Science Friday: Get Your Dental X-rays at a Museum?

Me In 3D - Science Museum, LondonDental X-rays in a museum?

Without a dentist?

BBC news is reporting that visitors to London’s Science Museum are being invited to have their faces scanned in 3D.

The museum project hopes to scan as many faces as possible as several universities, hospitals and the Eastman Dental Hospital will be utilizing the data collected to provide improved treatment for patients with facial disfigurements and congenital conditions.

Dr Chris Abela, a senior craniofacial fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital told BBC News, “It’s a very simple process using simultaneous photography by nine cameras and then some software modification to produce a 3D image. Any visitor to the stand will be able to spin their image around, look at themselves from behind their ear or from the worm’s eye view as we call it and really see themselves in another dimension. We know a lot about the bones in our faces but little is known about what makes our face the shape it is and about the skin and muscles that make up our face.”

The plan is to create the largest database internationally of face shapes collected to date. It seems that London is believed to be the perfect place to capture the wide diversity in facial features from around the world.

To see a visitor using the 3D image software at the museum, watch the video below —

The “Me in 3D” face scanning project will be at the London Science Museum until April 10, 2012.

For more on this story see: London’s Science Museum to scan visitors’ faces in 3D

Friday Random Video: Can Dentists Fly Through Space?

Friday Random Video: Can Dentists Fly Through Space?Can dentists fly through space?

This week’s Friday random video is from the International Space Station as it orbits the earth at night.

The video begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North, then South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.

From the YouTube channel: The visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy.

Click on Play to fly through space —

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