29 Jan '16, 11am

4D printed flowers could be the first step toward a medical breakthrough

Jennifer Lewis and her team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have been using cellulose fibers from wood pulp to create glowing 3D printed flowers that bend and twist when placed in water. The secret to the flowers’ shape? The fibers are mixed with a jelly-like substance called acrylamide hydrogel, which expands when wet. Because the fibers can be printed to line up in a specific direction, the gel expands lengthwise, but not sideways. Using mathematical models, the team is able to create crisscross designs, aligning the fibers so that the flowers bend in specific, predetermined shapes.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/4d-printed-flowers-could-be-the-firs...

Tweets

#Luispokel ]

inhabitat.com 29 Jan '16, 8pm

To coincide with the release of the new Fairphone 2, the environmentally-conscious smartphone , artist Alan Nguyen teamed ...

The world’s first 100% solar-powered five-star ...

inhabitat.com 29 Jan '16, 8pm

The world's first 5-star resort to be completely powered by solar proves that luxury does not have to be sacrificed in the...

We Have Got To Go! The world's first 100% #Sola...

inhabitat.com 30 Jan '16, 2pm

The world's first 5-star resort to be completely powered by solar proves that luxury does not have to be sacrificed in the...

LEGO reveals its first disabled wheelchair-boun...

inhabitat.com 30 Jan '16, 7pm

It’s been a good week for toys – Mattel announced that Barbie is expanding beyond the leggy, blue eyed, blonde haired mold...

SOM debuts "world's largest #3D-printed polymer...

inhabitat.com 30 Jan '16, 9am

Each segment of the corridor-like structure is created separately using 3D-printing technology, and then assembled whereve...

SOM debuts "world's largest 3D-printed polymer ...

inhabitat.com 28 Jan '16, 7pm

Each segment of the corridor-like structure is created separately using 3D-printing technology, and then assembled whereve...

MdAA turned an old stable into amazing apartment with an elevated “treehouse” bed...

MdAA turned an old stable into amazing apartmen...

inhabitat.com 28 Jan '16, 6am

, headed by Massimo d'Alessandro, turned an old derelict stable into a luxury apartment in Rome. Dubbed Trastevere ’09 aft...

VA's McDonald sets 12 'breakthrough priorities' for 2016

VA's McDonald sets 12 'breakthrough priorities'...

stripes.com 21 Jan '16, 10pm

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald at the National Press Club in November, 2015. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes R...