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MIT's new 3D-printer makes objects that remember their shape

3D printing has done a lot for medical science. It's helped us create better prosthetics, manufacture artificial vertebrae and even develop smaller internal cameras. Next, it could help us revolutionize medication delivery. MIT researchers are using a new 3D-printing process to create tiny …

Scientists Discover Spider-Man Isn't Realistic (Again)

Spider-Man ain’t got nothing on the Gecko, it turns out. Geckos are well-known for their ability to adhere to almost any kind of surface, making them …

This is the first object 3D-printed from alien metal

So-called "asteroid mining" company Planetary Resources is built on the belief that asteroids and other objects in space are loaded with resources that we can take advantage of, both here on Earth and as we begin to explore space in earnest. The essentially infinite supply of rocks floating through …

Space Exploration

Japan’s Dentsu Ventures invests in health tracking lab-in-a-box developer Cue

<i>(The Bridge) –</i> Dentsu Ventures, the corporate venture capital of Japanese ad agency Dentsu, announced today that it has invested an undisclosed sum in San Diego-based Cue, the startup developing a health tracking device under the same name. Financial details have not been disclosed. For Dentsu …

Speedy circuit board printer wins Dyson award

The Dyson award for engineering has been won by a high-speed printer that can produce circuit boards in just minutes.<p>The laptop-sized Voltera V-One …

Prototyping

British scientists create a 'tractor beam' of ultrasonic sound

A team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Sussex have developed the world's first functioning sonic tractor beam able to operate outside of a lab environment. The device uses 64 miniature speakers to generate high-amplitude, ultrasonic sound waves. These waves create an "acoustic …

Nature Communications

Formlabs' Form 2 is all about bigger, better and simpler 3D printing

It's been more than a year since Formlabs debuted its Form 1+ 3D printer, but that was more of a slight revamp of the company's original 2013-era Form 1 printer, rather than a true successor. That honor goes to the new Form 2 printer, which features a similar design to its predecessor, but is far …

Physicists successfully map individual atoms in 3D

Technology can evolve at such a rapid rate that many scientific discoveries are not just pushing boundaries, they're practically barging them. Example, Physicists at UCLA have managed to 3D-map the position of individual atoms to a precision of 19 trillionths of a meter (that's several times …

Physics

Tough little ‘water bears’ inspire new glass

Tiny, strangely hardy animals called water bears—or tardigrades—have led researchers to discover a new type of glass.<p>The tardigrade’s remarkable …

University of Chicago

Futuropolis: Building A Bionic Human

We have the technology (or at least some of it)<p>Could humans one day scrap our flesh-and-blood limbs for bionic ones? High-tech prosthetics are improving in leaps and bounds, so bionics seemed like the perfect topic for the fourth episode of our Futuropolis podcast. In the past few years, …

Singularity

University graduate wins James Dyson Award for 3D-printed prosthetic hand

Joel Gibbard, who graduated from Plymouth University in 2011, has created a prosthetic hand that costs far less than current artificial limbs<p>A robotics graduate has won the James Dyson Award for a 3D-printed prosthetic hand that costs a fraction of current artificial limbs.<p>Joel Gibbard, a robotics …

This Super-Strong 3-D Printer Material Lets You Print Tough Stuff Like Chains And Cogs

The next step in 3-D printing our entire world.<p>You can switch out the ink in your fancy photo printer, and now you can switch out the resin in your 3-D printer. Want something a little more heavy duty than your standard 3-D printed object? FormLabs’ Tough Resin is a new printer material for making …