Image: One of the printed livers.
Scientists have recently come up with a way to accurately help plan complicated liver transplant, along with other surgeries such as removing a liver tumor. They discovered a way to 3D print an exact model of a liver, then let doctors visually plan out their surgeries. In the past, doctors have only been able to use 2D pictures simulated on a computer, but being able to actually see what they are going to do has been shown to help. Doctors agree that the 2D images often don't show exactly where main blood vessels and other parts of the liver are, and in surgery that isn't helpful. The livers are made in an interesting way. Using MRI and CT scans that the patient receiving the operation has already done, the scientists recreate the liver. Then, they 3D print it. Finally, the veins are dyed to clarify where everything is. In the Liver Transportation journal, the models of the livers were all anatomically correct with the location of the vessels, along with the volume of the liver. Doctors and scientist plan to grow this idea further, and want to branch out into making models like such to help surgeries such as face transplants and the removal of pancreatic tumors.
Image: One of the printed livers.
Read it: http://www.livescience.com/43922-3d-printed-livers-guide-surgery.html
I find that the connections between global warming and the Syrian war are very interesting. I learned that the main cause of the war was a drought, caused because of global warming. I feel like the idea about the drought being the root of the war is correct. However, it seems like after all of the years of the war, news channels have never brought up the drought idea. I think that it has to do with politics of religion, and how the channel doesn't want to lose viewers by talking about global warming. In my opinion, regardless of watches and agrees or not, news channels should cover the topic on the drought. The public should know the real reason the war started, even if they are against global warming.
All in all, I thought that the movie was very interesting, informative, and gave a fresh take on global warming by using live and current examples happening around the world.
I made an iMovie to help me study for the quiz with Rollin. Here it is and enjoy!
Youtube Link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BYNayBnvouo
On the UK beaches of Dorset, West Sussex and Cornwall, dead dolphins are appearing everywhere. This is because of the unusual amount of storms this year. The storms push back sand eels and sprats further into the sea. These are the dolphins' food. The dolphins keep dying because of not eating or other reasons due to the storms. However, the storms don't only affect the dolphins. The amount of sinkholes have risen also. In conclusion, dolphins are dying because of lots of storms in the UK.
Image: A dolphin.
Read it: http://www.livescience.com/44041-dead-dolphins-wash-ashore-uk.html
With the popularity of owning a gun rising, so has the gun-related names for babies. Names like Trigger and Wesson and becoming more and more popular, and although it's a gradual increase, it is increasing. On an analysis on the blog "Baby Name Wizard," many parents like gun-related names. Parents who live in states that have especially a lot of gun owners scored high for babies with gun names. However, there aren't a ton of babies with gun names yet, but the popularity for unique names keeps growing; along with the amount of gun owners.
Image: A baby girl who is having much pleasure with a very large gun.
Read about it: http://www.livescience.com/43985-gun-names-rise-popularity.html
Does playing with Barbie dolls limit little girls' job options? In Oregon, 37 girls ages 4-7 were in a study to see how playing with Barbie dolls affected their ideas about their future careers. The girls were randomly given either a Barbie or a Mrs. Potato Head doll. The Barbies' outfits ranged from sparkly skirts to doctor coats, and the Mrs. Potato Head toys had plastic purses and shoes. After the children played with the two various toys, they were all shown pictures of different workplaces such as restaurant, library, airplane, and more. After being shown these pictures, they were asked two questions: (1) "could you do this job when you grow up?" (2) "could a boy do this job when he grows up?" It turns out, the girls who played with Barbies thought that they couldn't do as many jobs as the girls who played with Mrs. Potato Head. To add on, the Barbie girls thought that boys could do more jobs than them, but Mrs. Potato Head girls thought that girls could do almost as much as boys could. Scientists would like to do more research on this topic, but in the mean time they recommend having a variety in a child's toy box, instead of just Barbies or action figures.
Image: 4 of the Barbie I Can Be dolls: a magician, zookeeper, chef, and nurse.
Read about it: http://www.livescience.com/43882-barbie-may-limit-girls-job-aspirations.html
After six months of treatment, home renovator Ronald Reese died of an unknown spider bite in the nighttime. Ronald was doing a home renovation when he was theoretically bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider. After visiting the hospital he eventually died. Brown Recluse spider bites are venomous but rarely kill, but in this case it did. This is very unlikely for people to die from this kind of spider bites. Ronald died on Feb, 16.
Read about it: http://www.livescience.com/43780-spider-bite-kills-florida-man.html
Imagine having to bite down for 6 seconds, and your teeth were clean? The makers of the Blizzident toothbrush want that. Their plans are to make a pair of what look like "hairy dentures" that are custom fit to your mouth that automatically clean your teeth. They also plan to use the power of 3-D printing a scanning to help them. Here's what they want to do: First, they would make a digital scan of your mouth and teeth. Then, using the scan, would perfectly place 600 fine bristles (like from regular toothbrushes) onto the entirely 3-D printed brush. To help make the brush, they use a process called stereography, where liquid plastic is shaped with an ultra violet laser. Today, one Blizzident toothbrush costs $299, but makers say it will be worth it because it improves your dental health and lowers the time spent on brushing your teeth.
Image: Teeth and a Blizzident
Read about it: http://www.livescience.com/39976-3d-printed-toothbrush-tailored-to-your-mouth.html
Before now, making molds and custom chocolate involved the tough processes of metal stamping, silicone, heat-treated plastic and more. However, thanks to the innovative mind of Brian Begun, who has a new take on chocolate. After a bad experience with chocolate molding for his wedding, Brian thought about a simpler way of molding chocolate, 3-D printing. All Brian needs to do is print a computer scan of the mold he wants the chocolate to be a--poof! There it is! This method takes away machinery, chemicals, and other bad things in the traditional process of molding chocolate. Brian has been so successful he has stared his own chocolate brand, Everything's Made of Chocolate.
Image: A 3-D printed chocolate logo from Brian's brand.
Read it: http://www.livescience.com/40073-chocolate-3d-printing.html
More and more men everywhere are getting beard transplants from plastic surgeons! In an increasing trend, usually artistic men in their 20s to about 40s will pay up to $7000 for a beard to be put into their face. How it's done is actually quite simple. First, surgeons take out roots of hair from a man's head, and insert them into their chin, which has many tiny, small cuts. After the surgery, it takes around a week to recover. Some men get beards because they want to have them, or to cover up acne scars. Another reason is because they can't grow a beard naturally.
Image: A man with a beard.
Read about it: http://www.livescience.com/43804-growing-trend-beard-transplants.html