Now that’s re­ally fid­dling around with tech­nol­ogy

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Out­liers has writ­ten be­fore about mu­sic lovers us­ing tech­nol­ogy to plumb the mys­ter­ies of rare vi­o­lins (April 5, 2010, p. 36). But now, some­one has taken that a step fur­ther and at­tempted to recre­ate one of the rare in­stru­ments with the aid of CT tech­nol­ogy.

Sim­i­lar to sci­ence fic­tion sto­ries of how cells from long-ex­tinct an­i­mals are cloned to bring a species back to life, Dr. Steven Sirr, a ra­di­ol­o­gist at First­light Med­i­cal Sys­tems in Mora, Minn., used more than 1,000 com-

The first Ron­ald Mc­don­ald House was born in Philadel­phia in 1974 af­ter Ea­gles tight end Fred Hill and his wife, whose daugh­ter had leukemia, saw how the par­ents of sick chil­dren of­ten were forced to sleep in wait­ing rooms and eat from hos­pi­tal vend­ing ma­chines dur­ing their kids’ care. The team’s fundrais­ing ef­forts led to the cre­ation of the first house, and more than 300 have opened around the world since then.

More re­cently, Out­liers had noted col­lege bas­ket­ball be­com­ing a ve­hi­cle for fundrais­ing.

Ron­ald Mc­don­ald House Char­i­ties of Spokane (Wash.) has long hosted an an­nual Gon­zaga Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball game, turn­ing its RMHC Clas­sic into one of the lo­cal char­ity’s big­gest an­nual fundrais­ers, ac­cord­ing to news ac­counts.

Now east­ern Iowa is fol­low­ing suit. On Dec. 6, the in-state ri­valry game be­tween Univer­sity of Iowa and the Univer­sity of North­ern Iowa will be­come the first an­nual Ron­ald Mc­don­ald House Char­i­ties Clas­sic, ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle in the Iowa City Press-cit­i­zen. Ben­e­fit­ting is the Ron­ald Mc­don­ald House in Iowa City, which is near the UI Hos­pi­tals and Clin­ics cam­pus.

Com­bin­ing col­lege bas­ket­ball and fundrais­ing for sick kids? Sounds like a slam dunk.

The parts of the orig­i­nal Betts vi­olin, top, were able to be re­pro­duced within one-15,000th of an inch in the ex­per­i­ment.

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