11-year-old makes 3-D printed face shield and mask straps to help healthcare workers

first_imgAndrew made about 100 of those pieces and on Thursday, he donated every single one to UHS Hospital. He says each piece took about an hour to make and says he was doing what he could to help our local hospital workers. VESTAL (WBNG) — Andrew Herceg has been using his 3-D printer for about a year and decided he wanted to put it to good use. “Because it hurts people’s ears when they have the masks on them and this helps that,” said Andrew. Andrew is 11 years old, but his heart is beyond his years. With the help of a new design, he was able to use his 3-D printer to make straps that attach to face shields and masks, common things healthcare workers are wearing over the course of several hours. “I think it’s great to get involved in the community during this time when we don’t know what’s happening every day to have a goal to do something that’s helpful,” said Caryn. Meanwhile, his father who is in the healthcare industry, and his mother, Caryn, are proud of their son for combining his hard work with his generosity. Andrew says he doesn’t plan on stopping any time yet. He says he looks forward to making more to help people in his community.last_img read more

Keep open mind, but weigh facts on climate

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Two similar letters to the editor by Bob Lindinger in The Gazette seem to claim that humans have no responsibility for modern global warming. He argued that such a conclusion is unwarranted because “science is never settled.” It seems that, if we don’t know everything about global climate, we don’t know anything. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img Well, sure, nothing in science is known with absolute certainty. For example, modern research indicates that fire is a rapid, heat-releasing chemical reaction between fuel and oxygen in air. But that’s not settled. Maybe fire is called into mortal existence by Lucifer or Hephaestus, after we ritually strike a sacred match, or form a specially consecrated spark.Hmm. Where do we draw the line between accepting an idea that is overwhelmingly supported by evidence, or believing any number of ideas that are poorly supported by the evidence, unsupported or down-right crazy? That’s really the choice.The overwhelming weight of evidence shows that modern global warming is happening, caused mostly by burning fossil fuels. Sure, the computer models change a little bit every year, as does the growing pile of data behind them. But the results don’t change much. Modern supercomputer models, early models in the 1970s, and hand calculations done over 100 years ago. All give similar results.Accepting the science behind modern global warming is a matter of evaluating the available evidence. It’s a good idea to keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out.Kurt HollocherNiskayunalast_img read more