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Your Next Hardware Project Might Be Biological, and Other News from the Solid Conference

Cory Doctorow passionately explains why the DMCA is about the worst thing ever

O’Reilly Media held its annual Solid conference this week in San Francisco. It’s an annual show  covering “Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things.” We found it eye-opening, informative, and occasionally controversial. Here’s some of what we heard at this year’s show: Synthetic Biology Joichi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, explained... Read more »

The Amyloid Project: Science Meets Art

The Amyloid Project is a collaboration between urbanSTEW and ASU Physics Professor Dr. Vaiana, the purpose of this project is to create a multifaceted artwork that will bring research about intrinsically disordered proteins to life. The Amyloid Project stems from a collaboration between urbanSTEW and ASU biophysics research professor, Dr. Sara... Read more »

How-To: DIY Bioprinter

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Interesting Instructable from Dr. Patrik D'haeseleer, Harvard-trained computational biologist and denizen of Sunnyvale biotech hackerspace BioCurious. Bioprinting, which is basically 3D printing with living cells, has been much in the news lately, with breathless tales of fully 3D-printed living organs and replacement body parts. There is of course a fair... Read more »

Mindstorms Robotic Hand

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Lego builder Barman makes an amazing stab at creating a fully functional Lego hand. My favorite detail is the motor that makes the fingers spread apart, which is a humanlike feature that most robot builders neglect. The hand holds 4 NXT motors to control the fingers and thumb. The 4... Read more »