Four short links: 9 July 2010

Crowdfunding, Biogrown Blood, MakerBot Spawn, and Real-Time Data

  1. Reasons for Artists and Fans to Consider Crowdfundingthe number of fans acquiring music outside traditional and/or legal means is, well, the majority. Plenty of examples of bands raising money outside the label system.
  2. DARPA’s Blood Makers Start Pumping (Wired) — biomanufactured blood. The blood was produced using hematopoietic cells, derived from embryonic cord-blood units. Currently, it takes Arteriocyte scientists three days to turn a single umbilical cord unit into 20 units of RBC-packed blood. The average soldier needs six units during trauma treatment. (via rdiva on Twitter)
  3. Self-Reproducing Makerbot — a community member popped up, out of the blue, and posted the designs for a MakerBot assembled from 150 pieces that a MakerBot can print, a-la the RepRap (whose design MakerBot is based on). (via Quinn Norton)
  4. Real Time Real World Statistics — I can’t wait to see what happens when we get real-time AND open data together. (via jessykate on Twitter)
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  • Ken Williams

    Ever since my second child needed blood for a big surgery (which I donated), I’ve been donating blood – then I started donating platelets, and my third child needed a platelet transfusion when he was born. So I’ve been doing that pretty regularly too. But platelets are a pretty big hassle, it takes a couple hours of donation time and a needle in each arm, and the effects from the anti-coagulants aren’t very fun. I’m hoping a synthetically-grown platelet soup shows up soon.