The future has arrived
March 28, 2014
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It looks like 3D printing is taking over the world, little by little. Uses for it range from creating a doll clone of yourself to printing meat (yes, for actual consumption). But the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands has found yet another way to implement the new technique: Doctors are reporting that the world's first 3D skull implant was a success.

The 23-hour surgery was performed on a 22-year-old woman who suffered from severe headaches, loss of vision, and loss of motor coordination due to a thickening of her skull. Dr. Bon Verweij, the neurosurgeon on the case, said in a press release that it was only a matter of time before other essential brain functions would have atrophied.

The surgery took place three months ago, but due to the patient's recovery time, doctors are only just now calling it a success.

"The patient has fully regained her vision, she has no more complaints, she's gone back to work and there are almost no traces that she had any surgery at all," Verweij said.

3D printing technology has served as a major advancement in these types of surgeries. "We used to create an implant by hand in the operating theater using a kind of cement, but those implants did not have a very good fit," Verweij said. "Now we can use 3D printing to ensure that these components are an exact fit. This has major advantages, not only cosmetically but also because patients often have better brain function compared with the old method." Hayley Munguia

1:14 a.m. ET
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After missing a deadline to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee, the World Boxing Organization stripped Floyd Mayweather of the welterweight world title he won after defeating Manny Pacquiao in May.

The WBO requires boxers pay three percent of their purse to fight for a world title, up to a maximum of $200,000, AFP reports. Mayweather earned a reported $220 million from the fight against Pacquiao. Another WBO rule prohibits champions to hold belts in other weight divisions; Mayweather is currently the WBC and WBA champion at junior middleweight and welterweight.

In a statement, the WBO said it has received "no response" from Mayweather or his legal representatives, and is "allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize" Mayweather as the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World. The WBO is expected to name American Timothy Bradley, who beat fellow American Jessie Vargas for the WBO interim welterweight belt on June 27, the new champion. Catherine Garcia

can i get an amen?
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For those who find Facebook too worldly, there's now Facegloria.

Evangelical Christians in Brazil launched the social media site in June, and it already boasts 100,000 members, the BBC reports. On Facegloria, swearing and erotic content are banned, and instead of "liking" something, you click the "Amen" button. Also, don't expect to see any profile pictures with rainbow filters — gay material is forbidden. "On Facebook, you see a lot of violence and pornography," web designer Atilla Barros told AFP. "That's why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love, and to spread His word."

There's a similar site for Muslims called Ummaland, which launched in 2013 and has 329,000 members. It offers "extended privacy settings" for women and shares Islamic inspirational quotes every day. Facegloria is only in Portuguese at the moment, but the company is hoping to soon be available everywhere. "Our network is global," Acir dos Santos, an investor in Facegloria, said. "We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere." Catherine Garcia

Bill Cosby
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Lawyers representing some of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct are speaking out, following Monday's release of a deposition in which the comedian admits that he acquired quaaludes and intended to give them to women he wanted to have sex with.

The previously sealed testimony was from a 2005 deposition, and was part of a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee against Cosby. More than two dozen women have accused him of sexual misconduct, including several who say he drugged and raped them. Attorney Gloria Allred said she would like to use the testimony in other cases against Cosby. "This confirms the allegations of numerous victims who have alleged that he had used drugs to sexually assault them," she told The Associated Press. She added, "The admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public."

Model Janice Dickinson said that Cosby raped her in 1982, and filed a defamation suit in May after his lawyers denied the accusation. In a statement, her attorney, Lisa Bloom, said "now we know why" Cosby did not show up at a deposition for her lawsuit. "How dare he publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson and accuse her of lying when she tells a very similar story," she said. "It is time for Mr. Cosby to stop hiding behind his attorneys and publicists and to publicly apologize to Ms. Dickinson and the 46 other women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault." Cosby has never been criminally charged. Catherine Garcia

global matters
July 6, 2015
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In its final report on the millennium development goals (MDGs), the UN states that while some achievements have been made — primarily bringing more than one billion people out of extreme poverty — several other targets were not met.

The UN set a 15-year agenda to meet eight goals related to poverty, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, disease, the environment, and global partnership. "The MDGs helped to lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, to make inroads against hunger, to enable more girls to attend school than ever before, and to protect our planet," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. "Yet for all the remarkable gains, I am keenly aware that inequalities persist and that progress has been uneven."

The goal of achieving universal primary education was missed (the rate rose from 83 percent in 2000 to 91 percent in 2015), as was the child mortality rate (it dropped by more than 50 percent, with the MDG goal being a decline of two-thirds). The goal of stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015 has not been met, and 663 million people still do not have access to improved drinking water. Ban said that when it comes time to set the agenda for the next 15 years, they will look at the success and failures of the MDGs. "We need to tackle root causes and do more to integrate the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development," he said. Catherine Garcia

the canadian version of 'up'
July 6, 2015

It would have been cheaper to just put up a billboard: A Calgary man is facing criminal charges after he attached 110 balloons to a lawn chair and sailed over the city on Sunday to bring attention to his cleaning products company.

Daniel Boria, 26, says he wanted to advertise his business in a non-conventional way, and that's how he came up with the plan to fly above Calgary, then parachute down into the Calgary Stampede. "We did make it as safe as possible for everybody else," he told CBC News. "Our end goal was to only put myself in danger." After he took flight, he was amazed by what he saw. "At one point I was looking up at the balloons, they were popping, the chair was shaking and I was looking down at my feet dangling through the clouds at a 747 flight taking off and a few landing," he said. "It was incredible. It was the most surreal experience you can ever imagine. I was just by myself on a $20 lawn chair up in the sky above the clouds."

Due to bad weather, Boria missed the Calgary Stampede by a few kilometers, landing in an industrial field and breaking his ankle. Police were waiting for him, and after being detained, he was released Monday. Boria was charged with one count of mischief causing danger to life, and Insp. Kyle Grant with the Calgary Police Department said he expects to see more charges filed. Boria — who estimates the whole thing cost him $20,000 for materials and to rent an airplane carrying a banner with his company’s name — said he had a feeling he would be arrested, "but I didn't think they would pursue it as heavily as they did. I've never done anything wrong before and this was with good intentions." Catherine Garcia

these people were once in charge of your money
July 6, 2015

HSBC has fired several UK employees after video emerged online showing the group participating in a mock ISIS-style execution.

The footage shows multiple employees wearing black outfits and balaclavas standing behind an Asian colleague wearing an orange jumpsuit, The Telegraph reports. One of the men in black appears to be holding a coat hanger, and another yells, "Allahu Akbar" — "God is Great" in Arabic, which ISIS executioners have said in their taped murders of hostages.

The Sun reports the video was filmed during a team building exercise, and was briefly up on Instagram before being deleted. On Twitter, HSBC's UK Press Office wrote, "Once we saw this abhorrent video released by The Sun we took the decision to sack the individuals involved. We apologise for any offence." Catherine Garcia

July 6, 2015
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Days after her son was killed instantly after setting off a firework on top of his head, a Maine mother is calling for stricter laws on who can have access to the explosives.

Police say that on the 4th of July, Devon Staples, 22, was drinking with friends in the town of Calais when the accident happened with a mortar tube. In the wake of her son's death, Kathleen Staples wants to see lawmakers consider requiring safety training courses before letting someone use fireworks. "At least it'd be a little bit more than, 'Here you go,'" she told The Associated Press. "That's an explosive. They didn't just hand me a license and put me in the car."

Staples said she thinks her son might have thought the explosive was a "dud" that wouldn't hurt him, but State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas said that since the mortar had already been used once before, he "can't imagine someone would anticipate that it was a dud." This was the first fireworks-related death to occur in Maine since they were legalized in 2012, and Rep. Michel Lajoie (D) said he is considering introducing a measure next year to repeal the law. Lajoie, a retired fire chief, said he can already hear the arguments from people opposing a ban. "They're going to say, 'Well, you can't regulate stupidity'...and it's true, you can't," he told AP. "But the fact of the matter is you have to try something. I'm not giving up." Catherine Garcia

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