The Daily DFM (01.08.14)

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1. 2014 People's Choice Awards: Follow the show live

2. Hall of Fame Class of 2014: The breakdown

3. CES 2014: MakerBot's new digital store is the 'iTunes' of 3D printing

By Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The MakerBot Z18 3D printer produces objects six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator.

The MakerBot Z18 3D printer produces objects six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator. AP

MakerBot, the 3D-printing company, has unveiled the "iTunes" of 3D printing as part of its new line-up of 3D printing technology.

The game-changing new MakerBot digital store features a host of professionally designed digital 3D models, created by an in-house team at MakerBot, made to be simple and easy to purchase and print with one-touch.

"3D printing can be a bit daunting from the outside, so we've created all these 3D designs that you can buy individual models or as a collection - a bit like songs - and create fun for kids and adults alike," said Bre Pettis, co-founder and chief executive of MakerBot.

Previously MakerBot offered a cloud-based design sharing service called Thingiverse, which allowed users to upload their designs and share them with a community and access them from anywhere with a MakerBot 3D printer.

Professional, proven designs

The new digital store sits alongside the Thingiverse service, augmenting it with professional, proven designs that are guaranteed to work, and launches with six different collections of models primarily based around children's toys.

The models can be picked up individually for $0.99 or as whole collections of models for $9.99 and include mini characters spanning every day life, construction, dragons, knights, kings and queens, as well as little pet animals for the kids.

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4. Ancient Romans dined on giraffe, flamingo


Ancient Romans dined on giraffe, researchers say.

Ancient Romans dined on giraffe, researchers say. Thinkstock

ROME - Ancient Romans dined on giraffes, pink flamingos and exotic spices from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new scientific study of excavations in Pompeii near Naples in southern Italy.

The study of food waste dug up by researchers from the University of Cincinnati in the United States led by archaeologist Steven Ellis found that menus in the city were far richer and more varied than previously thought.

The most used foods found in drains and dumps were grains, fruits, nuts, olives, lentils, local fish and eggs, but there was also more exotic fare like salted fish from Spain, or imported shellfish and sea urchins.

A joint of giraffe was found in the drain of one home.

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5. Wardsboro men charged with poaching deer

WARDSBORO (AP) - Two Vermont men have been arrested on a charge of possessing illegal deer.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife wardens said they visited the house last year where the men lived and found three deer in their shed. Twenty-year-old Cody Thompson of Wardsboro said he shot a 3-point buck and a doe using a .22 caliber rifle the night of Nov. 3.

The shed also contained a 5-point buck that 23-year-old Gordon Bills of Wardsboro had previously reported at a check station during archery season, saying the deer was legally harvested. Wardens said a wound consistent with a projectile from a small caliber firearm was discovered. Bills later said he killed the deer with a .22 caliber rifle.

Both men were cited to appear at Windham County Court on Jan. 21.


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