Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home

Posted on June 19, 2015

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Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body's immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues. The new approach generates the particles in a few hours and uses only a handful of ingredients, including store-bought molasses.

What is nanotechnology?

Posted on June 19, 2015


Nanotechnology brings together electronics, physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science to create new functional systems of nanoscale dimensions, offering new possibilities in electronics, medicine, and information technology, alongside more mundane but equally fascinating improvements in cosmetics, coatings, fabrics, and lubrication. The technological challenges range from finding out how nanoparticles can improve sun cream and how nanostructured surfaces can keep clothes clean, to learning how the revolutionary steps in quantum computing, smart drug delivery, and information storage may be achieved.

Robot to 3D print a steel bridge (Video)

Posted on June 25, 2015

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Dutch startup company MX3D plans to build the world's first 3D printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal. The company hopes the technique could become standard on future construction projects. The multi-axis technique works by 3D printing metal that melts then solidifies within a second. Aided by the geometry of the overall bridge design, the strength of the metal, and support from the edge of the canal and the robot, the material is able to print horizontally without bending and falling into the water.

11 biomaterials that can heal the human body. Including, yes, biting ants

Posted on June 20, 2015

A history of Biomaterials

(9,500BC to 1000BC) Some of the first surgical sutures? Biting ants.
(600 AD) The Mayans get the first bluetooth
(1829) A developing idea: metal in the body
(1881) The quest for an artificial heart
(1926) A breakthrough: stainless steel
(The late 1940s) "Hero surgeons" + plastic = big advances
(1949) A lens to prevent blindness
(1952) The first blood vessel replacement
(1961) Hip replacements get hip
(1960s to 1980s) The field of biomaterials takes off
(1982) The first artificial heart is permanently implanted in a human
(1997) Tissue engineering becomes real
(2006) The first lab-grown organ is implanted in a human
(2013) A lab-grown brain?

It's a smart biomaterial you might eventually wear

Posted on June 20, 2015

The skirt and shoe made of kombucha

What might our clothes look like in 50 years? When textile designer Suzanne Lee was researching her book, Fashioning the Future, she found the most interesting answers to that question when she looked beyond the traditional borders of fashion design. Beyond cut, color and cloth, our style in 50 years will be driven by new materials from the corners of science. With biologists, engineers and materials scientists, she realized, she could create an entirely new strain of fashion.

Implants & Technology -- The Future of Healthcare? Kevin Warwick at TEDxWarwick

Posted on June 20, 2015

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Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, where he carries out research in artificial intelligence, control, robotics and cyborgs. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET.

Researchers Use 3D Printing to Produce Eardrum Scaffold

Posted on June 19, 2015

FUll Article

One of the more notable factors affecting the field of medical 3D printing is the simple 'cool' factor in looking at how far we have come from treatments of times long past. A common ailment, requiring medical attention through the ages, has been a perforated eardrum, which can occur due to trauma, infection, or Q-Tips.

Two different techniques were examined in the course of the research conducted, both creating scaffolds using FDA-approved copolymers designed to host cellular growth. These scaffolds were similar in size to natural eardrums, designed to have a 15mm diameter and 100µm thickness.


Posted on June 19, 2015

Some of the more interesting and educational online material about biomaterials focuses on specific topic areas, especially tissue engineering. In Time magazine's
Visions of the 21st Century issue,
Tissue Engineer is listed as the #1 job of the future in What Will Be the 10 Hottest Jobs? The Scientist's
Tissue Engineering Now Coming Into Its Own As A Scientific Field
presents a nice overview and history of the field of tissue engineering. The article includes comments by prominent tissue engineering scientists and short descriptions of specific tissue engineering projects.