Mention the word superhero, and the images that come to mind are of fictional characters like Spiderman, Wonder Woman, or Batman. However, veteran photographer Josh Rossi has used his camera to unveil the world’s real superheroes – six young children who are battling severe diseases and disabilities.
The chain of events leading to the creative and heartwarming project began in 2016, when Rossi fulfilled his then three-year-old daughter’s dream of becoming Wonder Woman. Thanks to the $1,500-worth of handmade costume and props, as well as Rossi’s epic Photoshop skills, the photoshoot instantly became a viral sensation.
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Sea spiders, which have inhabited Earth for over 500 million years, are fascinating creatures. The marine arthropods, which range in size from a millimeter long to as big as a dinner plate, have eight jointed legs that convene around a tiny body. Since their torsos are so small, sea spiders use their legs to conduct normal body functions such as digestion and reproduction. Now, it seems the creatures also have a unique breathing mechanism.
The latest discovery was made by a team led by University of Montana Associate Professor Arthur Woods. The researchers were curious to see how the spiders’ weak, tiny hearts managed to pump blood and oxygen from the central part of their bodies to the tips of their long, thin legs especially, in the larger Antarctic species.
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By Shariqua Ahmed
Innovations like 3-D printing have enabled scientists to make significant progress in manufacturing various bioengineered organs and tissues. However, the one organ that has been hard to replicate is the human heart. That’s because current technology is unable to create the network of tiny blood vessels that transport oxygen inside a tissue as dense as the human heart muscle.
Glen Claudette, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, was pondering over this issue with graduate student Joshua Gershlak when they came up with a brilliant idea. Instead of trying to re-create the tiny veins, why not take advantage of the similar network present in leaves to deliver water and nutrients to plant cells?
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