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Doctor turns to 3D printers in a race to save a toddler's mind | The Verge

Doctor turns to 3D printers in a race to save a toddler's mind | The Verge | Computing | Scoop.it

On a Tuesday last summer, Erin Mandeville was at a CVS buying medicine for her five-month-old baby, Gabriel. Close to 4PM, she noticed her infant’s eyes roll back in quick succession. It was the first of Gabriel’s many episodes of infantile spasms that would follow.


Spasms or epileptic seizures can be catastrophic for young children. Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital tried every route and medicine to help Gabriel as his seizures progressed aggressively....


A hemispherectomy is "one of the most challenging operations in pediatric epilepsy surgery," says Dr. Joseph Madsen, director of the epilepsy program at Boston Children’s. A dress rehearsal is beneficial even for the most highly experienced surgeons. "This is a printed version that the surgeon can hold, cut, manipulate, and look for things," he says, holding Gabriel’s printed brain in his hand. For surgeons-in-training, the simulation is a blessing. "No one wants to be the first person to get a hemispherectomy from a surgeon, ever," he adds.


The 3D print of Gabriel’s brain was developed by the Simulator Program at the hospital. The model is printed in soft plastic with a precision of 16 microns per layer; blood vessels are set in contrast color for easier navigation. Gabriel’s parents were privy to the process and anticipated complications. Gabriel’s subsequent surgery earlier this year took close to 10 hours, and went according to plan....


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Pauline Kershaw's insight:

Read this story and research other uses for 3D printers to evaluate whether they are really worth bothering with. Bring Ideas to your next computing class.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 3, 3:45 PM

Heartwarming story and tech innovation.

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Heartwarming story and tech innovation.

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NASA flying first zero-gravity 3D printer into space - CNET

NASA flying first zero-gravity 3D printer into space - CNET | Computing | Scoop.it
Printers in space! Astronauts on the space station may not have to wait for the next resupply mission if they can print out needed parts right onboard.

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Yet another use for 3D printers - add this to your research into the uses of 3D printers and are they worth it.

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, September 3, 11:02 PM

Astronauts may not have to wait for the next resupply mission if they can print out needed parts right onboard their space station.

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Expert international cybercrime taskforce is launched to tackle online crime | Europol

Expert international cybercrime taskforce is launched to tackle online crime | Europol | Computing | Scoop.it
1 September 2014

Today the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) is launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, the J-CAT, which is being piloted for six months, will coordinate international investigations with partners working side-by-side to take action against key cybercrime threats and top targets, such as underground forums and malware, including banking Trojans.  The J-CAT will be led by Andy Archibald, Deputy Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit from the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).


The J-CAT was initiated by Europol's EC3, the EU Cybercrime Taskforce, the FBI and the NCA, and the J-CAT comprises a team composed of Cyber Liaison Officers from committed and closely involved Member States, non-EU law enforcement partners and EC3. Key contributors to the intelligence pool will be the EU Member States via EC3, and other law enforcement cooperation partners. Thus far, Austria, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US are part of the J-CAT. Australia and Colombia have also committed to the initiative.


Learn more:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/twitter-chat-the-economic-impact-of-cybercrime/



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The Internet has introduced a whole new range of criminal activity and therefore the police are having to develop ways to combat this. Read this story to see how this is being done.

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Expert international cybercrime taskforce is launched to tackle online crime | Europol


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/twitter-chat-the-economic-impact-of-cybercrime/


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Doctor turns to 3D printers in a race to save a toddler's mind | The Verge

Doctor turns to 3D printers in a race to save a toddler's mind | The Verge | Computing | Scoop.it

On a Tuesday last summer, Erin Mandeville was at a CVS buying medicine for her five-month-old baby, Gabriel. Close to 4PM, she noticed her infant’s eyes roll back in quick succession. It was the first of Gabriel’s many episodes of infantile spasms that would follow.


Spasms or epileptic seizures can be catastrophic for young children. Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital tried every route and medicine to help Gabriel as his seizures progressed aggressively....


A hemispherectomy is "one of the most challenging operations in pediatric epilepsy surgery," says Dr. Joseph Madsen, director of the epilepsy program at Boston Children’s. A dress rehearsal is beneficial even for the most highly experienced surgeons. "This is a printed version that the surgeon can hold, cut, manipulate, and look for things," he says, holding Gabriel’s printed brain in his hand. For surgeons-in-training, the simulation is a blessing. "No one wants to be the first person to get a hemispherectomy from a surgeon, ever," he adds.


The 3D print of Gabriel’s brain was developed by the Simulator Program at the hospital. The model is printed in soft plastic with a precision of 16 microns per layer; blood vessels are set in contrast color for easier navigation. Gabriel’s parents were privy to the process and anticipated complications. Gabriel’s subsequent surgery earlier this year took close to 10 hours, and went according to plan....


Via Jeff Domansky
Pauline Kershaw's insight:

Read this story and research other uses for 3D printers to evaluate whether they are really worth bothering with. Bring Ideas to your next computing class.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 3, 3:45 PM

Heartwarming story and tech innovation.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 3, 3:46 PM

Heartwarming story and tech innovation.

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Five-year-olds to be taught computer programming and foreign languages

Five-year-olds to be taught computer programming and foreign languages | Computing | Scoop.it
Children aged just five to seven will be required to create and debug simple computer programs in the first two years of school, as part of lessons designed to stop English pupils falling behind their peers in other countries.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/



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Read this story. Do you wish you had been taught programming in school ? Do you think this is a good thing? Will this make GCSE and A level Computing harder in the future? Will this mean that there needs to be more computing teachers  Bring your thoughts to your next computing class.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 3, 1:50 AM
Children aged just five to seven will be required to create and debug simple computer programs in the first two years of school, as part of lessons designed to stop English pupils falling behind their peers in other countries.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


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Snapchat Journalism | Medium

Snapchat Journalism | Medium | Computing | Scoop.it

All too often, we learn of revolutions in police states of third world countries from citizens on social media. This week, the stories and images online looked like a world away but unfortunately it was close to home. The stories of Ferguson, MO became national stories as they were shared by media and citizens on social media.


As the evolution of journalism continues on social media, storytelling through real-time mobile video is the latest shift. On Thursday, filmmakerCasey Neistat traveled to Ferguson with Vice News to cover the story for 24 hours. If you are not familiar with Casey’s work, check out his acclaimedYouTube channel to view.


In recent months, he began using Snapchat to share video stories and later posts to his Snapchat Stories YouTube channel. Instead of putting words in his mouth, I’ll let him explain...


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Read this story and reflect how social media developments have changed different aspects of life and helped in particular jobs.  Maybe investigate the jobs within social media development as a possible career.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 3, 11:04 AM

Here's a very interesting look at Snapchat as a journalism tool used by Casey Neistat in covering the Ferguson story. It's not polished but it has impact and like other good citizen journalism is a good complement to mainstream reporting.