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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2016 by WLRH News

A freshman at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has already directly contributed to the advancement of technology in space. While still in high school in Enterprise, Alabama, Robert Hillan designed a tool for a very unusual competition. The winning design was to be created with a '3-D printer,' on-board the International Space Station. The engineering major recently spoke with WLRH host Shane Scott, and you can stream or download their conversation here.

When he first learned of the opportunity, Hillan said, he thought it might be a scam. He remembers the online ad said something like "get your design in space." Now, the object produced with his winning design orbits the planet with the ISS. Hillan is pursuing his undergraduate degree at UAH, with a double major in engineering.

  • Twin girls infected with Zika at nine weeks of gestation. Both were born with extremely small heads, shrunken spinal cords and extra folds of skin around the skull. Scientists think this extra skin forms when the skull collapses onto itself after the brain —€” but not the skull —€” stops growing in the uterus. The images of the girls' heads were constructed on the computer using CT scans.

    Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2016 by NPR News

    Babies born with small heads are "just the tip of the iceberg" of what Zika does to a fetus's brain, says Dr. Deborah Levine, a contributor to a new study.

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