The Bathynomus propinquus

Testing the new Gutenberg editor of WordPress : the visit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

One of the most surprising animals of the last century :  the Bathynomus propinquus

Why this nice fluffy has such big eyes if he leaves in the soil of the dark deep ocean?

I first read about the giant isopod in the wonderful book “In the Blink of an Eye” by Andrew Parker, a surprising tour in evolution and the Cambrian explosion , see the enlightened game of life.

Recently, I was able to visit the Harvard Museum of Natural Hystory, where you find the footprints of writers and scientists as Stephen Jay Could, and you can meet the fluffy puppy above.

With a primitive fish (the one smiling but without glasses) at the Harvard Museum

Read many books for many years ! (and visit the museums)

Impressive Web-impact of the graphene 3D bone-printing !

Web-Press release on graphene for 3D bone-printing

https://www.cnr.it/it/comunicato-stampa/7895/foglietti-di-grafene-come-stampi-per-costruire-nuove-protesi-ossee-personalizzate

Foglietti di grafene come stampi per costruire nuove protesi ossee personalizzate

https://agensir.it/quotidiano/2018/1/24/ricerca-scientifica-universita-cattolicacnr-sviluppati-foglietti-di-grafene-come-stampi-per-costruire-nuove-protesi-ossee-personalizzate/

Protesi ossee: in futuro saranno con foglietti di grafene

https://isnello.virgilio.it/notizielocali/foglietti_di_grafene_come_stampi_per_costruire_nuove_protesi_ossee_personalizzate-54268140.html

http://www.adnkronos.com/soldi/economia/2018/01/24/grafene-arrivo-protesi-ossee-tessuti-antifiamma_S23zoadjJRR2FB1Ts5dgYO.html

Ricerca, foglietti di grafene per la stampa di protesi ossee su misura

Foglietti di grafene come stampi per costruire nuove protesi ossee personalizzate

http://www.lescienze.it/lanci/2018/01/24/news/cnr_foglietti_di_grafene_come_stampi_per_costruire_nuove_protesi_ossee_personalizzate-3833161/

Download  web-press-release here :  CNR Web Release

Download full web-press-release (33MB) :  CNR Web Release full

2D Materials paper: Laser printing of Graphene Surfaces for Bone Tissue Regeneration

Graphene and Graphene oxide (GO) are capable of inducing stem cells differentiation into bone tissue with variable efficacy depending on reductive state of the material. Thus, modulation of osteogenic process and of bone mineral density distribution is theoretically possible by controlling the GO oxidative state. In this study, we laser-printed GO surfaces in order to obtain both a local photo-thermal GO reduction and the formation of nano-wrinkles along precise geometric pattern. Initially, after cells adhered on the surface, stem cells migrated and accumulated on the reduced and wrinkled surface. When the local density of the stem cells on the reduced stripes was high, cells started to proliferate and occupy the oxidized/flat area. The designed surfaces morphology guided stem cell orientation and the reduction accelerated differentiation. Furthermore the reduced sharp nano-wrinkles were able to enhance the GO antibacterial activity against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), common cause of prosthetic joints infections. This strategy can offer a revolution in present and future trends of scaffolds design for regenerative medicine.

Palmieri, V., Barba, M., Pietro, L.D., Gentilini, S., Braidotti, M.C., Ciancico, C., Bugli, F., Ciasca, G., Larciprete, R., Lattanzi, W., Sanguinetti, M., Spirito, M.D., Conti, C., Papi, M. (2017) “Reduction and shaping of graphene-oxide by laser-printing for controlled bone tissue regeneration and bacterial killing”2D Materials 

See also

http://www.newcomplexlight.org/nanotechweb-org-on-laser-printed-bone-tissue-by-graphene/

Designing Beauty: The Art of Cellular Automata

A new book on the Game of Life, and specifically on the Art of the Game of Life has been published by Springer. Edited by A. Adamatzky and Genaro J. Martinez, the book is part of the Series on Emergence, Complexity and Computation with artistic representations from simple mathematical models at the edge of physics and biology. The book contains a chapter by C. Conti on the Enlightened Game of Life.