Shapeways 3D-Printing Facility Photo Tour

A recent Mashable article showed a photo tour of a new 3D-printing facility.

Shapeways took the wraps off its new 25,000-square foot 3D-printing facility in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier this month.

(The scissors used in the ceremony were 3D-printed, of course.)

The factory, which is located in Long Island City, is Shapeways’ first outside the Netherlands and currently houses five printers and nine employees. The company plans to expand to between 30 and 50 printers and between 50 and 60 employees within the next year. Most of those employees will be designers and engineers.

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Visit the United States Constitution

Did you know that you can visit the United States Constitution?

National Archives Experience
Constitution Ave. NW
[between 7th & 9th St.]
Washington, DC 20408

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Virtual Tour:
In this Inside the Vaults video short, Chief of Reference at the National Archives Trevor Plante literally takes viewers inside the Archives vaults to see some of his favorite rarely-displayed documents.

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Virtual Tour of the National Hurricane Center

Go on a virtual tour of NOAA's National Hurricane Center. With the click of a computer mouse, the online links provide panoramic views of the different rooms of the facility, accompanied by an audio description.

Click here to go to the virtual tour site:

Once you click on a tour link, if Java 3D doesn't work, click on Flash 2D for an alternative view.

The following virtual tours are available:
  • Welcome to the National Hurricane Center – (read audio text)
  • NHC Operations Area – (read audio text)
  • CARCAH (Aircraft Reconnaissance) – (read audio text)
  • FEMA Hurricane Liaison Room – (read audio text)
  • Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) – (read audio text)
  • NHC Media Center – (read audio text)
  • Miami Weather Forecast Office – (read audio text)
  • NHC Library – (read audio text)
The rooms included in the virtual tour are the National Hurricane Center operations, the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) operations, the Chief Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination All Hurricanes (CARCAH), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) liaison, Media & Seminar Room, NOAA Miami Regional Library, and the NOAA National Weather Service Miami Forecast Office.

Tour the Taj Mahal

Did you know you can tour the Taj Mahal online?  Read more about it, watch the video tour and explore the Taj Mahal below.

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This informative video offers a guided tour of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India by Patrick Schwerdtfeger:

White House Fall Garden Tour

The White House once again opens its gardens and grounds to visitors from across the country, continuing President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's commitment to opening up the White House to more Americans. During the Fall Garden Tours, visitors are able to experience the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and the South Lawn of the White House as well as the White House Kitchen Garden -- the first vegetable garden planted at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden. Those taking the tour also have used the hashtag #WHGarden to share photos of their experience.

Solar Panel Factory Tour

Eric Layton went on a solar panel factory in China.

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Coal Mining

Did you know that coal generates 40% of the world's electricity?  Ever wonder how they do it?  Watch this video showing how coal is mined.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.  Read more about Day of the Dead on Wikipedia.

Transylvania County Waterfalls

Go on an aerial tour of Transylvania County, in North Carolina, shot in late Autumn. See Pisgah National Forest, downtown Brevard and the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest. For more information about The Land of Waterfalls, go to

Tour of Google's Data Centers

See inside one of Google's data centers in this guided tour. See what powers their products, and then explore on your own in Street View:

Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Visit DeLallo's website.
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Shop online for DeLallo's balsamic vinegars.

How is balsamic vinegar made?  In this video series, Anthony tells us the fascinating and complex story of how Balsamic Vinegar is made. It starts with the low-alcohol grapes of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, which are cooked down to "grape must." Anthony will explain the difference between traditional and commercial Balsamic Vinegars, and how to pick out a good Balsamic in the store.

While Balsamic Vinegar Tradizionale is perfect for special occasions, everyday balsamic vinegar is too delicious not to use more often. Made with grape must and red wine vinegar, and fermented in oak barrels for two months, everyday balsamic vinegar is thicker in texture than other vinegars, but not as thick as Tradizionale. Using DeLallo's Balsamic Vinegar and Private Stock Balsamic Vinegar to illustrate, Anthony shows us how to read a vinegar label and how to learn the key traits of a quality Balsamic Vinega.

Ojai Olive Oil Tours

Ojai Olive Oil
1811 Ladera Road, Ojai CA 93023

Open to the public for Tours & Tastings:
Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm
Saturdays, 10am-3pm
Visit their website for more tour information.
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Extra virgin olive oil can be flavored in a wide variety of ways, creating an abundance of wonderful cooking tools. The process of crafting a wonderful flavored olive oil begins with selecting the appropriate oil for the flavor you wish to use.

Ojai Olive Oil is located on the Asquith Ranch, in the east end of Southern California’s stunning Ojai Valley. Ojai is a remarkable place, with a community every bit as rich and diverse as its natural surroundings. It has become a gathering place for farmers, artists, healers and a sanctuary for those seeking a more peaceful and harmonious existence for themselves and their families.

The Mediterranean climate here is perfect for a wide range of agriculture, and happens to be particularly good for olives. The main grove on our ranch was planted by Spanish missionaries in the 1880s, back when there was a communal olive press in the valley. At that time the valley produced a significant quantity of olive oil, and the trees thrived here. There suitability to the Ojai climate is evident in the fact that the trees on our ranch have survived here for over a century, without much of any care. Through droughts, wildfires, and storms, the olive trees have persisted. Our Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes from these old Spanish trees, a Lechin de Sevilla varietal that produces a wonderfully robust and peppery olive oil.

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch Tours

Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California offers tours of their farm.  This time of year, they offer pumpkin patch activities and tours.

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Tucson Ghost Tour

Explore downtown Tucson after dark on a walking tour, sure to put shivers down your spine. Your Ghost Host from Lost Souls Ghost Tours will lead you on this walking tour through Tucson’s streets while telling you the ghostly stories of the most haunted buildings in town.

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JaggerSpun Yarn Factory Photo Tour

JaggerSpun yarn has a photo tour of their factories, showing how yarn is made.

Visit their website for the photo tour.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Campus Tours

Guide Dogs for the Blind match people and dogs where each has a better life together than either would apart.  Visit their campuses in California and Oregon for tours of their facilities.

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Watch this video about campus life for guide dogs at Guide Dogs for the Blind:

John Deere Pavilion

The John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois is now open to the public following a near total transformation of the visitor experience.

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Here is a video of the John Deere Pavilion's design:

Newspaper Press Tour

Since it is International Newspaper Carrier Day, here is a video tour from 2006 of the new press of the News-Herald in Panama City, Florida.

Diamond Jewelry Factory Tour

Visit Diamonds International through this virtual factory tour of their jewelry factory.  They show how jewelry is designed and created.

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Jr. Farmer Tours are offered in Orange County

Jr. Farmer Tours are offered in Orange County, California at the OC Fair and Event Center.

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SUP ATX Paddle Board Factory Tour

SUP ATX is the #1 Stand Up Paddle Board Maker in the World. See how stand up paddle boards are made from beginning to end. Watch this 4-minute video tour of one of three SUP ATX stand up paddle board manufacturing facilities.

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UPS Behind-the-Scenes

Ever wonder how UPS works?  Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of UPS.

Here is a peek at the UPS Design & Test Lab that helps to make sure their processes keep our packages in great shape during delivery.

Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center

While the California Science Center is building Endeavour's permanent home, a new addition to the Science Center called the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, Endeavour will be on display in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, opening October 30, 2012. Along with the orbiter, the pavilion will feature video experiences and significant artifacts such as the Spacehab flown in Endeavour's payload bay on shuttle mission STS-118.

Guests will begin their experience by visiting Endeavour: The California Story, a companion exhibit featuring images and artifacts that relate the shuttle program to California, where the orbiters were built. The California Story gallery will also feature components that flew into space with Endeavour, such as Endeavour's potty, galley and the tires from STS-134, Endeavour's final mission, for guests to see up close.

Visit the ticket information page on the California Science Center's website for details on how to get timed tickets to see Endeavour on display in the Pavilion.

Watch the video to see how Endeavour got from the airport to the California Science Center.

Hearst Castle Tours

Hearst Castle Tours
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon CA 93452-9740

The Hearst Castle, built by William Randolph Hearst, is one of the most opulent castles in North America.  Located in Northern California, self-guided, group and virtual tours are offered to explore the many facets of this extraordinary home.  Note that evening tours typically begin again each October.

Visit their website to learn about their tours.
Visit their website to make tour reservations.
Visit their website to make group tour reservations.

Also visit their awesome virtual tour website to explore the Castle.

Take a look around the newly remodeled Visitor Center with the new Virtual Tour. Visitor Center Tour.

Russ Christoff goes on a tour of Hearst Castle in this video, providing a lot of information about the tour experience.

Watch a video of the enchanted evening tours which provide a glimpse as to what the home may have looked like when used as a home in the 1930s.

George Plimpton hosts this virtual tour of the Hearst Castle and focuses on the preservation aspect.

Virtual Tours of Italy

Let's go to Italy today!  Here is a video slideshow from Perillo Tours to start out our virtual tour.

Here is a walk through the streets of Venice uploaded by utoobasaurus.

John Cabot is an American University in the heart of Rome, Italy, offering exceptional 4-year degrees and study abroad programs (for a summer, semester or a year). Take the virtual tour and find out what it's like to study at JCU.

O'Leary's Fire Truck Tours

O'Leary's Fire Truck Tours
Chicago, Illinois

O'Leary's Fire Truck Tours specializes in providing exciting tours of the City of Chicago with a view from our 1965 antique fire truck from experienced and knowledgeable fire truck drivers.

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Riley's Farms

Riley's Farms
Oak Glen, California

Riley's Farms says time travel is possible!  "Time travel is possible! Y'all can go up yonder for the 1800s, or head right for the 1700s."  Visit their farm and special events that take you back.

Visit their special events calendar that includes events themed as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Harvest Feast and Christmas in the Colonies.

Riley's Farms

12261 S. Oak Glen Road
Oak Glen, California 92399
Phone (909) 797-7534
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BOHO Farm in Phoenix, Arizona recently went on a tour of BOHO Farm in Phoenix, Arizona and put together this photo tour.

Boho Farm and Home is a little 1/2 acre organic urban farm in the heart of Phoenix. They desire to live a simplier life and share with the community by inviting others to join them for classes and events

View the photo tour.
Read Q&A from the tour and get Boho's social media links.
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Visit Boho Farm's website.
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Operation Face-Lift/Skid Row Tours

Operation Face-Lift/Skid Row is working to improve the conditions of the community of Skid Row Los Angeles.  Through personalized tours of the 52 blocks of Downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row, people can see the issues that trouble this area such as trash pick-up and street cleaning.  Hear from people living and working in the area and on the streets and learn how you can make a difference by sponsoring trash cans.

For more information, contact OG at Operation Face-Lift/Skid Row to schedule a tour.  Donations are encouraged, but not required, as they are looking for people to help with their unique talents in support of their efforts.

"We need you and me to come together.  If we come together, we can make something happen." - Coach Ron, Operation Face-Lift/Skid Row

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Brookhaven National Laboratory

One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers.

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Go on a video tour of energy research lab at Brookhaven National Laboratory:

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