We’ve talked a little bit together about what cool things science can bring us, today I was thinking about what sorts of responsibilities science can bring. While I was looking for something that we might be able to use to think about these responsibilities, I found an interesting piece about smallpox on National Public Radio. For those of you who might not know a whole lot about smallpox, it’s a virus which has been eradicated, that means that we’ve found a cure, and cured everyone in the world who had the disease. Before smallpox was eradicated it was a very powerful virus and it ended up killing 3 out of 10 people who got sick.
The story which you can listen to with the link below talks about how we’re supposed to only have samples of the virus in two labs in the world, however while a team of scientists were cleaning an old, unused lab they found a box with six samples of the virus in it. This struck me as contrary to what I think are the responsibilities of the scientific community, leaving such a powerful virus unattended.
If you’re interested, listen to the story (link to follow) and write a comment with what you think!
Here is a link to the radio coverage on the subject : http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=329884145&m=329884146&live=1
Sometimes in our daily lives we come across a cool idea or invention. I found something awesome today, about a University of Colorado Boulder team working with Assistant Professor Tom Yeh. They have taken 3D printing technology, which allows thin layers of plastic to print on top of each other to create a tactile raised shape, and are working with it to modify children’s books to make the visual components of the books accessible to all. They have created the first 3D version of Goodnight Moon!
Here’s a quote from the article “The 3D technology already was there, we had techniques we developed for image processing, you put them together and you have the means to print out 3D images from children’s books,” said Yeh.
What do you think about this idea? Do you have any other ideas about what we can use 3D printing for?
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We here at the CTBL were wondering about what your favorite inventions are.
To invent is defined as:
Creating or producing (something useful) for the first time
Do you have a favorite or most used invention? Any ideas how it could be improved upon so that it would be easier or more effective?
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