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Researchers have developed an automatic drill that could soon be used in delicate medical procedures, like cranial surgery, significantly reducing surgery time as well as the incidence of infections, human errors, and surgical costs.

The tech, developed by researchers at the University of Utah, was announced in Neurological Focus.

The drill is 50 times faster than what humans can do themselves, decreasing the time of standard cranial procedures from two hours to two and a half minutes.

Currently, brain surgeries are complex medical procedures that require skilled surgeons to slowly and carefully hand drill openings.

“It was like doing archaeology," lead author and neurosurgeon Dr William Couldwell said in a statement. "We had to slowly take away the bone to avoid sensitive structures."

He added: “We knew the technology was already available in the machine world, but no one ever applied it to medical applications.” iflscience.com
A project enabling volunteers to help professional astronomers find supernovae has achieved success within a week of launching. 

The explosion in question is a Type Ia supernova that went off in a galaxy 970 million light-years away.

The explosion predated the emergence of complex life on Earth, but the light has only reached us now, in time to be picked up by the SkyMapper 1.3-meter (4.3 feet) telescope.

The comparison, along with many others, was placed on the citizen science portal Zooniverse, where three amateurs marked it as a likely supernova.

SkyMapper followed up and confirmed that not only is the light a supernova, but it is just the sort they were looking for, all with the speed needed to properly track the star's decline.

Unlike those who discover comets, supernova discoverers do not get their names immortalized, with the object in question dubbed SN2017dxh, but the finders will have their names submitted to the International Astronomical Union. iflscience.com
Before he took office, Donald Trump suggested he would overhaul the procurement process.

He said he’d slash the cost of the F-35 and even discussed scaling back the bling on Air Force One.

Since taking office, he has reversed himself, promising to lavish the military with whatever it needs but does the need come from the military or those who arm them?

When President Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial complex, he foresaw a new age of collusion between politicians, defense contractors and those who wear the stars.

Consider that of the 63 largest Pentagon programs at the moment, 50 are over budget by $296 billion.

And that's just money. What about blood? latimes.com
The Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest attraction of its kind in Canada, has installed Lego sculptures of plants and animals throughout one of its parks.

The colourful works were created by New York artist Sean Kenney, whose Lego statues are touring across North America and are now also on show in Memphis, Tenn., and Houston, Texas.

Among the 14 sculptures scattered in Hendrie Park, there's a human-sized praying mantis made of 42,164 Lego bricks, a monarch butterfly with one-metre-long wings (60,549 bricks), and a bald eagle (42,198 bricks).

Kenney used more than 300,000 Lego pieces in total.

Kenney's Nature Connects series is at the RBG until Aug. 20. cbc.ca
The Home Secretary has criticised the US after confidential details about the Manchester Arena attack appeared to have been leaked to the media by American intelligence officers.

Amber Rudd said US conduct had been "irritating" and said she had made clear to her American counterparts that such leaks "shouldn't happen again".

The episode comes just a week after US president Donald Trump defended his right to leak classified intelligence to other countries' leaders. Mr Trump has also criticised leaking from the US intelligence establishment.

Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the US leaks, Ms Rudd said: "The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise.

"So it is irritating when it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again." independent.co.uk