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 living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona.