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3D-printed scaffolds may make for improved diabetes treatment

One way sufferers of type 1 diabetes may compensate for a lack of insulin is through an experimental procedure called pancreatic islet transplantation, a process that sees clusters of cells transplanted from the pancreas of a healthy donor. A side effect of this is the need for ongoing doses of immunosuppressant drugs to stop the body attacking the foreign cells. But a new approach that sees these clusters protected by a 3D-printed scaffold is showing promise as a delivery technique, potentially pointing to less painstaking ways to manage the condition.

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World’s first photosynthetic living matter-infused 3D-printed wearable

Speaking at the 2015 TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, MIT professor Neri Oxman has displayed what is claimed to be the world’s first 3D-printed photosynthetic wearable prototype embedded with living matter. Dubbed "Mushtari," the wearable is constructed from 58 meters (190 ft) of 3D-printed tubes coiled into a mass that emulates the construction of the human gastrointestinal tract. Filled with living bacteria designed to fluoresce and produce sugars or bio-fuel when exposed to light, Mushtari is a vision of a possible future where symbiotic human/microorganism relationships may help us explore other worlds in space. Read More
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Gizmag's top picks from SaloneSatellite 2015

Running alongside the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the SaloneSatellite celebrated its 18th edition this year. Showcasing the work of 700 emerging young designers under the age of 35, and 18 international schools, the theme of this year's exhibition was "Pianeta vita" (Life planet). The show adopted the theme from this year's EXPO "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," which was expressed through various student installations and the presentation of unique projects specially created for the event. Here's a look at Gizmag's top picks from this year's SaloneSatellite. Read More
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