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DID YOU KNOW? New York and New Jersey lawmakers introduced federal legislation yesterday requiring Washington to develop an emergency plan if a critical rail tunnel between the two states must undergo repairs before a replacement opens. The process of digging a new tunnel and repairing the current one is the most urgent and expensive part of the program, estimated to cost almost $13 billion. The current tunnel carries about 450 trains each weekday, and was damaged by floodwaters from superstorm Sandy. (WSJ)
DID YOU KNOW? Apple i-pad, Apple computer, Apple phone, Apple watch.....and now NETFLIX-style APPLE TELEVISION? Yesterday Apple invited media to a March 25th event on its campus in Cupertino, California, where it is expected to launch a television and video service. (Reuters)
DID YOU KNOW? Icon - a Texas startup - says it will use a 3-D printer to churn out a concrete house within days by year-end. Could this solve housing shortages? It still faces regulatory and technical hurdles. The printer can produce bungalows up to 2,000sf. Austin-based developer Cielo is purchasing Icon’s Vulcan II printer and aims to use it to produce affordable housing in Austin later this year. The new 3,800 pound 3-D printer is operated by a tablet and requires only a few people to run and supervise it, squeezing out a stream of concrete like icing a cake, replacing workers who frame homes, install sheetrock, insulation and exterior finishes. It also produces less waste than traditional construction sites: some experts estimate up to 33% waste. It costs about $20,000 and takes several days to 3-D print a 2,000sf house. Building costs are reduced by about 30% after factoring in land and other construction costs such as plumbing and finishes. (WSJ)

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