Weekly News Roundup 22/6/2015

iBabies, Titanium Jaws and the National Library has obsolete computer gear.

Lifehacker UK, says that according to researchers at the University of London, giving a newborn an iPad is more beneficial than a book and flies in the face of conventional thought that keeping kids away from tech for as long as possible is better for development.
You would think that this study would have been backed by Apple or some other tech giant but Annette Karmiloff-Smith leading the research says that iPads and similar devices give children stimulation to many more of their senses than a book is capable of.
What do you think? Are you comfortable with letting infants come to grips with electronics before learning about the Very Hungry Caterpillar?

3D Printing help restructure Melbourne Man’s jaw and a new industry heralded for Australia.
32 year old Psychologist Richard Stratton had some of his jaw missing suspected to have been caused by an impact to the area as a child and as a result the jaw never completely grew and some of the joint to the skull.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr George Dimitroulis designed and tested the prosthesis that would help to reconstruct Mr Stratton’s jaw on 23rd May this year. The design was developed from 3D scans of Mr Stratton’s skull and the digital prosthetics designed were printed in titanium, a very popular material for repairing skeletal structures.
Using titanium is nothing new but the concept of having made to order parts printed to suit each individual case at a competitive price is a big deal and has now allowed Australia to compete in the reconstructive medical field alongside other nations with lower labour costs.
The process also known as additive manufacture constructs objects by laying down thin layers of powdered titanium which is then fused at high temperatures to form the solid metal over time. This allows very exacting control over the shape both externally and internally potentially having fine control over strength and weight as well as fitting perfectly with other parts of the body.
Now not only does Richard Stratton have a good looking future but Australian medicine has a future in looking good.
For more on this story, go to the ABC’s full report here.

Australian National Library is running old computer systems.
But it is not to run the library. It is to allow archivists access to outdated files that are no longer compatible with modern computer systems.
From vintage disk readers to fully working systems including Commodore 64 computers and some now unheard of programs including Wordstar and Claris (which was used to read the first fleet database).
Also using techniques supporting modern systems, virtualisation or emulation is allowing staff to fool the old software into thinking that it is running on old systems and giving them access to the data locked away inside the old files and then convert the information to a system that can be accessed with modern equipment.
The ANL’s digital archives actually survive on donations of old equipment, ebay and sometimes lucky finds at tips where in one case Lotus Ami Pro that was purchased at a tip and on opening of the box, the original disks were inside still shrink-wrapped.
Even though the collection is extensive there are still some missing pieces including Adobe Acrobat 2 which the ANL would love to have to help complete the library of hardware and software that is reviving tech from the 80s.
Original story from the ABC.