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Cameras now mounted to the International Space Station have started beaming full-color HD video of Earth from space, and provide a startling level of detail in closeup. Even if you can’t quite make out people’s hair-dos, you can definitely see the color of their cars. The videos, created by a commercial satellite company Urthecast, show roads, parks, and waterways of three cities: Boston, Barcelona, and London.More →

This morning, Wayfair, the Boston-based online furniture retailer, announced that it has added 170,000 square feet to its upcoming lease in The Offices at Copley Place.

The additional office space more than doubles the original square footage Wayfair anticipated needing for its expected move in June. Last spring, the company announced that it was leasing 105,000 square feet from Simon Property Group, Inc., for a summer 2014 move out of the tower at 177 Huntington Avenue, a space that is part of the Christian Science complex.

Wayfair’s new office space will now be 275,000 square feet, about three times the size of its current headquarters. More →

Hipster apparel merchant Karmaloop has been one of Boston’s rare consumer e-commerce hits: the company, founded in a Jamaica Plain basement in 2000, booked $165 million in sales last year, according to CEO Greg Selkoe. And the company’s headquarters have progressively taken over the inside of what was once the landmark Shreve Crump & Low jewelry store in Back Bay, where it employs almost 200 people.More →

There was quite an interesting scene taking place recently at Makerbot’s Newbury Street store, as the 3D printing company held a printing workshop for children.

A seven-year old named Victor could be observed manipulating shapes with a 3D modelling software program. He chooses red blocks, adjusts the dimensions, and then pieces them together. A Makerbot employee assigned to oversee the children’s work takes a look at Victor’s creation.

“That’s a good looking robot,” he says.

“It’s actually a Minecraft person,” Victor replies, as he rotates the model into clear view.More →