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  1. Little Girl’s Amazing 3D-Printed Arm Only Cost $50

    Now it won't cost you an arm and a leg for an arm or a leg.

    When Faith Lennox was born, she had no circulation in her left forearm and doctors were forced to amputate just below the elbow when she was only nine months old. Kids like Faith outgrow prosthetic limbs quickly and they're very expensive - but now 3D printing has changed all of that.

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  2. 8th Graders Craft Frozen-Inspired Prosthetic Hand for Little Girl

    You gotta hand it to them.

    Ariah is a 6-year-old who was born without most of her right hand. When the robotics program in Deer Creek Intermediate School in St. Francis, Wisconsin learned about this, they decided that they would do something to help her out.

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  3. Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man Gives a Boy a Prosthetic Iron Man Arm; They’re Dapper as Heck Together

    Minus the repulsor.

    Bowties are cool. Microsoft's Collective Project is another 3D printed prosthetic project that helps make prosthetic limbs more financially practical and infinitely cooler like others we've covered in the past. You can read more about it on Microsoft's blog.

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  4. BFD Alert: Quadriplegic Woman Flies an F-35 Flight Simulator Using Only Her Mind

    Man, 2015 sure is a bust! Where are our flying cars and instant pizzas and self-effacing robotic butlers, right? WRONG! The future is here and it's ridiculously awesome (albeit more than a little disconcerting).

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Vintage Sigourney Weaver Testing Her Alien Flamethrower

    Come on, cat. Let's f*** shit up.

    LIFE GOALS.

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  6. Seven-Year-Old Gets a 3D Printed Prosthetic Stormtrooper Arm From the 501st Legion and e-NABLE

    *Sniff* What? There's just something in my eye, OK?

    Prosthetic limbs are usually too expensive to be practical for most children (one in 1,500) born with partially formed arms. 3D printing has the capacity to not only lower the cost significantly and put prosthetics in reach for people in need, but also raise kids' spirits with some really personalized designs like this stormtrooper arm from the 501st legion.

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  7. Today In Adorable: Here’s a 3D-Printed Iron Man Prosthetic For Underprivileged Children

    Jarvis, reroute all power to the FEELINGS.

    One of the awesome things about 3D printing is that it makes manufacturing prosthetics much, much simpler to do. If you have the right design, all you need is the money for raw materials and access to a printer. The only problem is that 3D designed arms don't exactly come out looking particularly unobtrusive or real like the expensive models can—but who needs reality when you can be Iron Man?

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Synthetic Leather Star-Lord Jackets For All!

    Finally, I can look like an A-hole!

    This is not a drill: New American Jackets make synthetic leather Peter Quill coats designed to fit Star-Lords of all genders.

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  9. Arizona Man 3D-Printed a New Prosthetic Hand for Under $100, See It in Action

    Cool, but how much for a Mega Man Buster Gun?

    Earlier this year we covered "The Cyborg Beast," an open-source 3D-printable prosthetic hand that costs about $50. It looks like an Arizona man has taken the design (or something similar) and adapted it for his friend who lost three fingers in an accident.

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  10. An Amputee Turtle Was Given New Life With The Addition Of Jet Wings From An F-22

    If the Strike Witches had a pet turtle, it would be this guy.

    Usually if you’re a turtle and you lose a vitally-important flipper, it’s all downhill from there. Lucky for Hofesh, a sea turtle amputee, the kind folks at Isreal’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center have developed a solution for special-needs turtles – one they developed from a fighter jet. Hofesh was tragically caught in a fishing net […]

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  11. You Can Print a Prosthetic Hand for $50 That’s Better Than One That Costs $42,000

    For when you want to feel less like A MONSTEEEEEER!

    Being born without a left hand really sucks. Jose Delgado Jr, however, is pretty used to it at this stage in his life, and has decent enough insurance that he didn't need to pay the full $42,000 sticker price for his prosthetic device. But as it turns out, he actually prefers a much cheaper prosthesis that you can make yourself with very minimal effort.

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  12. Highlights from Yesterday’s Reddit AMA of The Woman With The Bionic Arm

    Science is the actual coolest, can we all agree on that?

    Angel is a 24 year old woman who was born without a left arm and who now owns a series of real badass prosthetics. After a picture of her carrying a bow and arrow with her bionic arm started making the rounds on Tumblr, she offered to tell us all more about how far medical technology has come in her experience.

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  13. Buttercup, the Duck With a 3D-Printed Foot, Can Walk Normally For the First Time Ever

    No, I'm not crying, I've just got something in my eye...OK, fine, I'm crying a little.

    Buttercup the duck was born with a deformed foot that he hobbled around on for most of his ducky life, causing him a lot of pain and setting up the possibility of serious infections down the line. This is basically the saddest thing ever, so the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in Tennessee decided to team up with NovaCopy Inc. to provide him with a new 3D-printed prosthetic foot. Buttercup's foot has been in the works for some time and gotten a lot of attention from the media, but it wasn't until last night that the completed foot was finally fitted onto his leg and he was able to work normally for the first time. Even better, there's video of his very first steps and yes, it's as adorable as it sounds.

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  14. OK, But Why? Phantom Limb Sensation Induced in People With All Their Limbs [Video]

    Today in Scientific Studies Sure To Make You Go 'Huh' we bring you the latest news from researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, who have succeeded in inducing phantom limb sensations that can make people feel like they have a third arm. After just a few minutes being exposed to an illusion -- having their own arm, which they can't see be stroked with a paintbrush while the air in front of them is stroked similarly -- participants in the experiment were so invested in their new limb that their stress levels jumped when the fake hand was threatened with a very real knife. Which is just silly -- everyone knows you can't stab a phantom hand with a regular knife. You need a +1 or better weapon for that!

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  15. 3D Printing and Bioengineering Work Together to Print a Working Human Ear

    3D printing has brought us all sorts of neat household gadgets and delightful statuettes and toys, but the real advances made possible by the technology might not be in the home, but in the lab. Take, for example, this replacement human ear, engineered from rat tail cells and cow cartilage and given shape in a 3D printed mold of a patient's own ear.

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  16. Rocket-Powered Prosthetics Will Allow Us to Compete With Our Robot Masters

    The world of prosthetics is reaching critical turning point. Though the goal in the field has always been to replicate and replace human limbs as accurately as possible, we're now able to see a future where mechanical enhancements may make people stronger and faster than when they were whole. There's no reason why prosthetic-wearers shouldn't be allowed to live as discrete super-human cyborgs, though. Researchers at the University of Alabama are trying to make their new rocket-powered ankle more discrete than those controversial prosthetic blades from a few years back.

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  17. Man With Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg Climbs All 103 Floors of Willis Tower

    As they currently exist, prosthetic limbs are a pain to use. The majority of prosthetic legs supposedly aren't much better than a wooden one, and using them has been compared to dragging along an unresponsive numbness. That might all be set to change here shortly, though, thanks to mind-controlled prosthetic limbs. Zac Vawter, a man that lost his leg due to a motorcycle accident, made history yesterday when he successfully climbed all 103 floors of Chicago's Willis Tower with the help of his mind-controlled bionic leg.

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  18. 2,700 Year Old Egyptian Mummy’s Fake Toe Is World’s First Prosthetic Device, Works Surprisingly Well

    Researchers at the University of Manchester have proven that a pair of false toes found in Egyptian archaeological sites weren't just for looks. Modern tests on replicas of the ancient replacement digits show that they really do help people walk, confirming their status as the world's first prosthetic devices and pushing back the timeline on mankind's development of convenient spare body parts -- because hey, sometimes you're gonna lose a toe -- as much as half a century.

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  19. Neural Implants Could Repair Brain Damage, Improve Decision Making Skills, Prevent Huge Mistakes

    The next time you make a mistake, just remember that you're not alone. Everybody makes huge mistakes that irrevocably change their lives from which they never truly recover. It just, happens, y'know? Maybe not for much longer, though. Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are hard at work developing a neural implant that shows promise in repairing the decision making abilities of primates who have suffered brain damage. If the research pays off, it could develop into a similar implant in humans with the potential to not only repair damage to the brain's decision making center, but improve decision making in general.

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  20. This is a Horrifyingly Life-Like Robotic Arm Made From LEGOs

    Proving that if it cane be done, it can be done with LEGOs, YouTube user sumthinelse5790 presents this amazing robotic arm made entirely from LEGO pieces. Though its strength is limited, it has a full range of motion designed to mimic that of a human being. This emphasis on lifelike motion is important, as its creator designed it as a prosthetic arm -- assuredly as an experiment than an exercise in practicality. Though impressive in its own right, the complexity of the LEGO robotic arm is a gentle reminder of how amazing the human body really is. See the video, after the break.

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