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Challenging engineers to build a starship and giving school kids 3D printers were among several big ideas put out by a top US Government science wonk in a speech in Washington this morning. Citing President Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon, Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy …

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C-N
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Yes

A thousand times yes.

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JDC
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Interesting idea, but flawed

Given the amount of willies I carved on desks during my time at school, I'm not sure that giving 12yr old boys access to 3D printers is necessarily the best idea in the world...

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Just don't forget to hook up the doll....

/Weird Science

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Scientific activism

You have to take all those political statements about science with a grain of salt. Politicians have to come up with grand ideas because that is what gets them elected. Those ideas don't necessarily translate into successful science. Google for <Szilard "do something about the retardation of scientific progress"> for a nice story illustrating this point.

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Anonymous Coward

3D printers?

Somebody should tell him about Lego.

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By ten

"reduce the cost of a space launch by ten."

Ten what? Ten percent? Ten dollars? Ten human lives?

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Joke

Re: By ten

Literally by the number ten - they're taking it off the countdown. The verbal just before launch will start "Nine, eight, seven..."

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