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Plastic heart developed to help train medical students

A top surgeon at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre has given his backing to a new prosthetic heart designed to help train medical students.

Richard Arm with his creation Credit: ITV News Central

Richard Arm, a researcher at Nottingham Trent University, created the lifelike replica using 3D-printing. He then used silicone gels to give it the feel and texture of a real human organ.

Mr Arm came up with the idea to help trainee heart surgeons practise their skills before carrying out real operations.

Students would be able to make incisions to experience how it would feel and see what the inside of the heart looks like.

– Richard Arm

The project was undertaken with the support of the Queen's Medical Centre.

Professor Michael Vloeberghs, a consultant neurosurgeon at the hospital, said:

Richard’s research has the potential to help improve the way trainee surgeons develop their understanding of critical operations like heart surgery. This could be a real benefit to way in which we educate students, by providing them with more realistic experiences before they go into live theatre.

– Professor Michael Vloeberghs


Student develops human heart replica with 3D printer

The heart replica made with a 3D printer Credit: ITV News Central

A Nottingham research student has developed a replica of the human heart, using 3D printing technology.

The model seen on a computer screen Credit: ITV News Central

Richard Arm developed the technique with the backing of Birmingham's Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.

It is hoped the heart will help in the education of trainee surgeons and medical students.

Council use CCTV in hunt for missing cat after FOI request

Leicester City Council has used its CCTV cameras in the hunt for a missing cat.

Despite the council's efforts - there has been no sighting of the missing feline.

The owner of the cat, which has been missing since July 6, sent a Freedom of Information request to the council to ask if they could check its local footage.

A stock photo of CCTV cameras Credit: Stephen Rafferty/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

While this is not the usual sort of request we would deal under the Freedom of Information Act, given the very specific areas and limited timeframes detailed by requester, we were happy to be able to help on this occasion.

Checking the relevant CCTV footage took no more than 30 minutes of staff time and therefore the cost was negligible.

It would not have detracted from the important public safety role that the CCTV team carry out.

It is reassuring that members of the public have confidence in CCTV and recognise its value when assistance is required.

– Leicester City Council spokesperson
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New 'planetarium' will take visitors back in time

One of the country's most important Roman sites is being brought to life, a hundred and fifty years after it was first discovered. Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, are getting the chance to experience it with a planetarium-style projection. The "discovery dome" has been developed by a student from the University of Bath.

John Tredinnick a researcher at the University says visitors will be taken back in time during the tour:

Has JLR made the 'self-learning' car of the future?

Has JLR made the car of the future? Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Birmingham-based Jaguar Land Rover says it is developing cutting-edge technology to make an "intelligent self-learning vehicle" of the future.

They say it will mean less distractions to the driver and a reduction in accidents. Computer software learns the driving style and preferences of the driver, and takes into account other factors such as time of day, traffic conditions and weather.

It uses that to predict driver behaviour and take away some of the driving 'chores', such as selecting air conditioning temperature and making a regular phone call.


Man denies cyber-attack on Home Office

A man from Stoke-on-Trent has denied launching a cyber-attack against the Home Office.

Mark Johnson, of Josiah Wedgwood Street, in Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today.

The 44-year-old is alleged - under the Computer Misuse Act - to have encouraged or assisted in a 'distributed denial of service attack' on websites operated by the Home Office and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on June 15th 2012.

Mr Johnson has been granted bail until his trial begins on November 3rd.

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