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Tsaparis Tscience - Printed Body Parts, Dinosaurs, and CGI Faces

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Sep 10, 2014
and last updated 2015-02-04 12:06:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - This morning on Tsaparis Tscience, Max is bringing us a wide array of science stories!

A 12 year old boy in China had a malignant tumor on his upper spine forcing doctors to remove one of his vertebrae. Rather than opting for a traditional implant, which relies on many moving parts like screws and cement, doctors 3D printed part of the vertebrae out of powdered titanium, which has virtually no chance of coming loose.

A new dinosaur was discovered in Argentina and it is estimated that the massive plant-eater roamed the earth about 77 million years ago. The paleontologist that found the bones, Ken Lacovara, named it "Dreadnoughtus Shrani". He said he wanted the name to sound intimidating. Since the name actually translates to "fear nothing", we think he accomplished his goal.

A projection mapping system developed by Japanese designers allows simulations to be shown on a model's face.It's similar to CGI technology in films that maps the movements of actors. In the video, whenever the model moves her face the simulation follows along with her.

You can hear more about all of these by clicking on the video to the left.

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