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How many books are there in the Oxford University library?

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Scientists have 3D bioprinted functioning human brain tissue | Popular Science

“Scientists have created brain ‘organoids’ for years, but there are limitations to the tiny, lab-grown cultures. One of the most frustrating issues is a lack of control over their design, which often limits an organoid’s functionality and use. Although researchers long suspected 3D-printing could offer a solution, the workaround has so far proven difficult and ineffective. A new production breakthrough, however, could solve the longstanding barrier, and one day offer new ways of exploring treatment for diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzeheimer’s.’”

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Sierra Space reveals Star Wars-looking new spaceship | Futurism

“Colorado-based space company Sierra Space showed off its Dream Chaser spaceplane, stacked on top of its cargo module, at NASA's Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio, last week. The design of the spacecraft, a private space plane that's set to visit the International Space Station for the first time later this year, is vaguely reminiscent of NASA's Space Shuttle, albeit with plenty of rounded edges and sleek, aerodynamic wings that look straight out of a Star Wars movie.”

Vision Pro teardown gives a look inside Apple’s $3,499 headset | Cult of Mac

“Apple’s mixed-reality headset, the Vision Pro, went on sale in the United States on Friday, months after the company unveiled it at WWDC23. It was only a matter of time before someone tore down the buzzy mixed-reality headset to see how Apple built the beast. Vision Pro packs several cutting-edge chips and technologies, making it among the most sophisticated AR/VR headsets around. And iFixit’s Vision Pro teardown, released Sunday, shows precisely why.”

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Fancy pączki are in fashion this Fat Tuesday | The Takeout

“For people who love Polish doughnuts, pączki (pronounced poonch-key) season starts earlier and earlier each year. … No longer just a filled jelly doughnut, pączki have become a canvas for decorating. These trendy pączki sport icing, piping, whipped cream, fruit, nuts, crunchy snacks — pretty much any treat that will fit on top. Many are now being split open and filled with flavors and colors that stray far from the traditional flavors of prune, custard, and strawberry.”

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The answer: 12 million printed items and over 80,000 e-journals

The answer: 12 million printed items and over 80,000 e-journals

According to the Oxford University website: “The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford is the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. It includes the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a legal deposit library for 400 years; as well as 30 libraries across Oxford including major research libraries and faculty, department and institute libraries. Together, the Libraries hold more than 12 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals and outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera.”