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A company printed 10 small buildings in Shanghai in just one day; Ron Paul explains his thoughts on Bitcoin; meanwhile, the Supreme Court is pondering whether cops require warrants to look through cellphones. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

A Chinese Company Managed to 3D-Print 10 Buildings in One Day
Recently in Shanghai, a Chinese company 3D-printed 10 small buildings in about a day.

On Cliven Bundy’s ‘Ancestral Rights’
If the Nevada rancher is forced to pay taxes or grazing fees, he should pay them to the Shoshone.

Federal Court Strikes Down Discriminatory Wisconsin Voter ID Law
Two decisions taken this week were striking affirmations of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent last week, in a Michigan affirmative action case, that “race matters.”

The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back
Can a budding labor movement improve the lives of non-tenured faculty—and, in the process, fix higher education?

Why Does Ron Paul Think Bitcoin Does Not Fit the Definition of Money?
Bitcoin is a very interesting subject because for many years in Congress Ron Paul was a champion of legalizing competition in currencies.

The Wedding-Industrial Complex
Ten years ago, when the reality show “Bridezillas” stormed onto cable television—all tulle and tirades and tailored, four-figure gowns—a kind of counter-pop-cultural way of thinking came along with it, centered on knee-jerk disdain

Neoliberalism’s War on Democracy
Four decades of neoliberal policies have resulted in an economic Darwinism that promotes privatization, commodification, free trade, and deregulation.

Supreme Court Taking Up Police Searches of Data Troves Known as Cellphones
In a major test of how to interpret the Fourth Amendment in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Tuesday considered two cases about whether the police need warrants to search the cellphones of the people they arrest.

‘Smart’ Firearm Draws Wrath of the Gun Lobby
Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts.

Despite Twitter Backlash, New York Police Dept. Plans to Expand Social Media Efforts
For the first few months of his second tour as commissioner of the New York Police Department, William J. Bratton has been consumed in large part with reshaping perceptions of officers.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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