Spinning Webs and Microstructures

Betterhumans has a story about a new technology for “printing” 3-D devices as small as one that could fit inside a human hair. The abstract for the paper in the journal Nature is available online as is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report.

Talk about foundation building.the article mentions such technologies could eventually benefit tissue engineering, nanotechnology, microfluidics, and photonics efforts, all of which are likely to be the foundation for unprecedented change in the coming decades.

Nature has already, through evolution, come up with some incredibly powerful technologies inside of organisms. Researchers continue to learn valuable lessons from biology and these insights are helping us to build new tools. The melding of the biological with the technological, I think, is the single most important driver of change in our time.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).