In this week’s edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at 3D-printed lattice for cell culture, open source materials for college courses, and more!
Artist grows real human hand; inspired by work in open source
Amy Karle is growing human hand bones using 3D-printed scaffolds that have been seeded with stem cells. Karle explores human biology through technology and art through her work in the Pier 9 Residency program in San Francisco. She hopes her work can contribute to answers to important questions about human biology.
Karle has already released open source instructions for creating 3D-printed lattices for cell culture. She says she’s inspired by A neural algorithm for artistic style, and Deep Dream. She’s working on related projects that may eventually be used to create and train a neural network to imagine sculptures and garments the way she does.
College courses without textbooks
A group of community colleges in Virginia and Maryland have been selected to develop degree programs using open source materials instead of traditional textbooks. Intended to benefit first-generation and low-income students, the pilot program is expected to save students as much as $1,300 per year.
In other news
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