We’re all created unique, and soon our 3D printed skin grafts will reflect that.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool, U.K. are taking the first step toward individualized, natural looking 3D printed skin. It’s a daunting undertaking, since each person’s skin has a unique smattering of freckles, wrinkles and veins coursing through it. But the project’s leader, Dr. Sophie Wuerger, has high hopes.
Dr. Wuerger and her group are working on a system which will tailor-print skin to match individual patients. To do this, the team is first developing a 3D scanning camera which will construct 3D images of a patient’s skin in varying light levels. The data from these scans will then be used to print patient-specific skin grafts.
JG Ballard’s vagina-scope windshield.
A Ballardian, luxury post-apocalypse hotel:
Concept design for a floating, self sustaining “arc hotel”
“Designed to withstand floods, tidal waves and rising ocean levels as well as earthquakes and other natural disasters, the hotel concept would float and function independently on the surface of a body of water, providing a green, self-sustaining environment for guests who presumably, would never have to leave”
A collaboration between a Stanford ant biologist and a computer scientist has revealed that the behavior of harvester ants as they forage for food mirrors the protocols that control traffic on the Internet.
Molecular model of a bacterial ribosome showing the RNA and protein components in the form of ribbon models. In the large (50S) subunit the 23S RNA is shown in cyan, the 5S RNA in green and the associated proteins in purple. In the small (30S) subunit the 16S RNA is shown in yellow and the proteins in orange. The three solid elements in the centre of the ribosome, coloured green, red and reddish brown are the transfer RNAs (tRNAs) in the A, P and E sites respectively. The anticodon loops of the tRNAs are buried in a cleft in the small subunit where they interact with mRNA. The other ends of the tRNA, which carry the peptide and amino acid, are buried in the peptidyl transferase centre of the large subunit, where peptide bond formation occurs.