Saturday, July 09, 2011

3D Chocolate Printer

3D Chocolate Printer - The world's first 3D chocolate printer was just unveiled in the U.K., led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of Brunel and software developer Delcam. Typically, 3D printers create objects by gradually stacking layers of material into a desired shape, and that's how the chocolate version operates. Also known as additive manufacturing, the process has mostly been used for plastic and metal production, which isn't quite as tasty.

The printer lets you create your own designs on a computer and reproduce them physically in 3D chocolate. Just imagine the next time you want to say, "I'm sorry." You could do it in the form of a dark chocolate version of your face, with your apology in a speech bubble.

Creating the delectable chocolate printer poised several challenges (aside from a lot of missing samples).

"Chocolate is not an easy material to work with because it requires accurate heating and cooling cycles. These variables then have to be integrated with the correct flow rates for the 3D printing process," notes the press release from the U.K.'s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which is managing the project. "Researchers overcame these difficulties with the development of new temperature and heating control systems." I wonder how much the replacement cartridges would cost!

The group is also working on consumer-friendly software that could make it easy to design custom chocolate objects.

3D Chocolate Printer

800-Foot Fall Skier

800-Foot Fall Skier - Ryan Redmond, 33, was skiing with pals in Grand Teton National Park Saturday when he plunged off of the south facing of Middle Teton, park authorities told Reuters. Another skier called rangers from a cell phone and Redmond was taken down the mountain in a litter suspended by 200 feet of rope from a helicopter.

Redmond was then airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, where he was in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Redmond was unconscious during the rescue and had not regained consciousness, said Jack Shea, director of Teton Science Schools in Jackson, where Redmond was a volunteer through the AmeriCorps program.

800-Foot Fall Skier

Robert Pattinson Haircut

Robert Pattinson Haircut - Robert Pattinson has got himself a crazy makeover that may send his fans scream and cry. The Edward Cullen of the "Twilight Saga" series was snapped rocking a patchy haircut in the wee hours of Thursday, July 7. A photo shows that his messy and long hair is being left long on one side and raggedly buzzed on another.

The 25-year-old actor debuted the punk rocker-feel do when leaving the set of current film project, "Cosmopolis", in Toronto, Canada. Donning a pair of jeans and a black printed T-shirt, he stopped for over ten minutes to sign autographs and take pictures with a group of fans.

The actor, who has chopped his hair short for "Water for Elephants", got this wild cut for "Cosmopolis", the big screen adaptation from Don Delillo's acclaimed novel. In a scene from the book, his character Eric Parker flees the barber's shop in the middle of a haircut.

A drama thriller from director David Cronenberg, "Cosmopolis" follows a 28-year-old financial wizard and billionaire as he traverses Manhattan in his stretch limo. Joining Robert in the cast ensemble are Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche among others.

Robert Pattinson Haircut

Zac Efron Rumer Willis

Zac Efron Rumer Willis - New videotape of Nickelodeon star Ryan Rottman‘s DUI arrest last night shows Zac Efron was there — and Rumer Willis, too!

Zac, wearing a plaid shirt, is seen in the PopCandiesTV video (via TMZ) talking nervously on his cell phone. The actor is reportedly standing outside Dillon’s Irish Pub while police spoke with Ryan, who was wearing a dark blue shirt.

The Gigantic star was pulled over in Hollywood after his car jumped a curb. A breathalyzer test reportedly showed his blood alcohol level to be twice the legal limit.

In the video, Zac is seen being driven away from the scene by Bruce Willis‘ daughter Rumer.

As for Ryan, he was taken to jail and booked. The actor was released shortly after without having to post bail.

Zac Efron Rumer Willis