Read some of our fabulous stories from the Morgo community.
THE FUTURE OF 3D PRINTING – ROSS STEVENS
If you’ve ever broken a limb you’ll be all too familiar with the itchy, grubby, smelly, bulky hassle of being stuck in a cast.
The future, however, could hold something quite different: a biometrically designed, lightweight, ventilated, washable cast, that’s recyclable and thin enough to wear under a shirt sleeve — oh, and looks pretty damn cool, too.
THE MATHEMATICS OF WAR – SEAN GOURLEY
On the surface, war seems defined by chaos and every conflict motivated by its own complex interplay of factors ranging from the political to the religious, the cultural to the economic. But what if you could use data and mathematics to delve beneath the chaotic surface? Kiwi Sean Gourley, a Rhodes Scholar studying physics at Oxford University, was determined to look at war in this new way — and to see if there were underlying patterns to conflict that could offer new insights.
ALTITUDE AEROSPACE INTERIORS
Keep looking skywards and you’ll notice things getting increasingly busy. Over the next 20 years the number of big jets flying the world’s skies is set to double, from 20,000 to 40,000. And during that time around 18,000 of the current 20,000 planes, will also be replaced with niftier, more fuel-efficient models. Globally, however, there’s a shortage of the aerospace design engineers needed to make it all happen, and as a group they’re getting older – 58% of them are currently aged over 50.
SURGERY FROM THE STONEAGE TO IT’S ROBOTIC FUTURE – CATHERINE MOHR
The history of surgical procedures stretches back millennia. Evidence of trepanation — a surgical intervention where a hole is bored into the skull — has been found among Stone Age remains, many with signs of healing that showed some patients lived beyond the experience.
FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE
In the 1960s Fisher & Paykel’s legendary founders, Sir Woolf Fisher and Maurice Paykel, were on the lookout to develop new technology and diversify from their business manufacturing home appliances, mainly under licence to overseas companies.
A physician at Auckland Hospital had noticed the drying and damaging effects new portable ventilator technology could have on patients’ lungs.