Scientists Develop 3D Printer Capable of Printing Cartilage That Works!

3D printing cartilage

http://www.modulab.ro It’s not so hard printing cartilage

If you haven’t heard about 3D printing, you are in for a mind boggling surprise.  Now, researchers have taken the realm of 3D printing a whole giant leap further; they have successfully tried printing cartilage. Scientists and engineers have been developing 3D printers for a while now, with companies using them to create tools, three-dimensional diagrams, or spare parts.  There are a variety of inks used in 3D printing and human tissue is now being experimented with.

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The 3D printing industry is only just beginning, and it is seeing exponential growth through the two main companies that hold nearly all of the patents and profits thus far; 3D Systems Corporation, and Stratasys, Inc. These two companies are on the edge of some very exciting technological developments.

The 3D tissue printer is a mix of a traditional ink jet printer and an electrospinning machine. The printed tissue seems very promising as it was:

“tested on mice and after eight weeks it had developed the structures and properties of real cartilage, demonstrating its potential use in humans.”

In the future, researchers say clinicians could develop cartilage specific to the needs of patients. For instance, an MRI scan of the body part, such as the knee, would provide a sort of blueprint and then matching cartilage could be created. Researchers are speculating that doctors in the future will have the ability of creating tissue and printing cartilage tailored to individuals so that it will be accepted into the body quicker.

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They could use MRIs or other imaging devices to create a blue print and then head to the printer to easily print off some new tissue for their patients. Printing cartilage is just the first step in personally tailored 3D printing for medicinal purposes. The possibilities of 3D printing are endless. This technology will change the future of the world and they way that economies work. Why buy something when you can print it at home? The future looks good.

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O brave new world!

 

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Youtube- National Geographic Known Universe S03E06 Print Tools

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IOP Science- Hybrid printing of mechanically and biologically improved constructs for cartilage tissue engineering applications

The Star- Scientists develop 3D tissue printer that prints cartilage

Kid Allergic to Everything, Attends School Via a Mobile Robot

Devon Carrow’s allergies are so severe that simply being around other children can be life threatening.  He spends nearly all of his time in isolation, and subsists on a diet of corn, apples and carrots.  And yet, he attends school every single day.

Devon sends a robot to school equipped with HD cameras and other useful gizmos in his place.  His robot is called a roboswot, or a VGO robot, and it is designed to allow Devon to go to school without actually, you know, dying. The robot costs approximately $6000 dollars and an additional $1200 per year for routine maintenance, which is still far less than, say, university tuition.

The roboswot allows Devon to interact with his class mates, move from classroom to classroom, and even comes equipped with an LED light that he can use in place of raising his hand.

Devon might be allergic to life, but according to his mom,

he’s required to do everything every other kid does in the class

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/devon-carrow-robot-school_n_1942802.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/19830587

http://www.vgocom.com/sites/default/files/vgo_press_faq_v0712.pdf

Electronic Brain Implants Increase Intelligence

Scientists have successfully improved the thinking ability in primates through an electronic brain implant in the cerebral cortex. The decision making abilities of the primates were restored, and in many cases improved.

The scientists trained rhesus monkeys over the course of two years to gain a 75% efficiency in a basic image matching game. After mapping the monkeys’ brains with probes in the cerebral cortex, the began step two.

They got the monkeys cranked up on cocaine.  No, seriously.  While under the effect of the cocaine, the monkeys’ score on the matching game dropped by 20%. But, by stimulating the correct neurons with the probes, the monkeys’ scores returned to the 75% level. When the scientists activated the probes under normal conditions, the scores improved to unprecedented levels.

Scientists believe this is the beginning of  truly and permanently helping victims of brain trauma return to their previous selves.  It could also lead to hyper intelligent humans.

Don’t be surprised if newborns start explaining quantum entanglement to their parents.  That’s just the implants doing their job.

New Zealand Hobbit Coins are Legal Tender

New Zealand has begun to distribute gold coins with Dwarvish and English inscriptions depicting pictures of various Tolkien characters in anticipation for the first installation of the new Hobbit Movie.

Most of the coins have a retail value of $3027 but are only worth $10 at face value.  They are also offering $1 coins worth just over $29.

I’m confident all true Tolkien fans will be investing in these invaluable treasures and heading to the Prancing Pony for some quality belligerence.