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Magnetic 3D-printed structures crawl, roll, and jump
For 100 million years, amber freezes a tableau of tick's worst day ever
People recall information better through virtual reality
Attacking bacteria with shark skin-inspired surfaces
E- textiles control home appliances with the swipe of a finger
Novel microplate 3D bioprinting platform for muscle & tendon tissue engineering


Magnetic 3D-printed structures crawl, roll, and jump



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:30 PM PDT


Engineers have created soft, 3D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings. The menagerie of structures that can be magnetically manipulated includes a smooth ring that wrinkles up, a long tube that squeezes shut, a sheet that folds itself, and a spider-like 'grabber' that can crawl, roll, jump, and snap together fast enough to catch a passing ball.


For 100 million years, amber freezes a tableau of tick's worst day ever



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:27 PM PDT


This is the first time this kind of interaction between ticks and spiders has been documented in the fossil record. Even though ticks aren't a typical staple of spider diets, spiders can occasionally prey on ticks in modern ecosystems.


People recall information better through virtual reality



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:26 PM PDT


Researchers conducted one of the first in-depth analyses on whether people learn better through virtual, immersive environments, as opposed to more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional desktop computer or hand-held tablet. The researchers found that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment.


Attacking bacteria with shark skin-inspired surfaces



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


Sharks are often the subject of TV specials or news stories focusing on their attacks on humans. But scientists are finding that sharks could inspire a new type of surface that would attack bacteria, helping humans instead of hurting them. Researchers have designed a coating that is infused with antimicrobial agents and has the patterned diamond-like texture of shark skin.


E- textiles control home appliances with the swipe of a finger



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


Electronic textiles could allow a person to control household appliances or computers from a distance simply by touching a wristband or other item of clothing -- something that could be particularly helpful for those with limited mobility. Now researchers, have developed a new type of e-textile that is self-powered, highly sensitive and washable. A video of an e-wristband in action is available.


Novel microplate 3D bioprinting platform for muscle & tendon tissue engineering



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:19 AM PDT


New research describes the development of a novel screening platform with automated production of 3D muscle- and tendon-like tissues using 3D bioprinting.
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