Serena Williams storms into French Open quarters

first_imgChampion Serena Williams swatted aside the limp challenge of Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday, to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.The world number one rarely sparkled on a damp, dank centre court at Roland Garros, but always wielded enough firepower to see off the Ukrainian 18th seed in a match that was delayed by two days due to the fickle Parisian weather.Empty green seats outnumbered raincoat-clad fans by around five to one on the Parisian showcourt, and the heavy, slow balls meant there was little artistry to entice greater numbers.Although spluttering from time to time – Williams fired the odd serve alarmingly long; netted the occasional simple groundstroke – the top seed always did enough to neuter her scurrying opponent.The American will play Yulia Putintzeva for a spot in the semis.last_img read more

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Hersheys Foray Into 3D Printing Could Allow You to Be Your Own

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read January 20, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Why visit a chocolate factory when you can print candy in your own home? That dream may become a reality now that Hershey is partnering with 3D Systems, a 3-D printing technology company, to develop 3-D printing methods that can be used to make chocolate confections.”Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3-D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future,” William Papa, Hershey’s head of research and development, said in a statement.There is no indication yet as to when the multi-year agreement may bear fruit, and financial terms were not disclosed. But Pennsylvania-based Hershey, with revenues of $6.6 billion, has the size and influence to drive major growth in 3-D printing. Analysts at research firm Gartner have predicted that the number of 3-D printers in consumer hands will double this year.3D Systems unveiled a 3-D chocolate printer at the Consumer Electronics Expo last week, along with a printer for edible sugar. But those devices, which will reportedly be available later this year and will cost several thousand dollars, are intended only for use in bakeries and other professional settings.3D Systems sees expansion into edible products as a way to mainstream 3-D printing technology, according to the statement. A company spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that 3D Systems intends to bring the technology to consumers rather than keeping it solely for commercial use. That means that individuals could print sweets for themselves instead of the sort of thermoplastic trinkets that currently represent what is achievable with 3-D printers in the popular imagination.Related: Photoshop’s Latest Feature: 3-D Printing Capability Register Now »last_img read more

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