Today's Takeaway | February 25, 2013

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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Endless Possibilities of 3D Printing | Sequestration Could Have Devastating Impact on Scientific Research | Malian Musician Fatoumata Diawara Gives Voice to Women in Debut Album | 'The Man Behind the Wall': The Mystery of Banksy

Forget Organ Donation, Scientists Are Now Printing Body Parts

3D printing is a dynamic new technology that promises to revolutionize how we manufacture and create things. Still in its early stages of development, it’s already being used to make chocolate, guns, and even body parts. How does it work and where does it go from here? Lawrence Bonasser is a professor of biomedical engineering at Cornell. Max Lobovsky is the founder of FormLabs, a start-up company that is creating a more affordable professional 3D printer.

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The Sequester Could Have a Devastating Impact on Scientific Research, Too

In addition to the Defense Department and other federal employees, the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration would also affect a number of other federally-funded projects, including scientific and medical research.

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Communities Compete to Be Silicon Valley of Domestic Drone Production

Across the country, states are vying to attract the engineers who will build our new domestic drone force, and they're finding that being a hub for drone production and testing could be a major economic boom for their area. Ryan Delaney, a reporter from WRVO in upstate New York, has been spending time with some of the advocates competing to attract drone-makers to their own airspace.

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Malian Musician Fatoumata Diawara Gives Voice to Women in Debut Album

In the West, music can offer the chance to escape and liberate oneself from the present troubles of life. But in Mali, Islamic extremists have been cracking down on music and the country's rich traditions and history associated with musical freedoms.

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'The Man Behind the Wall': The Mystery of Banksy

The Oscar-nominated documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" introduced the world to Banksy and his modern day street art, but most of us know next to nothing about the artist, famous for concealing his identity at all costs. Journalist Will Ellsworth-Jones set out to reveal as much as possible about the graffiti artist in his fascinating new biography "Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall."