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Injured Bald Eagle Gets New 3-D Printed Beak

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the terrorist-your-game-is-through dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "A bald eagle that lost its beak to a poacher's gun receives a 3-D printed beak prosthetic like a dental implant." More (with pictures): "Mr Calvin, a founder of the Boise-based Kinetic Engineering Group, made a mold of Beauty's shattered upper mandible, laser-scanned it, fine-tuned it in a 3D modeling program, and created a prosthetic beak from a nylon-based polymer."

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Will it survive UV breakdown? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312279)

Will leach chemicals into the eagle that will cause health problems? Will it give fish a bad taste?

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (5, Funny)

Megane (129182) | about 2 years ago | (#41312451)

I think not being able to eat is a bigger health problem than some hypothetical chemicals. In any case, fish will probably taste better than hand-feeding it with the flesh of Anonymous Cowards.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312477)

Knowing slasdot since 1999, inquisitive posts always get modded down if it has a name attached to it...

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (-1, Troll)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#41313465)

Asking stupid questions != inquisitive.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (4, Insightful)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | about 2 years ago | (#41313487)

Inquisitive means "inclined to ask questions", not "inclined to ask intelligent questions."

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 2 years ago | (#41313747)

"There's no such thing as a stupid question, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots."

That said, I approve of potentially making a fool of oneself in an effort to cease being one.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (2)

Tarlus (1000874) | about 2 years ago | (#41312967)

In any case, fish will probably taste better than hand-feeding it with the flesh of Anonymous Cowards.

But far less satisfying...

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (2)

dintech (998802) | about 2 years ago | (#41317121)

Did you watch the video embedded in the story? It's unbelievable how all the science was stripped out and replaced with awful bullshit attempts at heightening the emotional content of the story, to the point of hilarity. Shame on you, shitty news producers.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313555)

... the fat of Anonymous Cowards.

There, fixed that for ya.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (1)

Troyusrex (2446430) | about 2 years ago | (#41312471)

Are you implying that having no beak ISN'T a health problem? Sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two evils.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313225)

I have no beak and I am just fine!

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313583)

Lets remove your lower mandible and see how you are able to make do.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#41313607)

You have teeth, lips, and hands. Birds don't.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 2 years ago | (#41313769)

Aw, what a brave little soldier. But look, you don't have to suffer anymore. We've already demonstrated the capability. I'm going to start a collection and by God we're going to get you a beak!

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | about 2 years ago | (#41312803)

1 Most likely they used a plastic that will not degrade in UV (at least in the eagles lifetime)

2 I would think no

3 no more than any of the other 30,000 things in the environment will/ it might even IMPROVE the taste of the fish

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312863)

Will leach chemicals into the eagle that will cause health problems? Will it give fish a bad taste?

We could let the eagle starve to death because it can't eat....

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (2)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about 2 years ago | (#41313535)

Since this is slashdot and that means nobody reads the fucking articles, I'll answer it for you. They used a nylon based polymer. We use nylon polymers for clothing, wrapping meats, and sausage sheaths.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nylon
Chinese manufactured nylon often contains DDM, which is dangerous if directly ingested. The articles don't detail the specific makeup of the polymers used, so even if they happened to not research this particular issue I'm sure as others have responded that the risk of starving to death would be deemed greater than the risk of the bird getting a tumor because of this.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (2)

Talderas (1212466) | about 2 years ago | (#41313927)

I thought we use latex to wrap meat.

Oh sorry. Wrong kind of meat.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41314097)

Why is your helpful and insightful comment only rated at +1? Where are my mod points when I need them, arrgh.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | about 2 years ago | (#41317651)

I'm curious as to the durability of the nylon beak compared with a natural beak. Now I doubt this bird will ever be released back into the wild (TFA seemed to indicate she's been in captivity for at least four years), so replacing the prosthetic isn't really an issue. Still, makes me curious how quickly it would wear out.

Re:Will it survive UV breakdown? (1)

Third Position (1725934) | about 2 years ago | (#41317247)

I doubt it. From what I can gather from the story the same material and glue that are used for dental work were used. I'm not getting any odd tastes from my crowns.

Too realistic (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312313)

They really had an opportunity here. What would be cooler than a bald eagle with a shiny carbon-fiber-and-titanium beak? Maybe make him some razor sharp metal talons too. That would give the poachers pause!

Re:Too realistic (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312331)

Just think of the bond villain possibilities!!

Re:Too realistic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41316261)

Simpsons... err, Darkwing Duck already did it. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Too realistic (1)

GeekWithAKnife (2717871) | about 2 years ago | (#41312563)

They really had an opportunity here. What would be cooler than a bald eagle with a shiny carbon-fiber-and-titanium beak? Maybe make him some razor sharp metal talons too. That would give the poachers pause!

This one was never to be one of metal-beak's tytos. His gizzard is better than that!

Lasers? (1)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | about 2 years ago | (#41312697)

They should have added lasers.

Re:Too realistic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313087)

Carbotanium beak and matching talons! We also need to toss a mini-cam and GPS locator on it before sending it into the wild! If we can't watching it tear apart poachers, I'm sure the BBC would pay good money to have access to the video so David Attenborough could narrate its actions.

Re:Too realistic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313303)

Eagles with carbon-fiber-and-titanium beaks? Hmm, I wonder if they could defeat sharks with freakin' laser beams...

Re:Too realistic (0)

argStyopa (232550) | about 2 years ago | (#41313377)

And North Korea, Iran, and Muslims in general!

I'm thinking we should update our 'national bird' to something more Terminator-like anyway.

Re:Too realistic (2)

Talderas (1212466) | about 2 years ago | (#41313939)

I'm thinking we should update our 'national bird' to something more Terminator-like anyway.

It'll be beak?

Re:Too realistic (1)

Black LED (1957016) | about 2 years ago | (#41314329)

Tally Hawk? [youtube.com]

Nice article until the last paragraph (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312335)

They had to go ruin it with some PC bs.

Re:Nice article until the last paragraph (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41315093)

They had to go ruin it with some PC bs.

Indeed. I expected that crap to be right up front and was pleasantly surprised when I didn't find it.... until the and-we-leave-you with-this-thought at the end.

Just when I thought (0)

EthanV2 (1211444) | about 2 years ago | (#41312337)

That 3D printing couldnt get any more awesome, something like this comes out of nowhere an proves that, yes, it can! What implications does this hold for humans?aube we could get 3D printe false teeth with A faster turn-around than current moulding techniques.

Re:Just when I thought (2)

DrData99 (916924) | about 2 years ago | (#41312387)

State of the art dentistry uses CAD/CAM. 3D imaging creates base model which is tweaked by dental technician then created in an automatic milling machine. Takes about 45 minutes and eliminates a second visit (think one round of anesthesia).

Not sure that 3D printing could make anything nearly as strong as necessary for a tooth.

Re:Just when I thought (1)

michael_cain (66650) | about 2 years ago | (#41315183)

You do raise the (to me) interesting question of whether or not this could have been made on a multi-axis CNC milling machine. I'm not sure how much of the interior of an object contemporary machines can remove through openings from the outside.

Additive processes can work stainless steel and titanium with relatively little loss in overall strength compared to castings, so there's little question that 3D printing can make teeth or a beak that are strong enough. Metal-based printing is, as I understand it, much more expensive to do than polymer printing.

Re:Just when I thought (4, Informative)

WhiteDragon (4556) | about 2 years ago | (#41312489)

That 3D printing couldnt get any more awesome, something like this comes out of nowhere an proves that, yes, it can!

What implications does this hold for humans?aube we could get 3D printe false teeth with A faster turn-around than current moulding techniques.

I actually have such a tooth. I went into the dentist's office. He scanned my mouth with a 3d scanner, then used software to model the missing tooth. Then, the software sent the output to a milling machine, with a ceramic-on-metal blank. Total time, less than an hour from scanning my mouth to implanted tooth. I already had an implant grafted to my jawbone, so this was just the crown, but still, I was very impressed.

Re:Just when I thought (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 years ago | (#41313317)

Total time, less than an hour from scanning my mouth to implanted tooth. I already had an implant grafted to my jawbone, so this was just the crown, but still, I was very impressed.

Wow, the crown I have got sent out to the lab and took a few weeks of having a temporary crown.

That's actually fairly impressive.

Re:Just when I thought (1)

jittles (1613415) | about 2 years ago | (#41313687)

Dentists have been offering this technology for a long time. It's basically a CNC machine to mold a tooth. The thing is that its insanely expensive. I had to get a crown and the mail-order crown was 1/3 of the cost of the "Crown while you wait"

Re:Just when I thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41314659)

It's not expensive. I've seen $800, same day dental implants advertised all over.

Re:Just when I thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313467)

You didn't mention anything about how long it did actually *survive* normal usage.

So I’m guessing: Another hour. ;)

Re:Just when I thought (1)

Bigby (659157) | about 2 years ago | (#41313717)

I can't wait for 3D printing to become highly regulated so that innovation stops dead in its tracks!

Re:Just when I thought (1)

91degrees (207121) | about 2 years ago | (#41313001)

This sort of thing already has medical applications [gizmag.com] . Hope the article is of interest.

Only beauty (1)

parkinglot777 (2563877) | about 2 years ago | (#41312399)

"I think I can help you with Beauty if you are interested." he said.

Unfortunately, the prosthesis is not anchored securely enough to return Beauty to the wild, but she now can feed herself and preen her feathers.

The new beak is not good enough for the eagle to be in the wild but beauty... At least it shows potential that there may be an improvement to match the original (nature) in the future. Either way, I hope that it will always be kept in good intention of use of 3D printer (such as this example in the article).

Re:Only beauty (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312487)

And since this story occurred in 2008, the bird has experienced some natural beak growth and the bionic beak has had to come off.

old news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312411)

really , really old news here.

Now... (3, Funny)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 years ago | (#41312427)

Now just to give it a 3d-printed gun, so it can go get revenge on the poacher who shot it.

Re:Now... (0)

avandesande (143899) | about 2 years ago | (#41312995)

I was going to suggest hunting it down with a 3d printed gun. Which is funnier?

Re:Now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313591)

Your parent is funnier. Yours is assholier.

Re:Now... (1)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 years ago | (#41313623)

I prefer the one that ends with an animal version of Batman.

Re:Now... (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 2 years ago | (#41314755)

animal version of Batman.

In order to strike fear into the hearts of animal criminals, I take the form of their worst nightmares. I am... Humanbird!

Re:Now... (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | about 2 years ago | (#41315083)

Guns are pretty tricky to print. It might be easier just to order a 3d-printed HDTV from Amazon.

animal prosthetics (5, Funny)

Guano_Jim (157555) | about 2 years ago | (#41312433)

I was recently asked by a client to 3D print some replacement parts for his pet duck.

But he balked when I gave him the bill.

Re:animal prosthetics (1)

WhiteDragon (4556) | about 2 years ago | (#41312535)

I was recently asked by a client to 3D print some replacement parts for his pet duck.

But he balked when I gave him the bill.

worst... pun... evar... :-)

Re:animal prosthetics (1)

viking099 (70446) | about 2 years ago | (#41312785)

What?? Are you kidding??

I'm quacking up over here!

Re:animal prosthetics (4, Funny)

skine (1524819) | about 2 years ago | (#41312845)

I was recently asked by a client to 3D print some replacement parts for his pet duck.

But he balked when I gave him the bill.

That joke is just foul.

*ducks*

Re:animal prosthetics (2)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 years ago | (#41312887)

*ducks*

... I see what you did there.

Re:animal prosthetics (2)

prehistoricman5 (1539099) | about 2 years ago | (#41313779)

Well you're quite the loon.

Re:animal prosthetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312905)

I was recently asked by a client to 3D print some replacement parts for his pet duck.

But he balked when I gave him the bill.

Come on.

Chicken. Squawked.

Re:animal prosthetics (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 2 years ago | (#41313537)

I was recently asked by a client to 3D print some replacement parts for his pet duck.

But he balked when I gave him the bill.

Come on.

Chicken. Squawked.

Chickens. Beaks.

Re:animal prosthetics (1)

sjames (1099) | about 2 years ago | (#41313009)

Well naturally! Everyone knows that when your duck gets a quack you use duck tape.

Re:animal prosthetics (2)

Tarlus (1000874) | about 2 years ago | (#41313055)

He probably accused you of being a quack.

So now our national mascot gets plastic surgery? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312447)

Why, eagles? Why???

Re:So now our national mascot gets plastic surgery (3, Insightful)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | about 2 years ago | (#41312993)

I know this is a random AC posting something meant to be humorous but I have to chime in: Plastic surgery was originally developed to repair damage by accident, injury or disease. Fixing an eagle's beak would actually be the exact purpose of plastic surgery as originally developed.

Re:So now our national mascot gets plastic surgery (2)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 2 years ago | (#41315679)

Plastic surgery was originally developed to repair damage by accident, injury or disease.

And still is, called restorative plastic surgery, as opposed to cosmetic which is the more common and commonly known type today.

In high school, I saw a slideshow presentation by a restorative plastic surgeon. It was like 80 slides of 3rd degree burns, skin grafts, feet caught in paper shredders, and on and on. One of the first slides was a little girl who'd been hit in the face by a tire kicked off by an accident on the other side of the road. You could see her teeth through her cheek.

Several students threw up.

I have no idea what they were thinking. Other than convincing the "pre-med" students to find another major when they went to college. But why did the rest of us have to watch?

Re:So now our national mascot gets plastic surgery (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 2 years ago | (#41315723)

* reconstrucive. Or maybe both. *shrug*

I didn't think this was new news (1)

weiserfireman (917228) | about 2 years ago | (#41312573)

I first heard about this in 2009, when I went to the Solidworks 2010 launch event in Boise.

Maybe because I am involved in the local Solidworks community, it is old news here. It was pretty fun event getting to meet the guys who did this, exam the various iterations of beaks

I am actually surprised it took this long to make it to main stream news.

What we need to do (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 2 years ago | (#41312599)

Is go on tor and use bitcoin to hire a hitman for the poacher.
All jokes aside, its pretty damn cool.

Re:What we need to do (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 2 years ago | (#41317755)

Who said it would be a joke. Ill kick in 20 bucks.

Disney and Cocteau are fighting now (1)

afeeney (719690) | about 2 years ago | (#41312723)

They both want to make the new film "Beauty and the Beak."

Re:Disney and Cocteau are fighting now (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about 2 years ago | (#41313533)

+1 for actually knowing who Cocteau is. Now you know there's at least one other person on /. who knew (and has seen the movie) without resorting to wikipedia or imdb .

Now -- does anyone else remember the double-features which changed daily at "Hark, Hark! The Clark!" theatre in Chicago?

3D printing the new bitcoin? (2)

SoupGuru (723634) | about 2 years ago | (#41312781)

I can't wait to read 5 new and exciting 3D printing stories each and every day!

Re:3D printing the new bitcoin? (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | about 2 years ago | (#41313083)

Screw that, I want to hear more about Apple and Samsung fighting like two kids in the back seat.

Re:3D printing the new bitcoin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313307)

If only you could 3D print bitcoins...

Re:3D printing the new bitcoin? (1)

Talderas (1212466) | about 2 years ago | (#41314079)

... which you could spend to get Apple and Samsung to fight....

Me too!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312805)

I want to have a specially fitted 3d printed beak too! Can you make that happen?

The prosthetic beak has been removed. (3, Informative)

Pedant (75947) | about 2 years ago | (#41312809)

FTFA:
"Beauty continues to thrive under our care without her upper beak. The new growth pushed out the hardware which anchored the prosthetic beak."

Well, good. 2D beaks never worked well. (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | about 2 years ago | (#41312875)

And those 1 D beaks? The chicks just don't dig them.

Ehhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312915)

Is it just me or did the writer of that article lump gay marriage in with terrorism?

Re:Ehhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41312971)

and guns and tears. PC bs. It would be more informative if they talked about tracking down the poachers and debeaking them.

Re:Ehhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313775)

It's just you, Captain Reading Comprehension. He wasn't suggesting the two were in any way related or equivalent.

RFTA before submitting... (2)

paintballer1087 (910920) | about 2 years ago | (#41312955)

I emailed Birds of Prey Northwest for an update on Beauty and received this reply yesterday from Ms Fink (Cantwell):

Beauty continues to thrive under our care without her upper beak. The new growth pushed out the hardware which anchored the prosthetic beak. Recently the small amount of new growth has allowed Beauty to do something she has not been able to do since her injury-eat independently. We have constructed a special feeding platform for her and she now feeds herself! We are looking to the future as we measure her minute growth and construct a new plan of attachment. Construction of the beak is the easy part, it is the attachment that is the challenge. Recently, her 2008 procedure videoed by a Seattle news team, was made available on Vimeo and we have had lots of inquiries. Some have suggested that Beauty has a much greater educational impact WITHOUT her beak. When the prosthetic was in place, her story is lost at first glance. Time will tell whether she goes through life with or without a beak. In the meantime, she will remain in north Idaho under my care where she is cherished and well cared for.

Old news, and completely out of date now. The 3D printed beak happened in 2008, and it will no longer work due to growth that pushed out the mounting brackets. Beauty does not have an upper beak now, though the growth is allowing her to eat without the prosthetic.

Very cool... But cruel. (0)

pla (258480) | about 2 years ago | (#41313005)

I consider this a very cool use of 3d printing... And love the idea that we can help an injured animal somewhat.

But bird beaks count as one of the structural marvels of the world - They weigh nothing, last a lifetime, and have incredible strength. A printed plastic beak, even ignoring issues like how it fits, will break and fall off within a few months, leaving the poor thing to starve to death.

So unfortunately, as well intentioned as it sounds, I have to consider this nothing short of cruel. Save the ones we really can, but when an eagle gets shot in the face - Put the damned thing out of its misery, don't use it as a science fair project!

Re:Very cool... But cruel. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#41313119)

Try reading the article.
The bird was never going back into the wild again. The 3d printed beak has come off due to natural growth of the beak and is no longer being used. The animal is not starving to death now that some beak has grown back.

How about the next time you are injured we put you out of your misery?

Re:Very cool... But cruel. (1)

pla (258480) | about 2 years ago | (#41313167)

Try reading the article.

What, and ruin a perfectly good Slashdot tradition? Meh.


How about the next time you are injured we put you out of your misery?

DNR / DNI, baby! Please do!

Cool and all, but when will it stop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313033)

These 3D printing stories are starting to remind me of the "Somebody installs Linux on an X" from the late 90s. There's no doubt that it's cool and all, but at some point it will stop being unusual and stop being newsworthy. I wonder when that point will be.

If Linux was any indication, it will probably be when somebody 3D prints a dead badger.

Re:Cool and all, but when will it stop? (1)

Dewin (989206) | about 2 years ago | (#41313521)

Clearly someone just needs to install FreeBSD on their 3D-printed toaster.

Re:Cool and all, but when will it stop? (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 2 years ago | (#41313559)

If Linux was any indication, it will probably be when somebody 3D prints a dead badger.

And then installs NetBSD on it.

Because as everyone knows, the GNU/Linux/Badger386 port has been unmaintained and stagnant since 1998.

This post is a lie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313097)

It's not a beak, they gave the eagle a 3D printed gun! Run for your lives!

Kill It (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313281)

They should have killed it.

Beaks are *not* just dead matter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313417)

Beaks have shitloads of nerve endings and sensors in them. You can't just "replace" them with some dead matter. The eagle won’t be able to feel anything with his beak. Also there will be phantom pain, which is even worse.

Yes, it's better than nothing.
But how about *not* shooting an innocent individual in the first place?
Or at least create something that allows the nerves and everything to grow back inside.

Re:Beaks are *not* just dead matter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313657)

This eagle can't be un-shot until the time machine has been 3D printed.

Re:Beaks are *not* just dead matter! (1)

jamesh (87723) | about 2 years ago | (#41319439)

But how about *not* shooting an innocent individual in the first place?
Or at least create something that allows the nerves and everything to grow back inside.

I'm sorry, but unshooting is not one of your available options, and at this point neither is something that allows nerves and everything to grow back inside (at least inside the timeframe required to get the bird up the in air again). Complaining about it doesn't change things.

The options are plastic beak or death.

Strength (1)

maroberts (15852) | about 2 years ago | (#41313629)

I seem to recall reading that printed components are only about 10-30% of the strength of components made by alternative techniques e,g, injection mo(u)lding.

Would it not have been a good idea to create a mo(u)ld around this component and then create a much stronger beak?

Guns are the ruination of America? (1)

OverkillTASF (670675) | about 2 years ago | (#41313651)

FTA: "...some kind of metaphor about America. Ruined by guns, kept alive by nonprofits, technology comes to the rescue? Sure, I think it works."

Riiiiiight. And you're THE editor of grist.org. Guns ruined America... You look at America, and chief amongst its problems are things that you think guns cause? Seriously? Well, welcome to my little corner of communist household!

>squid.conf
acl SmallMinded dstdomain .foxnews.com .grist.org
http_access deny SmallMinded

Injured bird or injured America? (1)

mitcheli (894743) | about 2 years ago | (#41313689)

I’ve seen so many bald eagles crying a single tear over terrorism or gay marriage or whatever that it’s really hard not to interpret this as some kind of metaphor about America. Ruined by guns, kept alive by nonprofits, technology comes to the rescue? Sure, I think it works.

Now if we can only get a 3d printed deficit reduction...

We can build him... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41313733)

We have the technology
to make him stronger...
faster...
better...

The New Beak Is Too Soft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41314051)

There's no way this "nylon polymer" replacement can be as hard as the original bone. The substitute won't work too well for cracking bones of small prey when the bird eats.

Why Printed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41316141)

They could have cast a mold and shaped it by hand, then made the actual part with some ideal material. Someone just had to justify their expensive machine.

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