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BMW gives thumbs-up to 3D printing with custom-created thumbs

Workers in a BMW factory are being issued thumb guards specifically tailored to their hands as they build cars.<p>BMW is giving the thumbs-up to 3D printing. The German car manufacturer is 3D-printing unique custom thumb guards for workers assembling cars to relieve the strain on their digits.<p>With the …

3D Printing

Why are Newfoundland's honey bees parasite free? - Futurity

Scientists are studying honey bee colonies in Newfoundland that are free of invasive parasites found elsewhere in the world.

Bees

Extinct Humans Passed High-Altitude Gene to Tibetans

Tibetan people can survive on the roof of the world—one of the most inhospitable places that anybody calls home—thanks to a version of a gene that they inherited from a group of extinct humans called Denisovans, who were only discovered four years ago thanks to 41,000-year-old DNA recovered from a …

Why Do Some Teens Become Binge Drinkers? Algorithms Answer.

The first time I got drunk I was 15. It was in a hotel room in Paris, on a trip with my high school French Club, drinking vodka and Orangina from a plastic bottle. I remember looking at my blurry reflection in the bathroom mirror and thinking, <i>So this is what being drunk is</i>. I didn’t hate it. I …

3D printed organs come a step closer

Australian and US scientists make major medical breakthrough in printing vascular network<p>For years, scientists have been able to “print” types of human tissue using a 3D printer, but in a significant leap forward by US and Australian researchers they can now make that tissue survive on its …

US sets up honey bee loss task force

<b>The White House has set up a taskforce to tackle the decline of honey bees.</b><p>The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the agriculture department will lead the effort, which includes $8m (£4.7m) for new honey bee habitats.<p>Bee populations saw a 23% decline last winter, a trend blamed on the loss …

Ecology

The Future Of Medicine Is In Devices You Swallow

Instead of going to the doctor for tests, the tests will be inside us.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This is part of Co.Exist’s list of World Changing Ideas of 2014. Read more here.<p>It sounds like the premise for a futuristic medical thriller: doctors prescribe pills for their patients that double as ingestible …

Bullying's Long-Term Effects Seen in Both the Bullied and the Bully

While bullied kids can have depression and anxiety in adulthood, the bullies may have less chronic stress.<p>The effects of bullying in childhood can last a lifetime, both for the child who's bullied and for his or her tormenter.<p>But according to a Duke University study published today in the</i> …

Peanut butter sniff test confirms Alzheimer's - Futurity

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a …

11 Great Things About Preschoolers

When my oldest son was a baby, I couldn't wait for him to reach the next milestone, whatever it was: I wanted him to roll over, crawl, walk, talk, play nicely, pick up his toys, do long division. Now he's ten, and those early milestones are but a faint memory (except for the long division thing, …

Parenting

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness

The Hebrides: Scotland's magical islands

An emerald shore receding behind, a sea breeze in your face, a dolphin surfing the bow wave as escort. The magic begins as soon as you board the ferry from Scotland’s rugged west coast and head for the Hebrides, a scattering of over 50 inhabited islands that take in the stirring mountainscapes of …

Scotland

Want To Stop Snoring? Here's What Works (And What Doesn't)

Long considered little more than a nuisance, snoring is no longer something to ignore -- to the delight of frustrated bed partners everywhere. To sleep physicians, snoring is a sign that something's up.<p>"When you are snoring, you're spending too much energy to breathe," says Dr. M. Safwan Badr, …

These Are The World's Deadliest Killers

HIV, cancer, malaria, and more, up close--plus some non-killers, to show what this new microscopy system can do.<p>At three Australian universities, a new tool is allowing researchers to see things that have never been seen before. GE's superfancy new microscope, the DeltaVision OMX Blaze, is designed …

3D-printed cast concept uses ultrasound to heal broken bones

Last year, Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill created the Cortex cast, a concept that sought to potentially replace traditional plaster casts while also offering the added benefit of being lightweight and odor-free. Now, the Osteoid cast, a new concept designed by Deniz …

A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes

A Dutch filmmaker has updated one of the more compelling uses of time-lapse photography techniques online. Frans Hofmeester has filmed his daughter, Lotte, every week since her birth in 1999. He recently posted a video that shows her on a white background, growing from a chubby-cheeked baby into a …

Breakthrough in invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

Scientists can create artificial nanostructures that can ‘bend light.’ But the challenge has been making enough of the material to turn invisibility …

Print Delicious Meals With Foodini, 3D Food Printer Uses Fresh Ingredients

With all the hype about 3D printers, it was only a matter of time until a 3D food printer came about. Foodini, currently a Kickstarter campaign, is …

Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house

Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials – is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding? Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam<p>Treacle-black plastic oozes from a nozzle at the bottom of a small tower in Amsterdam, depositing layer upon …

What’s a Blood Moon?

Nowadays, 4 totally eclipsed moons in a row are called Blood Moons. Why? We don’t know for sure, but the answer may lie in a 2013 book by 2 Christian …

Patient’s Cranium Replaced With Custom 3D Printed Implant

Three months ago, a 22-year-old woman, suffering from a rare bone ailment, underwent brain surgery in Holland. Her skull, which had grown some three …

Why Earth has 4 seasons

Some assume our planet’s changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. That’s logical, but not the case, for Earth.<p>Nearly everyone …

Astronomy

More on 3D Coins, and an Illegal DIY Production Method: The Doming Block

Love it or hate it, the U.S. Mint's forthcoming 3D coin seems to be capturing people's imaginations. And while we previously looked at the cool …

Federal Reserve

23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

Books

How your brain works – video

<b>Amy Novotney:</b> The brain is more complex than corporate team-building exercises suggest, but the myth is unlikely to die anytime soon<p>Published: 16 Nov 2013<p>Published: 16 Nov 2013<p>Watchdog issues guidance to help institutions address ‘pernicious’ cheating through use of sites for written-to-order papers<p>…

The Dalai Lama Says Gay Marriage Is OK During Larry King Interview (VIDEO)

The Dalai Lama came out in support of marriage equality during a Larry King interview where he said that he is OK with same sex marriage.<p>Though he has referred to Buddhist texts disallowing same sex intimacy in the past, his views on the subject appear to have evolved over the years. This is the …

Second Baby Cleared Of HIV. Rare Event, Or Hope For Others?

In only the second documented case of its kind, an infant born with the AIDS virus may have been cured of the infection, thanks to an intensive drug treatment begun just hours after her birth. The baby girl — now 9 months old — from Long Beach, Calif., is still on that regimen of antiretroviral …

Oak Ridge National Lab Working on Huge, Super-Fast 3D Printers

Here's some exciting news: The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is currently working on a 3D printer "that is 200 to 500 …

3D Printing

An ultra tiny sensor could help doctors clean out your arteries

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and according to the CDC, clogged arteries from coronary heart disease kill more than 385,000 people annually. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a tiny device they hope will …