US Navy Tests 3D Printing Custom Drones On Its Ships

itwbennett writes: Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School are testing the use of 3D printers on ships to produce custom drones outfitted for specialized missions. The idea, said Alan Jaeger, a faculty research associate at the school, is that ships could set sail with kits of the core electronics parts, since they are common to most drones, but have the bodies designed according to specific requirements for each mission. A prototype drone was designed by engineers on shore based on requirements of the sailors at sea, and the 3D design file was emailed to the USS Essex over a satellite link. Flight tests revealed some of the potential problems, most of which were associated with operating the drone rather than the printing itself, Jaeger said. ‘Even with a small amount of wind, something this small will get buffeted around,’ he said. They also had to figure out the logistics of launching a drone from a ship, getting it back, how it integrated with other flight operations, and interference from other radio sources like radar.

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The Juke Rockets to play free concert At the Ellsworth Harbor Park

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Ellsworth Harbor Park and Marina, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Grand announced that a performance featuring the high-energy blues of The Juke Rockets at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at the Ellsworth Harbor Park and Marina …

‘Singin’ in the Rain’ to be shown at Orono Public Library

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Orono Public Library, 39 Pine St., Orono, Maine For more information: 207-889-3031; ORONO, Maine — Gateway Seniors Without Walls will sponsor the screening of “Singin’ in the Rain,’ a musical with engaging songs and great dance numbers adding up to …

Bill to set up vets commission stuck in LePage’s legal limbo

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that creates a short-term task force of veterans to review and make recommendations for change to the state’s Bureau of Veterans Services is among a group of 65 bills in legal limbo as the Legislature and Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s lawyers prep to duke it …

Windows 10 App For Xbox One Could Render Steam Machines Useless

SlappingOysters writes: The release of Windows 10 has brought with it the Xbox app — a portal through which you can stream anything happening on your Xbox One to your Surface or desktop. Finder is reporting that the love will go the other way, too, with a PC app coming to the Xbox One allowing you to stream your desktop to your console. But where does this leave the coming Steam Machines? This analysis shows how such an app could undermine the Steam Machines’ market position.

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Jason Segel had a very weird incident involving fudgsicles and a urologist



Sometimes, when celebrities go on talk shows, they don’t have any quippy anecdotes to share. So instead, Jimmy Fallon has them concoct eyebrow-raising stories using odd words like “squat thrust” and “urologist.”

It’s a game he likes to call “Word Sneak” — and there is no one more amusingly terrible at it than Jason Segel, who crafted some interesting tales Wednesday about “going down south to see the mongeese” and getting a fudgsicle lodged, well, not somewhere fun

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige join NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live’



NBC may be reserving the part of Dorothy for an unknown — but that doesn’t mean its upcoming live production of The Wiz won’t boast some serious star power.

The network has announced that Grammy winners Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are on board for its next live musical presentation. Latifah is playing the Wizard of Oz adaptation’s title character — “the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but whose metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is itself a hoax,” according to NBC’s release. Richard Pryor played the same part in the musical’s 1978 film adaptation. Read more…

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Brewer High School Alumni Reunion set for Aug. 21

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Jeff’s Catering and Banquet Center, Brewer, Maine For more information: 989-4575 Brewer High School reunion BREWER — The annual Brewer High School Alumni Reunion will be held Friday, Aug. 21, at Jeff’s Catering and Banquet Center. Happy Hour will be …

Kids eat dog-food hamburgers and seem okay with it



Freshpet is so confident in the quality of its dog food that it thinks people would even enjoy it

In its latest ad, the company disguised its packaged canine chow as human meals like a hamburger, chicken tacos and spaghetti and meatballs —all topped with gourmet garnishes — and served it up to unsuspecting taste testers

They then filmed their expressions of surprise, disgust and, in some cases, indifference after they revealed the secret ingredient.

“Do you have a doggy bag?” one unaffected diner asks.

The taste testers were surprisingly good sports about the revelation, perhaps to save face after raving about their food seconds earlier. One even said it was the best burger he had ever tasted. Read more…

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Watch Tyler, the Creator rap the new Dr. Seuss book



For a whimsical yet terrifying way to start your day, watch Tyler, the Creator terribly rap the newly-discovered Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get?, while sporting a Cat in the Hat outfit during Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live
2015 is a magical time, and we all should appreciate it more


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