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Forced to react: 3D printing can stretch a single cell

A cell is a tiny compartment, the most fundamental architectural unit of life. Like in the context of a whole body, every cell is highly interactive with its surroundings. As a result, cells gather and form functional communities such as tissues and organs. In those communities,... click to read more

  • Marc Hippler | PhD Student at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kai Weißenbruch | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Functional Interfaces, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Martin Bastmeyer | Professor at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 16, 2021
World’s first microscale ‘transformer’ robot

The live-action Transformers film series features Autobots, mechanical, modular robotic lifeforms that could change their bodies into various alternative modes such as weapons, vehicles or machinery, and help save our planet from alien threats. Inspired by this fantasy, scientists and engineers have been developing technologies... click to read more

  • Tian-Yun Huang | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
  • Huiling Duan | Chang Jiang Chair Professor at State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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Reading time 2 min
published on Nov 26, 2020