Makers Meet Medicine at Local Children's Hospital

July 24, 2016 | via ProgressTH Last week, we organized together with QSNICH (Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health), a presentation and workshop showcasing the now nearly year-long collaboration between several nurses and our Bangkok-based makerspace, ProgressTH.

A year ago, nurses from QSNICH, a national children's hospital, approached us to see if 3D printing could be used to develop healthcare solutions throughout their hospital.

Nurses, it turns out, are also skilled part-time makers, often improvising on the spot with materials on hand to solve problems as they present themselves. However, with 3D printing, it is possible to solve these problems in a more permanent and precise manner, and then replicate these solutions accurately to be used on a larger scale. 

So we began taking the concepts nurses presented to us, including a bubble-level used to calibrate bed height in the ICU, a needle disposal system, a child-friendly dermatology tool, and a blood clotting device, and began 3D printing prototypes for testing throughout the hospital.

We went through several iterations with the nurses over several months, who would provide us feedback throughout each step of the process so we could develop better solutions.

Everyone Has a Role in Space Exploration

July 9, 2016 | BIT Magazine While only a handful of people on Earth have an opportunity (for now) to travel to Earth orbit, their ability to do so depends on thousands of technicians, scientists, administrators, and experts on the ground. National and international space programs, in turn, depend on large networks of advocates to secure funding and support for humanity's continued expansion into space.

And even if you do not have an "official" role amid all of this, one cannot underestimate the value of everyday advocates who seek to inform, educate, and inspire their friends and family, and other like-minded individuals about the importance and advantages of space exploration and colonization.

This can be everything from just having a conversation or watching a launch online together, to people who are artistically inclined writing inspirational stories or composing inspirational artwork. Every little bit plays a role in stirring us and motivating humanity to move forward.

For those that don't know, TMRO is an Internet-based space news and advocacy community with regular show hosts and podcasters, as well as a growing community of followers and contributors.

Check out their latest podcast about 3 of TMRO's regular contributors' stories about how they became interested and involved in space, and their advice for others on how they can get involved too.

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