Chicken photo bomb

My boss just asked why I didn’t put error bars on my data points.

I did. They were just too tiny to see.

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collections that are raw as fuck ➝ elie saab s/s 2014

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credit: Matt

I will never not reblog this gif.
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This person made so many Disney gender swaps THEYARELEGIT



Whenever I see pictures like this 


on the internet I always think “That is something Levi would do for Cath” and I have too much fun imagining Cath’s reaction to it.

Fun Fact: that person ordered a caramel macchiato. A delicious drink.
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3D printing with stem cells could lead to printable organs

A potentially breakthrough 3D-printing process using human stem cells could be the precursor to printing organs from a patient’s own cells.

Some day in the future, when you need a kidney transplant, you may get a 3D-printed organ created just for you. If scientists are able to achieve that milestone, they may look back fondly at a breakthrough printing process pioneered by researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland in collaboration with Roslin Cellab, a stem cell technology company.

The printer creates 3D spheroids using delicate embryonic cell cultures floating in a “bio ink” medium. They end up looking like little bubbles. Each droplet can contain as few as five stem cells. Basically, this comes down to the printer “ink” being stem cells rather than plastic or another material.

Dr. Will Shu is part of the research team working on the project. “In the longer term, we envisage the technology being further developed to create viable 3D organs for medical implantation from a patient’s own cells, eliminating the need for organ donation, immune suppression, and the problem of transplant rejection,” Shu said in a release from Heriot-Watt.

Perhaps most importantly, the stem cells survived the printing process and remained viable. Shu says this is the first time human embryonic stem cells have been 3D printed. Printing out organs may be far down the line, but it’s just one potential application. The method could also be used to print out human tissue for drug testing.

The research results have just been published in Biofabrication under the title “Development of a valve-based cell printer for the formation of human embryonic stem cell spheroid aggregates.”

While things like 3D-printed Mobius bacon strips and crazy pointy shoes are a lot of fun, it’s applications like this that could really turn 3D printing into a world changer.


I don’t think this is “could be” scenario. This IS happening right now, and we absolutely will be using 3D-printing technology in this way, probably sooner than we even expect.

Fucking hell science is amazing and I want to squish and hug those people so hard for being so amazing ok.

So I really hate to be a Debbie Downer. I think this is really cool, and I like to see this kind of collaboration between biologists and engineers.

But…I think this article is exaggerating the research paper a teensy bit. The original research simply shows that you can use this printing technology to deposit a droplet of a definite amount of stem cells onto a dish, and that you can control the volume/concentration of the cells in the droplet, etc. Don’t get me wrong, this would be pretty useful; the current technique for obtaining definite numbers of cells involves an obnoxious counting process under a microscope, or fluorescent sorting of cells (which can be inaccurate), etc…

To say that this will allow for 3D printing of entire organs may be kind of misleading. The image this pulls up, of a 3D printer making an actual organ, I don’t think this could work…really, you would print these little droplets of stem cells, but then the stem cells would still have to differentiate into the cells that make up the organ.

This is still awesome…I just think it’s interesting how mainstream articles choose to represent a research paper in order to get people excited. It is actually a good technique, to think about what could happen rather than what actually happened. I think this technology will be developed more and will eventually be used therapeutically, but it’s not there yet.

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