Blogging History: Expiring 3DP patents; Cat burglar in my street; 9/11 commission report published

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One year ago today

Get ready for the big bang as 3D printing patents expire: The key patents covering a 3D printing technique called “laser sintering” are set to expire in the next year or two — there are a bunch of them, so they’ll trickle out — and this will radically reduce the price of printing and printers.

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TV reporter apologizes for rummaging through MH17 victims’ luggage at crash site

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MH17: Sky News reporter Colin Brazier reports from the crash scene

The internet was abuzz this week with horror at the actions of Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, who was reporting live from the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Eastern Ukraine for the 24-hour news network. He picked up crash victims’ luggage live on air, and rummaged through its contents, describing them to camera. Mr. Brazier now realizes he “crossed a line,” and wrote a sort of mea culpa in the Guardian.
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