Building a lunar base with 3D printing

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Title Lunar base made with 3D printing
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Setting up a future lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster+Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.

The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be easily transported by space rocket. An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer (right) to create a protective shell.

31 January 2013

Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.

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IMO SG visits IMSO

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Capt Esteban Pacha, Director General of IMSO and Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General
of IMO

during his visit to IMSO Headquarters on 28 January 2013

 

The IMSO Director General, Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente, today announced that Mr
Koji Sekimizu, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
visited IMSO Headquarters on 28 January 2013. The purpose of the visit was to discuss
matters of mutual interest, in particular in the field of the future of maritime communications and how new technologies would support the sustainability of the
maritime sector.

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After gloomy ONS figures, YouGov finds 69% UK Adults have debt & 27% will not repay

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Is there any cash at home?

30 January 2013

While the country waits for the first set of Insolvency Statistics of 2013 to be published, the news of the newly released figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that UK households took on an extra £9bn of credit card and other non-mortgage debt in the two years to 2010 and there are hints that the figures are worse for 2011-2012. Shedding some light on what’s happening from the consumer end, iva.co.uk reveals the results from their independent research which found that 69% of UK adults have experienced debt and 27% do not plan to repay.

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News Alert Greek – Thought For Action

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An innovative platform for change and growth for people with the audacity to dream and the tenacity to deliver: www.thought4action.com

In search of a sustainable solution to Greece’s deep economic crisis, much lauded economist Elena Panaritis has established ‘Thought 4 Action’, an interactive internet-based platform for knowledge sharing.

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Centre for Crime Prevention raises concerns over inclusion of “proportionality” in 2013 Code for Crown Prosecutors

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In response to the new “proportionality test” for the Crown Prosecution Service which could lead to even more criminal suspects being let off without going to court, Peter Cuthbertson, Chief Executive of the Centre for Crime Prevention, said:

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Now the target is Labour: help us hit them where it hurts

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One down, one to go. Now that David Cameron has admitted that there is a ‘vital’ need to reconsider our membership of the EU – albeit not so vital that he can’t use it as a tool to blackmail the electorate with – we look to the other side. And what do we find? The Labour leader ruling out giving the people a say.

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Ukip’s Nigel Farage ridicules David Cameron’s EU referendum speech

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Nigel Farage, Leader, UKIP

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The Guardian, Wednesday 23 January 2013 17.29 GMT

Last Friday morning, there had been bacon rolls, an enormous pile of them – Nigel Farage’s press officer gestured with his hand to show just how enormous – ready for the journalists who would assemble to watch the Ukip leader watch David Cameron’s long-trailed speech on Europe.

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Osborne must resist new wealth tax temptation

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Osborne has to resist LibDem Luddites

25 January 2013

Despite growing fears of a triple-dip recession, Chancellor George Osborne must resist pressure from his Liberal Democrat coalition partners to introduce a new wealth tax in his 20th March budget, as it could “deter much-needed new foreign wealth from entering the UK and drive out wealthy foreigners who already live here,” says the chief executive of the world’s largest independent financial advisory firm.

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