3D Printing Brain Tissue Is Now Possible

3D printing is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. With it, researchers can produce anything from teeth to functioning hearts — and they’re not stopping there. An Australian public research university has found a way to treat brain diseases by 3D printing brain tissue.

The treatment is based on the 3D printing of tissue from human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are stem cells that have the capability of differentiating into any type of adult cell, including brain cells.

With brain illnesses being the most difficult to treat, 3D printing can consider this one of its greatest successes. Anyone can donate iPSCs. Machines use a custom-designed bioink for printing.

“By developing this further we will be able to generate healthy and diseased tissues for research, identifying better drugs for medicine and replacing or repairing damaged tissues or organs due to injury or disease.”

The range of printable neurons can tackle conditions such as epilepsy and schizophrenia. While we cannot yet print entire brains, there is hope for transplantable organs.

“There’s no doubt that sometime in the future engineering tissues by bioprinting iPSCs will be routinely performed for surgical treatments of patients with damaged or diseased tissue,”

The tissue, which can also be used to screen new drugs, is surely a breakthrough for the books.

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Cook Up A Meal With This Biodegradable Grill

Over the past year, we’ve seen recycling at its best, using old materials to create unexpected products. From backpacks made of car parts to trash packaging, many resources are proving that they can be useful even after expiring. This biodegradable grill is no exception. The CasusGrill is a one-use product — and you can toss it anywhere.

The grill is made from all natural materials that readily biodegrade… Its outer body is recycled cardboard. A layer of natural rocks form an inner shell, which insulate the cardboard from the flames… And then on the very inside, a flat layer of match-lit bamboo charcoal provides a perfectly even layer of heat. The grate above is made from bamboo, too.

The CasusGrill retails for only $8, a steal considering the product burns for around an hour. Comparatively, it decomposes much quicker than a disposable aluminum grill, which takes nearly 400 years to break down.

Those evenly spaced charcoal briquette disks? They’re far more geometrically efficient for distributing heat than dumping charcoal into a container would be. So you can get by with less charcoal.

While it may be costly to regular grillers, the product is definitely worth the buck for something more seasonal.

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Eliminate Mosquitoes With This Genius Bat House

Some animals have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of humans and give back to nature. They have helped restore forests and even acted as guides for other animals. Sometimes, they are indebted to us, and other times, we are to them. This genius bat house provides shelter to occasional visitors and also helps households eliminate mosquitoes.

Made of sustainably sourced, rot-resistant cedar, the four bat box models feature clean lines and angular edges.

Creators Harrison Broadhurst and Christoper Rännefors ensured that the boxes had features like grip pads, good ventilation, and appropriate spacing between interior panels.

Because bats are insect-loving mammals, you can also say goodbye to any potential mosquito problems.

Broadhurst and Rännefors founded the bat-friendly startup because of concerns over the spread of the Zika virus and an awareness that chemicals used to kill mosquitoes can also poison local wildlife. But the average bat can eat thousands of insects in a single night.

The bat house, playfully dubbed BatBnB, is a clever solution to backyard pests. And where I’m currently living? You can count me in.

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Designer Babies On The Way?

More perfect human beings are coming.

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon

This is a first for America:

Until now, American scientists have watched with a combination of awe, envy, and some alarm as scientists elsewhere were first to explore the controversial practice. To date, three previous reports of editing human embryos were all published by scientists in China.

And:

In altering the DNA code of human embryos, the objective of scientists is to show that they can eradicate or correct genes that cause inherited disease, like the blood condition beta-thalassemia. The process is termed “germline engineering” because any genetically modified child would then pass the changes on to subsequent generations via their own germ cells—the egg and sperm.

I think it’s just a matter of time before modified human embryos get implanted into a womb – which will then lead to a human race free of many inherited diseases.

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The Placebo Effects

The Placebo Effect is a powerful one, and it takes place mainly in the mind. The sugar pill can “heal” a variety of ailments, as long as the patient believes that the pill is anything but sugar.

But there is something new about the Placebo Effect:

Scientists have been studying this incredibly complex interface in great detail over the past 15 years, and they’re finding that sugar pills are stranger and more useful than we’ve previously imagined. The new science of placebo is bringing new understanding to why alternative treatments — like acupuncture and reiki — help some people. And it could also potentially allow us to one day prescribe smaller doses of pain drugs to help address the opioid crisis currently ravaging America.

In particular, there is more than one effect – hence “The Placebo Effects”:

There is no one placebo response. It’s a family of overlapping psychological phenomena.

Discover the 6 different placebo effects, and how they can now be used to achieve the goals the patient wishes to achieve, instead of just dismissing it as being ineffective. After all – the patient does get better, and that’s what’s most important to him.

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Book-Writing Is Possible, Even For Non-Writers

The truth is, anyone can write a book. There is no need to seek permission or validation. If people have published books from prison cells, you pretty much have the license to do so anywhere and anytime you please. It will happen — but not without the effort.

Everything about writing is easier said than done. While it’s possible for a non-writer to produce a bestseller, being articulate doesn’t always come naturally. If this is the case, take a writing class. Learn the fundamentals. Figure out how to say what you want to say so that readers are interested and enticed. Now would be a good time to revive past English papers — even the nightmarish ones.

When you think you’ve reigned in (and possibly mastered) some valuable skills, decide what you want to write about. Don’t worry about how your idea may be received. Think about what is meaningful to you and possibly to others. Most important is your outline. Come up with a beginning, middle, and end — but allow things to change.

Set daily goals. Writing a book is not a weekly activity. While a burst of inspiration may up your word count over the weekend, you could encounter a stump. Think about how much writing you can achieve in a day, whether by pages or word count. And don’t bite off more than you can chew. It’s not about writing a lot but writing frequently. Don’t forget to set overall goals as well. Don’t worry about length — but consider whether you want your book to be novella-style or standard length.

In line with setting goals is organizing your schedule. If your daily life is fairly regulated, pick a time to write each day. Think of your schedule as a strict deadline, otherwise you won’t be motivated. Reward yourself for a good job done every now and then.

Publishing a book is not just about you. Find someone who can help edit your work. While it is a good and necessary investment to find a renowned editor, gather feedback from your family and friends. With that being said, don’t take criticism personally. More often than not, people are not out to attack your writing. Be constantly open-minded and think about what others would enjoy as well.

When all is said and done, decide whether you want to hire a publisher or self-publish. While self-publishing may seem like the reasonable thing to do as a first-time book writer, it also demands more work. Are you willing to take risks? Can you go the extra mile? Weigh the pros and cons of each option. Perhaps you can consult with someone involved in the publishing world.

See your book through to the end. Be proud of yourself, separate from sales. Most of all, keep writing. You don’t have to produce another book. If you’ve fallen in love with the craft, there are many different ways to engage with it. Keep practicing! Start a blog. Write a column. Create a zine. Constantly hone your skills. You never know when you’ll come up with something even more meaningful.

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This Solar-Powered Village Is For The Homeless

We have seen the likes of solar-powered cellphones and commuter trains become a reality. But an entire community of energy-neutral homes seems slightly out of our reach. Maybe not for the Dutch. Studio Elmo Vemijs has erected a solar-powered village for the homeless.

The architects designed the tiny homes specifically for individuals suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and anyone that simply has trouble living in a traditional home environment.

Skaeve Huses or “special homes” in the Netherlands are mostly intended for transients. However, the village hopes to be a more permanent solution for those who need it.

All of the structures are made out of a corrugated steel facade with protruding window frames, but each has a unique color scheme. The interior layouts include an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, bathroom along with large windows that provide optimal natural light on the interior.

While halfway houses focus on recovery, designers at Studio Elmo Vemijs believe a home must also have a relaxing aesthetic. Each villa is designed to ensure privacy but avoid isolation. I’ve got to hand it to the Dutch. They sure know how to give back in more ways than one.

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Medical Algorithm Helps Patients Walk Again

Throughout the years, patients with neurological disorders have relied on prosthetics and animal testing in the hopes of regaining the ability to walk. In the U.S. alone, nearly 5.4 million people suffer from a type of paralysis. Expensive and often difficult to obtain, treatments are hard to come by. But this new medical algorithm can help the nervous system ‘relearn’ movements.

The smart walk assist is an innovative body-weight support system because it manages to resist the force of gravity and push the patient back and forth, to the left and to the right, or in more of these directions at once, which recreates a natural gait and movement that the patients need in their day to day lives.

After just a single hour on the harness and algorithm, all 30 tested patients saw an improvement. The procedure has overcome the obstacle of losing muscle mass and neurological wiring.

This is a smart, discreet, and efficient assistance that will aid rehabilitation of many persons with neurological disorders.”

While patients are literally taking it a step at a time, this is definitely a huge leap for the medical field.

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Energy-Producing Patch Uses Sweat To Create Power

It seems wearable technology is the new craze for gadget enthusiasts. From fitness trackers sewn into fabric to temporary e-skin sensors that monitor your health, anything nowadays seems possible. Lately, innovators have created an energy-producing patch that powers electronics using sweat.

[The] flexible square patch… can be applied to the skin, where enzymes in the device could feed on human sweat to produce power.

Although it measured just a few centimeters in size, a single square, or biofuel cell, was able to generate enough power to run a radio for an entire two days.

Looks like power cuts could be the least of our worries — and I’m not complaining. Later versions of the patch create up to ten times more energy. Biofuel cells are almost limitless. They allow us to monitor health and exchange information, all while being non-invasive.

Eventually, they’ll become less expensive, making them a great alternative to devices like conventional blood glucose monitors that require patients to prick their fingers multiple times per day, or permanent surgical implants like pacemakers.

Wearables have, in the past year, proven to be effective and affordable. If less pain means gain, I’m all for it.

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Boy Discovers 1-Million-Year-Old Fossil

Hiking is always an exciting activity. You discover a lot of things — about yourself, about nature, and if you’re this young boy, occasionally a 1-million-year-old fossil. The bones were from a Stegomastodon, or prehistoric elephant.

“I was running farther up, and I tripped on part of the tusk,” Jude Sparks, who was hiking in the desert with his parents and brothers, said. “My face landed next to the bottom jaw. I looked farther up, and there was another tusk.”

Talk about sheer coincidence! The family immediately contacted the New Mexico State University, who confirmed that the skull was only one of two complete fossils. The skull measured to weigh nearly a ton.

“I have every hope and expectation that this specimen will ultimately end up on exhibit and this little boy will be able to show his friends, and even his own children, ‘Look what I found right here in Las Cruces,'” [said NMSU professor Peter Houde].

As for the rest of the animal’s remains, there’s a chance they are hiding nearby. “It’s quite possible it was preserved.”

While the skull was held together by surrounding sediment, it’s possible the rest of the skeleton eroded away. Whatever the case, Jude now has an incredible story to tell.

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