What Happens Next

Revolutions come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common- they eventually come to an end.

Smithsonian: “Soon, Your Doctor Could Print a Human Organ on Demand”

“We’re getting close, with “simple” organs like skin, the external ear, the tube-like trachea. At the same time, Atala can’t help but look to what might come next. At his most sanguine, he likes to envision a vast bioprinting industry capable of cranking out big and complex organs without which the body would fail, like… Read More

Business Insider: Tesla May Use Graphene Batteries in Near Future

“Tesla’s critically acclaimed all-electric Model S sedan can travel roughly 265 miles on a single charge, according to the EPA, but CEO Elon Musk last month said “it will be possible to have a 500-mile range car,” adding “in fact, we could do it quite soon.” According to China’s Xinhua news agency (via Gas2 and… Read More

ExtremeTech: “Graphene aerogel is seven times lighter than air, can balance on a blade of grass.”

“Chinese material scientists have created the world’s lightest material: A graphene aerogel that is seven times lighter than air, and 12% lighter than the previous record holder (aerographite). A cubic centimeter of the graphene aerogel weighs just 0.16 milligrams — or, if you’re having a problem conceptualizing that, a cubic meter weighs just 160 grams… Read More

Popular Science: “Scientists 3-D Print With Human Embryonic Stem Cells”

“After being squeezed out of a thin valve, the cells were still alive and viable, and able to transform into any other cell in the body, the researchers say. It’s the first time anyone has printed human embyronic stem cells, said lead researcher Will Wenmiao Shu, a professor at Heriot-Watt. But … why? Eventually, they… Read More

NYTimes: “Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow”

“Graphene is the strongest, thinnest material known to exist. A form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better than anything else. And get ready for this: It is not only the hardest material in the world, but also one of the most pliable. Only a single atom thick, it has been called the… Read More