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August 4th, 2017

Rural Tanzanians turning to 3D printed solar technology for energy solutions

As the race for sustainable energy charges on, developing nations often get lost in the shuffle. In Tanzania, over 30 million people lack energy, making up a whopping 75% of the country’s population. That’s precisely the issue that local startup Simusolar is trying to tackle. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2ffVGOF

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Researchers 3D print microfluidic blood-vessel model to investigate causes of arterial blood clots

For several years now, medical researchers have been making remarkable breakthroughs by combining 3D printing technology and microfluidics systems, and another recent development in this field has the potential to save many lives. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2hvJTvY

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3D printed models of cardiac conduction system could help doctors tackle troublesome heart rhythms

Scientists from a number of British and Danish universities have developed a new way to visualize the cardiac conduction system—the process that makes our hearts beat—in 3D. The study, which enables the 3D printing of heart models, could aid research into heart conditions. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2u8ANXT

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Artist Kristin Stransky has 3D printed dress, other works stolen from Colorado art exhibition

Kristin Stransky, a Denver-based digital artist, has reported stolen a number of her 3D printed artworks, including an elaborate 3D printed dress. The pieces, which made up much of the artist’s portfolio, were taken from an exhibition held at Colorado State University’s Electronic Art Gallery. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2ffhEBc

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Evolutionary biologists identify non-genetic source of species variability

An unspoken frustration for evolutionary biologists over the past 100 years, says Craig Albertson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is that genetics can only account for a small percentage of variation in the physical traits of organisms. Now he reports experimental results on how another factor, a “bizarre behavior” that is part of early cichlid fish larvae’s developmental environment, …Continue reading →

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Evolution of fan worm eyes

Scientists examining the multiple eyes found on the tentacles of fan worms have discovered they evolved independently from their other visual systems, specifically to support the needs of their lifestyle. A fan worm projecting its fan-like array of feeding tentacles up out of its tube into the water column. Two enlarged tentacles  are tipped with a pair of prominent compound …Continue reading →

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NY Metropolitan Museum to return stolen ancient Greek vase to Italy

Almost three years after being alerted that a piece of antiquity looted by tomb raiders in Italy in the 1970s was in its collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has turned it over to local authorities. The piece, a 2300 year old vase attributed to the Greek artist Python, was finally surrendered to the Manhattan district attorney’s office last week, …Continue reading →

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Sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface

The sun’s core rotates nearly four times faster than the sun’s surface, according to new findings by an international team of astronomers. Scientists had assumed the core was rotating like a merry-go-round at about the same speed as the surface. The sun is emitting plumes of hydrogen plasma. The white areas are where the sun’s magnetic field is especially strong  …Continue reading →

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Eyeagnosis: 16-year-old uses 3D printing, AI to create diabetic retinopathy diagnosis device

16-year-old student Kavya Kopparapu has designed a 3D printed eye diagnosis device. “Eyeagnosis” uses a camera to detect symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects one third of diabetes sufferers worldwide. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2u7UdfE

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Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years

The first review of the global impact of humans on tropical forests in the ancient past shows that humans have been altering these environments for at least 45,000 years. This counters the view that tropical forests were pristine natural environments prior to modern agriculture and industrialization. The study, published today in Nature Plants, found that humans have in fact been …Continue reading →

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