Albion College Completes 140-hour Anthropological 3D Print
On Wednesday, February 20, Albion College Instructional Technology completed their longest and largest 3D print to date, a full-scale replica of the newly published Homo naledi skull. Homo naledi is described by anthropologists as an extinct species of human. Fossil skeletons were first discovered in 2013 in the Gauging province of South Africa. This excavation required a group of anthropologists to fit into a small underground hole, where they discovered a collection of skeletons. To learn more about this fascinating excavation, be sure to watch the National Geographic mini documentary called Discovering Homo Naledi: Journey to Find a Human Ancestor.
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Virtual Reality Opens Up a New World
Imagine stepping into an elevator and slowly making your way towards the top of a skyscraper. But as the doors open, something is immediately awry. Instead of stepping into a hallway or office, there is just a short plank, hanging miles above the ground.
Would you step out?
“I didn’t step out!” says Janice Best, an Albion College Help Desk employee who had the chance to try Virtual Reality for the first time last week. “I know my limits and am comfortable with them,” says Best, who knew this thrill seeking VR experience wasn’t for her.
Instead, Best spent her virtual reality time seeing a blue whale up close, and visiting an art gallery with famous work by Monet and other artists.
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