Watch as a Visually Impared Mother-To-Be Is Surprised With a 3D Printed Ultrasound Image of Her Son

“Meeting Murilo” is a heartwarming example of 3D printing being put to good use.

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In the decades since being introduced as a prenatal tool, ultrasound imaging has afforded soon-to-be mothers (and fathers) the opportunity to “meet” their unborn child in as intimate a way as is technologically possible: By seeing their baby, face to face. For many, it’s a profoundly moving moment. But for parents with visual impairments, it’s an experience that can often be frustratingly inaccessible.

Thanks to advanced sonogram imaging and a sophisticated mobile 3D printing unit, Tatiana Guerra, a soon-to-be mom in Brazil, was given the chance to “see” her unborn son, despite having been legally blind since the age of 17.

“Meeting Murilo” was created by the Kimberly-Clark-owned Huggies brand, who partnered with Hero advertising agency and The Goodfellas 3D printing firm. As Priya Patel, an executive with Kimberly-Clark Brazil, told AdWeek:

“As a brand, Huggies considers each moment of this new phase in the lives of many women—the maternal role. Huggies believes that such protective embrace and bond help babies grow up happy”

Whether or not 3D printing becomes the norm for prenatal care remains to be seen. For the time being, though, “Meeting Murilo” is a beautiful example of how this technology can be used to bring mothers and babies closer together than ever before.

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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

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Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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