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Add Tactile Picture Books to the list of cool things 3-D printers can do. We’ve all experienced picture books with textured patches for itty bitty kiddie hands to graze over while they glance at the pictures and listen to the story. But not everyone has been able to have the same experiences. Until now, visually impaired children were left out of the picture part of picture books.
Thanks to the emerging technology of 3-D printing, classic storybooks like Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Goodnight Moon have become more accessible. The 2-D pictures in those storybooks have been run through a 3-D printer, resulting in the sculpted scenes pictured above.
Now that the 3-D printed images sit alongside the braille words, visually impaired readers can engage in picture book reading in a whole new way. The future of this technology hopes to put the power in the hands of the parent who would be able to snap a photo of a 2-D page, send it to a printer, and produce their own Tactile Picture Book for their own kids.
1: Approximately 3.17 sharks are killed by humans every second while only less than 6 humans are killed by sharks every year.
2: Sharks are relatively high in the food chain and keep populations of prey in check.
3: Sharks have roamed the ocean for almost 400 million years, even before the dinosaurs.
4: Your chances of encountering a Shark is very rare. You are more likely to get struck with lightning than to encounter a Shark.
5: Sharks are a slow growing species that don’t breed often. They are vulnerable to extinction.
Sharks have a bad rep above the ocean. Their creepy grins, appetite for meat and sharp teeth make it hard to appreciate them. While it may seem like they are out to get us, sharks are a magnificent species that need to be protected.
Working at the New York Hall of Science has transformed Yessenia from a shy individual to a rock star explainer! She now hopes to study biology and pursue her dream of entering the medical field. Take a look!
Meet Justine Wu! Working at NYSCI has taught her the importance of communication and helped her to overcome her stage fright. She now has the necessary skills to pursue her dream of becoming an anesthesiologist!
All around the world, oceans glow and trees sparkle because of Bioluminescence, the production of light by living organisms.
Bioluminescent creatures have a chemical reaction in their body that creates light. The chemical Luciferin (a substrate) reacts with Luciferase (an enzyme) to create a by-product called Oxyluciferin. or as we see it; Light.
In this gif, Aequorea victoria/Crystal Jellies thrive in deep sea.