Regular maps of Paris’ large, incredibly intricate subway system can get overwhelming to look at very fast, but a gorgeous, interactive website makes it much easier on your eyes by rendering those maps through stunning 3-D graphics and commuting stats.

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The history of computer revolutions will show a logical progression from the Mac to the iPad to something like this SpaceTop 3-D desktop, if computer genius Jinha Lee has anything to say about it.

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Since it’s the end of the year (WORLD?), we’ve put together a little list for y’all of the biggest tech fails of 2012.


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3D printers are changing the world, for good and ill. Doctors can now 3D-print replacement bones perfectly customized to their patient’s anatomy while terrorists could potentially print untraceable automatic weapons. In between these extremes are projects like 3D-printed graffiti by artist Greg Petchkovsky. Some might consider it a next-gen nuisance, while others see it as the evolution of an art form.

Petchkovsky’s graffiti is minimal and almost purposefully invisible. He finds architectural details that have suffered damage and designs 3D-printed “prosthetics” that attempt to fix them — but with a surprise twist. A broken corner of a sandstone staircase reveals a Lego skeleton; meanwhile, pitted clay bricks appear to melt, an homage to old-school “drip” style tags.

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Shapeways, a 3-D print-on-demand service based in New York, launched Elasto Plastic. Unlike the standard ABS plastic wire, this stuff is flexible. “From what we can tell,” says Director of Marketing Carine Carmy, “it’s the only highly flexible 3-D printed material accessible to everyone.”

Now we can make ANYTHING. Watch out, real work will cease to get done as we make hand-puppets for dino wars.

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Recovered images may help scientists piece together what happened after a large metal rod impaled railroad worker Phineas Gage in 1848. 

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Legendary Australian performance artist Stelarc is known for going to extremes, from aggressive voluntary surgeries and robotic third arms to flesh-hook suspensions and prosthetics. For more than four decades, he has used his body as a canvas for art on the very edge of human experience: He once ingested a “stomach sculpture” that could have killed him…

The long sleeves of Stelarc’s black jacket conceal the notorious “Ear on Arm” project, in which a “biocompatible scaffold” was surgically inserted into his left forearm in 2006, creating the shape of an ear in an arduous ongoing process.

“At present it’s only a relief of an ear,” Stelarc said. “When the ear becomes a more 3-D structure we’ll reinsert the small microphone that connects to a wireless transmitter.” In any Wi-Fi hotspot, he said, it will become internet-enabled. “So if you’re in San Francisco and I’m in London, you’ll be able to listen in to what my ear is hearing, wherever you are and wherever I am.”

Read more @ Underwire.

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace opens on Friday as a re-release in 3D. So we decided to re-release our review of the movie from 1999. In 3D.

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Lookin’ good, sir.

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