A Valuable Reputation
"[Scientist Tyrone] Hayes has devoted the past fifteen years to studying atrazine, a widely used herbicide made by Syngenta. The company’s notes reveal that it struggled to make sense of him, and plotted ways to discredit him."
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Mason Wilde has always had a passion for figuring out how things work. But what the 16-year-old Louisburg High School junior made about two months ago changed the life of a family friend’s 9-year-old son who was born without fingers on one hand. Using a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library, Wilde made a prosthetic hand that opens and closes and can even hold a pencil. “He’s awesome,” said Matthew, thrusting his mechanical hand high above his head.
This is what happens when smart, motivated people have access to community resources. This is what happens in a library.
"Blind Velvet Worm" (Tasmanipatus anophthalmus)
…a species of velvet worm (Phylum: Onychophora) that is endemic to north-eastern Tasmania. True to its common name T. anophthalmus lacks eyes and is completely blind. Like other velvet worms the blind velvet worm is terrestrial and typically inhabits dry eucalyptus forests. Also like other velvet worms it is nocturnal and a predator, feeding on small invertebrates, which are caught via the ejection of sticky fluid from appendages on its head.
Currently Tasmanipatus anophthalmus is listed as Endangered.
Image: Robert Mesibov