly at times. So, then I thought it would actually be cool to combine my love with Legos and do something good with it. So, I actually did it. I made the braille printer out of Legos.

SIMON: Can you tell us how it works without giving away the genius of your invention?

BANERJEE: OK. Oh yeah, sure. So, it basically, it has three motors and each motor does its own cool thing. So, like motor B, it pulls the pin up and down so it can actually make holes. And motor A, it pushes the paper forward. And motor C, it makes the pin go right and left. Go here to read the rest of the interview.

1/08/2015

Wife declines $975M check; Awarded 3 homes [PHOTOS\VIDEO] in Harold Hamm divorce settlement

By Maria Gomez

Wife declines $975M check; Awarded 3 homes [PHOTOS\VIDEO] in Harold Hamm divorce settlement, It isn't everyday that a person gets to see a check for $975 million with their name on it. But for Sue Ann Arnall, the amount was a little short.

Sue Ann Arnall is looking for what she considers to be her share after a highly contentious divorce.

Arnall declined a $975 million settlement check from their divorce, saying she was shortchanged and that the judge grossly undervalued her stake in the vast fortune of oil tycoon Harold Hamm.

Hamm agreed to disperse the nearly $1 billion back in November. Arnall claims she is entitled to more. She filed for an appeal on the grounds that the fortune was amassed because of both her work and his.

Arnall has already received two homes, a ranch and assets worth several million dollars.

Credit: Zillow

Credit: Zillow

Credit: Zillow


Accepting the check would have jeopardized her appeal, said her lawyer.

Hamm says the $1 billion settlement is too lofty due to losing billions because of the state of his company, Continental.

The couple were married 26 years but never signed a prenuptial agreement.

1/07/2015

Samuel Adams; Paul Revere's 1795 time capsule contents revealed

By Mike Baron

Samuel Adams; Paul Revere's 1795 time capsule contents revealed [PHOTOS\VIDEO], Not that long ago we published a story about a time capsule buried by patriots Paul Revere and Samuel Adams at the Massachusetts Statehouse in 1795 was unearthed in Boston recently.

The box-shaped capsule was placed under the cornerstone of the building by Adams, the Revolutionary leader who was then governor, joined by Paul Revere and William Scollay, a Boston businessman.

Yesterday at a press conference at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the contents were revealed.

Hatchfield holding the 1652 "Pine Tree Shilling" found in the capsule (Credit: Bostom Museum of Fine Arts)
Credit: Bostom Museum of Fine Arts


History.com writes: Among the first items removed from the time capsule yesterday were folded newspapers, which Hatchfield stated were in “amazingly good condition.” There were five of them in all, including copies of the Boston Bee and Boston Traveller. Then came some 23 coins, in denominations of “half-cent,” penny, quarter, dime and half-dime. Some dated to the mid-19th century, while others were from 1795; a so-called “Pine Tree Shilling” dated to 1652. In addition, the box contained a copper medal with George Washington’s image and the words “General of the American Army”; a seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and a title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records. Finally, Hatchfield removed a silver plate with fingerprints still on it, bearing an inscription dedicating the State House cornerstone on the 20th anniversary of American independence in July 1795.

“This cornerstone of a building intended for the use of the legislative and executive branches of the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was laid by his Excellency Samuel Adams, Esquire, governor of the said Commonwealth,” Michael Comeau, executive director of the Massachusetts Archives, read from the plate’s inscription to the assembled crowd, adding “How cool is that.” The plate is thought to be the work of Paul Revere, the master metalsmith and engraver turned Revolutionary hero who placed the time capsule alongside Adams and William Scollay, a colonel in the Revolutionary War.

It took nearly sixty minutes to remove all the items from the time capsule. MFA conservators will now work on preserving the contents, which will likely go on display at the museum later this year.

According to Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, the time capsule will eventually be returned to the cornerstone, but it is unknown at this time whether state officials will add any new objects to it before burying it again.

1/05/2015

SOLD! $37,500 bluefin tuna [PHOTO\VIDEO]

By Maria Gomez

SOLD! $37,500 bluefin tuna [PHOTO\VIDEO], A Bluefin tuna has sold for $37,500 in the first fish auction of 2015 this weekend in Toyko, Japan, according to media reports

The owner of a Japanese sushi restaurant chain, bought the 400-pound fish Monday at the re-opening of the Tsukiji market after the extended New Year’s break.

Credit CNBC Video

Kiyoshi Kimura, president of the firm behind the popular Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, said he was "surprised to win the bid at such a low price."

"But it's the best quality," he told local media.

"I'm satisfied with buying the best one—it has a good shape and great fat."

The popularity of tuna for sushi and sashimi has depleted stocks globally.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature designated Pacific bluefin as a species threatened by extinction this past November.

Squatters invade $1 million home in Maryland [PHOTO\VIDEO]

By Ann Warren

Squatters invade $1 million home in Maryland [PHOTO\VIDEO], According to court records, 47-year-old James Crombie of Kensington is facing a slew of criminal charges stemming from the alleged squatting incident at a luxurious Maryland home.

The property was first listed for sale in May 2014 for over $1 million.

Photo Credit: ABCnews.com
Crombie, his wife, three children and a dog reportedly moved into the lavish five-bedroom Bethesda home which includes "nanny's quarters," a "gourmet" kitchen, two-person whirlpool tub, custom closets and steam shower with a bench, according to its listing.

The Crombies even went so far as to introduce themselves to neighbors. “The lock had been drilled out,” neighbor Charles Hill said. “They even introduced themselves, and scheduled some sort of entertainment with the neighbors."

According to documents filed with the Montgomery County District Court, the Crombie family was unpacking a moving truck at the home when the true owner drove up. The homeowner reportedly confronted the Crombies and called police.

1/02/2015

Hellcat - totaled one hour after purchase [BEFORE\AFTER PHOTOS]

By Toshiba Reynolds

Hellcat - totaled one hour after purchase [BEFORE\AFTER PHOTOS], After Dodge announced the $60,000 Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat earlier this year with 707 horsepower motors (the most powerful stock muscle cars on American streets today), it was practically inevitable that someone would push one to ... and past .... its limits.

The Hellcat Challenger, which has a reported top speed of 204 mph, has only been in dealer showrooms for about a month. And the following car left the showroom only an hour before this:




We hear that the driver and passenger are okay, but the Hellcat didn't survive this impact.
It appears that on a curve in Colorado, the driver lost control and slammed into a tree.

The road, according reports, is a twisting and winding two-lane road in a semi-rural area that includes crests and dips. The speed limit is posted 40 mph. Police are investigating, but the weather and road conditions were reportedly clear at the time.

The skid marks at the scene of the accident show that the car started to drift toward the right ditch after the speed limit sign. The driver tried to correct, but the resulting over-correction sent the car across the lane and into a large cottonwood (tree). It does not seem like another vehicle was involved, so we may have to chalk this one up to driver error.

12/16/2014

'Smokey' Trans Am sells for $480K [PHOTOS\VIDEO]

By Ann Warren

'Smokey' Trans Am sells for $480K [PHOTOS\VIDEO], Burt Reynolds has sold his 1977 Pontiac Trans Am that was a promotional vehicle for his hit comedy movie Smokey and the Bandit.

Reynolds received it as a gift for his car collection, according to Julien's Auctions, which handled the sale.


The movie, which also starred Sally Field and Jerry Reed, was about smuggling beer. Yes, beer.
The iconic black-and-gold TA has a 400-cubic-inch V-8 engine and automatic transmission, a 4-barrel carburetor and an automatic transmission.

Bidding started at $30,000 and sold for $480,000, a pretty penny since it was only a promotional vehicle from the hit film Smokey and the Bandit, not one of the actual cars used in the movie.

There was a lot of interest in items from Smokey and the Bandit over the weekend in Las Vegas. A Smokey and the Banditjacket went for $34,375. Even a Burt Reynolds license plate cleared $5,937. Larger photos here.