Riccio has divided users into 2 categories: N-Peeps are not-for-profit people/organizations and will always receive their imaging for free. F-Peeps are for profit organizations engaged in exciting research projects. “For FREE” is asterisked in the campaign to note that for-profit organizations will be able to image at an hourly rate that is lower than standard imaging facilities charge. Riccio intends a 50/50 balance of N-Peeps and F-Peeps. In addition to removing the barrier to entry for N-Peeps, another goal of the project is to create an online digital library of 3D datasets gained through the advanced imaging. This would significantly add to the body of scientific knowledge shared openly on the Internet (except where the information may be proprietary and then will not be imaged for free).
The campaign seeks to raise funds to set up an independent imaging lab, acquire a state-of-the-
The X-ray CT lab Riccio directs at Cornell has imaged a wide variety of objects including a great white shark’s head, fruits/flowers, coral, bearded dragons, flies, the insides of electronics, and advanced industrial materials. It has imaged specimens from the American Museum of Natural History, Academy of Natural Sciences, Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Smithsonian, and others. This type of imaging can inform a wide variety of knowledge, from the current state of toxicity in our oceans and fields to designing better, lighter, yet stronger materials for airplane bodies, spaceships, or buildings, and studying the biological structures that lead to new biomaterials and medicines.
The campaign, rich in details about 3D X-ray imaging, can be found at www.kickstarter.com/