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Jan 13, 2017

Need a new ear, nose, or patella? This new 3D printer can create bones and soft tissue

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting

If you were to pick one emerging technology with the potential to have a massive positive impact on humanity in the coming years, there’s a good chance you’d go with 3D bioprinting.

The ability to use “bio-ink” to print out biomaterials ranging from heart tissues to bone and cartilage is incredibly exciting — although at present it’s not exactly the most user-friendly of tech.

One company hoping to change that is Cellink, which this week has announced the launch of its new Bio X printer, which it hopes will bring 3D bioprinting to a whole new audience.

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Jan 13, 2017

A woman in Nevada died from an unstoppable superbug

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Her death is a reminder that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are getting worse, even as they garner little attention.

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Jan 13, 2017

Senescent cell removal could help chemotherapy patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Senescent cell therapy for treating age-related diseases could also help people after chemotherapy.


Senescent cell removal therapies could help reduce the damaging impact chemotherapy has on patients as well as being used to address one of the aging processes to treat diseases.

#aging #cancer

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Jan 13, 2017

This Remarkable Robot Hand Is Worthy of Luke Skywalker

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, space, transhumanism

Most of today’s robot hands can perform easy tasks. They’re uber-practical grippers, simple and useful. But is it really so much to ask for robotic masterworks as dextrous as Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand in Star Wars? In short, yes, yes it is. It might have been a long time ago in a galaxy far far away—but most Star Wars tech is beyond us.

Still, it’s hard not to get in a Star Wars state of mind watching this beautiful robot hand engineered by Yale postdoc Joseph (Zhe) Xu and the University of Washington’s Emanuel Todorov.

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Jan 13, 2017

Immune System, part 3: Crash Course A&P #47

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The last of the fun videos about the immune system and how it works.


THE FINAL SHOWDOWN! This is the last episode on the immune system and also the very last episode of Crash Course Anatomy & Physiology. In it, Hank explains how the cellular immune response uses helper, cytotoxic, and regulatory T cells to attack body cells compromised by pathogens. He also explores how cytokines activate B and T cells, and what happens if your immune system goes rogue and starts causing autoimmune trouble.

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Jan 13, 2017

New patent granted to 3D printed hybrid rocket fuel engines for low cost access to space

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space

Rocket Crafters, Inc (RCI) have been granted a patent that will allow the mass-production of an expendable 3D printed hydrid rocket engine.

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Jan 13, 2017

MIT Scientists Brings Incandescent Light Bulbs Back

Posted by in category: sustainability

Some have deemed old-fashioned light bulbs as good as dead. But researchers at MIT have devised an incandescent light that’s greener than ever.

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Jan 13, 2017

Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

Posted by in category: futurism

Oobleck versus bullets.

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Jan 13, 2017

Forget What You Learned in High School

Posted by in categories: chemistry, education

It’s the stuff of Chemistry 101: carbon can only form four bonds because it only has four shareable electrons.

But this rule no longer applies, because scientists have confirmed the existence of an exotic carbon molecule that can form six bonds, meaning the most classic example of tetravalence in our high school chemistry textbooks now comes with a hefty caveat.

If all of this is kinda giving you conniptions, we’re right there with you.

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Jan 12, 2017

Biologists discover how viruses hijack cell’s machinery

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Looks like hacking might be alot older then we thought lmao.


Biologists at UC San Diego have documented for the first time how very large viruses reprogram the cellular machinery of bacteria during infection to more closely resemble an animal or human cell—a process that allows these alien invaders to trick cells into producing hundreds of new viruses, which eventually explode from and kill the cells they infect.

In a paper published in the January 13 issue of Science, the researchers conducted a series of experiments that allowed them to view in detail what happens inside as the invading viruses replicate.

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