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“NASA scientists have been conducting research focused on harnessing the power of biology to create useful things out of what seems to be nothing”. Rob Verger of Newsweek sums it up perfectly and his article “Recycling on Mars” covers everything from reliable space trips, to human waste not going to waste, and mainly- the technology that is being carried into space.

In “Recycling on Mars”, Verger quotes Michael Flynn, an engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center who spoke about how important it is that the space stations have regular maintenance so that they won’t inevitably fail. Flynn’s point about maintaining the spaceships segue into an analogy to the human body which he explains as a more dynamic system that includes “the ability to repair itself”. The stunning abilities of the human body and biology is why, the Ames center is trying to “integrate the lessons learned from biological systems into mechanical systems”.

This is why a 3-D printer is being sent to the ISS of the SpaceX4 mission and why scientists on the mission will also bring yeast cells that could produce pigments. Making pigments is a test, and if it succeeds all sorts of materials such as cotton, bone and adhesives could be utilized so that a Mars mission is sustainable.

(Source: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/05/30/recycling-mars-251740.html)

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3D printing is #ecofriendly because it is additive manufacturing as opposed to subtractive manufacturing so that no material is wasted. If you didn’t see the 3Doodler among a ton of 3D printing buzz when this film was released, you must watch this:

Having studied 3D printers a lot, this invention is one of my favorites because it makes it easy to do 3D modeling (which is a fantastic skill set to have) and I could imagine that all kids would LOVE this as a creative toy and they would probably never get sick of it. Here’s the kickstarter campaign that pledged WAY over their goal in the first days: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351910088/3doodler-the-worlds-first-3d-printing-pen

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