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Suicides accounted for 638 of the 910 gun deaths in Arizona in 2012, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Homicides came in a distant second at 246.

That same year, a total of 747 people died of motor-vehicle-related injuries.

Gun deaths have exceeded the number of motor-vehicle deaths in Arizona every year since 2009.

Firearm deaths by suicide have far exceeded gun homicides each year for the past decade.

This blows a big hole in the argument that gun ownership keeps people safer.
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Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall | ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart | Via

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is an architectural prototype building and a showcase for the current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for lightweight timber construction. Funded by the European Union and the state of Baden‐Württemberg, the building is the first to have its primary structure entirely made of robotically prefabricated beech plywood plates. The newly developed timber construction offers not only innovative architectural possibilities; it is also highly resource efficient, with the load bearing plate structure being just 50mm thin. This is made possible through integrative computational design, simulation, fabrication and surveying methods.

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This mini-boom is unusual in the developed economies and is going to be good for the US economy in general. It will unfortunately suck for the members of that generation themselves, since they will spend their whole lives competing with more of their peers than we did. It will be particularly good for the generation *before* them — mine — currently in their 30s, who will get a cheaper workforce and easier hiring.