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  • 3-D printing extends hand to science

    By Jun 11, 2013

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    3-D printing extends hand to science

    The potential for 3-D printer technology to make lifelike organs for anatomy studies has been demonstrated with the creation of a polymer hand, complete with coloured tendons, muscles, arteries, nerves, skin and bone.Professor Paul McMenamin, director of the Centre for Human Anatomy Education at the Monash University School of Biomedical Sciences, created the 3-D hand with help from colleague Dr Colin McHenry and Michelle Quayle, a research assistant in Dr McHenry’s laboratory. They used CT scans from a dissected cadaver to give a 3-D printer the data it needed to build the model in successive layers of polymer powder, precisely fused into position by a laser. Bones have previously been printed in 3-D, but the team took the idea considerably further by including all the elements, from tendons to tissue.Such models cannot entirely replace real specimens, but they go a long way towards counteracting the difficulties involved in using cadavers. They are likely to be especially welcome in hospitals and universities in remote areas or developing countries. And if a hand can be produced, so can other parts.

  • More snout, less clout

    By Jun 11, 2013

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    More snout, less clout

    The longer the snout on a crocodile, the less likely it is to be to tucking into a large lunch. Although long-nosed crocodiles, such as Australia’s freshwater crocodiles, are well known to favour fish or small prey, leaving bigger victims to short-snouted cousins such as the menacing saltwater crocodile, it has not been clear why. Researchers at Monash University’s School of Biomedical Sciences used computer technology to subject the jaws of seven crocodile species to the biting, shaking and twisting loads involved in consuming large prey. The researchers, led by Dr Colin McHenry and PhD student Chris Walmsley, generated 3-D images that showed the lower jaws of short-snouted crocodiles were less likely to break under large loads than long, narrow jaws.Dr McHenry said a jaw’s strength could accurately be predicted by measuring the length of the region where the two halves of the jaw join, called the mandibular symphysis. In killer whales, alligators and saltwater crocodiles – all keen on large prey – the symphysis is a small proportion of the jaw length

  • More snout, less clout

    By Jun 11, 2013

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    More snout, less clout

    The longer the snout on a crocodile, the less likely it is to be to tucking into a large lunch. Although long-nosed crocodiles, such as Australia’s freshwater crocodiles, are well known to favour fish or small prey, leaving bigger victims to short-snouted cousins such as the menacing saltwater crocodile, it has not been clear why. Researchers at Monash University’s School of Biomedical Sciences used computer technology to subject the jaws of seven crocodile species to the biting, shaking and twisting loads involved in consuming large prey. The researchers, led by Dr Colin McHenry and PhD student Chris Walmsley, generated 3-D images that showed the lower jaws of short-snouted crocodiles were less likely to break under large loads than long, narrow jaws.Dr McHenry said a jaw’s strength could accurately be predicted by measuring the length of the region where the two halves of the jaw join, called the mandibular symphysis. In killer whales, alligators and saltwater crocodiles – all keen on large prey – the symphysis is a small proportion of the jaw length

  • Leading the way, sustainably

    By Jun 11, 2013

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    Leading the way, sustainably

    Monash University has confirmed its position as a sustainability global leader, with the United Nations appointing Monash to head a Sustainable Development Solutions Network hub in Australia and the Asian region. It is only the second university to take up such a position. With the aim of ending extreme poverty, increasing social inclusion and sustaining the planet, the role involves mobilising research centres, industry and community organisations to develop practical approaches. The Monash program is supported in Australia by the Harold Mitchell Foundation, the National Australia Bank and the Australian Government.

  • Leading the way, sustainably

    By Jun 11, 2013

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    Leading the way, sustainably

    Monash University has confirmed its position as a sustainability global leader, with the United Nations appointing Monash to head a Sustainable Development Solutions Network hub in Australia and the Asian region. It is only the second university to take up such a position. With the aim of ending extreme poverty, increasing social inclusion and sustaining the planet, the role involves mobilising research centres, industry and community organisations to develop practical approaches. The Monash program is supported in Australia by the Harold Mitchell Foundation, the National Australia Bank and the Australian Government. Monash Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ed Byrne says the appointment is a tribute to the work done at the Monash Sustainability Institute.TAGS

  • A century of memories

    By Jun 11, 2013

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    A century of memories

    History-changing wartime events, from the Battle of Gettysburg to the D-Day landings and the Fall of Saigon, generate memories not only in those on the frontline, but also in the communities from which they came. For Australians, World War I and the Gallipoli campaign in particular are powerful influences on the understanding of our history and our national identity. As the centenary of World War I approaches, Monash University has launched a project designed to capture and preserve memories of those years.Professor Bruce Scates, from Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies, is leading the project. It will gather 100 stories – one for each year since the war began in 1914 – from Australian communities large and small

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