Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7- and 8.9-inch slates have only seen limited shores since they were formally announced, but today the company said they’re now available for pre-order in more than “170 countries and territories around the world.” We could try and list all the new tablet markets, but it’s easier to say that until now, they’ve only found spots in Amazon stores in the US, Europe and Japan. We’re not surprised to see the hardware get a much wider release, given that the e-tailer revealed its plan to take the Appstore global last month. The only other nugget in the PR is an expected shipping date of June 13th. Head over to your local Amazon portal to confirm if your region is one of the lucky 170.
Update: Amazon’s issued a second PR saying those international plans for the Appstore are no longer plans — it’s now up and running in “nearly 200 countries.”
New mom will return to the stage for a special three-night engagement at Atlantic City’s Revel Resort.
By Gil Kaufman
<P><a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/knowles_beyonce/artist.jhtml">Beyoncé</a> is taking more than the recommended six weeks maternity leave. But come Memorial Day, the world's hardest-working mother will be right back at it when she plays a series of special intimate shows at Atlantic City's newest attraction. </P><P> </P><P>Four months after giving birth to <a href="http://rapfix.mtv.com/2012/01/09/jay-z-dedicates-bic-song-to-baby-blue-ivy-carter">Blue Ivy Carter</a>, B will play a trio of exclusive shows to help launch the $2.4 billion Revel entertainment center on May 25, 26 and 27. The singer's first shows since 2011 will take place in the smoke-free Revel's signature performance space, Ovation Hall, which was designed by a team of Cirque du Soleil veterans. The 5,050-capacity space features an unobstructed view for every patron and a state-of-the-art immersive sound system. (Tickets for the shows go on sale on April 6 at 10 a.m.) </P><P> </P><P><center><embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:684908/cp~vid%3D684908%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A684908" width="460" height="260" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" base="."></embed></center> </P><P> </P><P>While hubby Jay-Z has continued to play the occasional show — including a gig down at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, last week — Beyoncé has kept a lower profile, preferring to nest in New York with the couple's baby girl. Her name did pop up a few weeks ago, though, as a potential castmember in <a href="/news/articles/1680141/beyonce-ryan-murphy-movie-one-hit-wonders.jhtml">Ryan Murphy's upcoming all-star flick</a> "One Hit Wonders." The musical comedy could potentially star B's buddy, Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and "Saturday Night Live" castmember Andy Samberg. </P><P> </P><P>Regardless of how this film shakes out, Beyoncé is reportedly already thinking about her music career again. Producer Ryan Tedder shared that the singer is prepping several <a href="http://rapfix.mtv.com/2012/02/14/beyonce-prepping-two-new-albums">follow-up albums</a> to <a href="/news/articles/1665479/beyonce-4-leak.jhtml">2011's <i>4.</i></a> </P><P> </P><P>"The conversations about her next album, literally, just started and there [are] two projects happening," Tedder said."All I can say is, you kind of feed her the best that you have, and she's this phenomenal filter and she takes it all in." One of those albums may be the soundtrack for the upcoming Clint Eastwood film "A Star Is Born," which the singer is also attached to star in. </P><P> </P><P><i>Are you excited to hear that Beyoncé will hit the stage again soon? Tell us <a href="http://www.facebook.com/mtvnews" target="blank">on our Facebook</a> page!</i></p>
When Kaiba Gionfriddo was born, his parents never expected to have to look on, helpless, as his windpipe collapsed daily and stopped him from breathing. They were desperate?so when a team of researchers suggested that a 3D printer could help, they leapt at the chance.
So a team from the University of Michigan set about using high-resolution imaging to study Kaiba’s trachea and bronchus, and then got busy with some computer aided design. Using data from CT scans they were able to create accurate 3D models of his delicate little airways?weakened by a condition called tracheobronchomalacia?and develop a splint that could be used to help support them. The research is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Once it was designed, the splint was 3D printed using a a biopolymer called polycaprolactone which, over the course of two to three years, is completely reabsorbed by the body. Last year, the splint was sewn around Kaiba’s airway to expand the bronchus, giving it a stiff structure for support which it can grow around.
Just 21 days after the operation Kaiba was taken off ventilator support?and he hasn’t needed it since. Dr Scott Hollister, the professor of biomedical engineering behind the 3D printed implant, explains how delighted the team is:
"The material we used is a nice choice for this. It takes about two to three years for the trachea to remodel and grow into a healthy state, and that’s about how long this material will take to dissolve into the body. Kaiba’s case is definitely the highlight of my career so far. To actually build something that a surgeon can use to save a person’s life? It’s a tremendous feeling."
Of course, it’s not the first time 3D printing has had a positive effect in medicine