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Docs turn to silkworms to spin a better bone implant

Scientists from Harvard and Tufts create silk screws and plates for use in healing bone fractures. Unlike their steel counterparts, these could dissolve in the body and even be used to deliver antibiotics.

By March 5, 2014


Silkworms work with robot to make 3D-printed dome

A team from MIT's Media Lab pair a robotic arm with a swarm of 6,500 silkworms to explore the relationship between digital and biological fabrication.

By June 10, 2013


Spider silk made without the spiders

After years of research, a team of scientists has synthesised spider silk in a laboratory setting.

By May 28, 2015


3D-printed medical device rescues baby's breath

A baby with a rare condition will get to go home for the first time thanks to a 3D-printed airway splint that is helping him breathe on his own.

By March 17, 2014


3D-printed button-bashing robot guesses phone PINs

A hacker robot takes the brute force approach to guessing smartphone PINs by just punching in numbers until it hits the right combination.

By July 24, 2013


Buzzworthy: 80,000 bees '3B print' a bottle

A recent project for Dewar's whisky involved employing hordes of bees to "print" beeswax sculptures.

By July 10, 2013


Dress to kill in this synthetic spider silk outfit

Qmonos is a tough, lightweight artificial spider silk with mass production applications, including everything from car parts to artificial blood vessels.

By May 26, 2013


Pet dragon slays at smartphone game

Beware humans, the animals are slowing taking over. First, cats and iPads. Now, lizards and smartphones. Check out this video of a tech-saavy dragon.

By December 14, 2011