Technology Tuesday: April 5

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Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.

This week: For the first time 3D printed drugs are commercially available, Tesla unveils their Model 3, Using stem cells to repair spinal injuries, a tiny solar panel for your phone, and new, super efficient batteries.


The First 3D Printed Medicine

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Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has become the first medicine brand in the world to tap in the huge potential of 3D technology by introducing its 3D printed drug, Spritam. After getting the required approval from the US FDA, the drug is now available to the consumers in the United States.

The successful launch of Spritam is expected to boost the research and development of other 3D printed drugs as well. While several other pharmaceutical companies are pushing hard to bring out their own products using the pioneering 3D technology, Spritam has successfully negotiated the research, clinical trial and approval stages to become the first ever prescription medicine to come out of 3D printers in a pharmaceutical lab.

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Tesla Model 3 Unveiled

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After ten years of waiting, Tesla has revealed the Model 3, the vehicle that CEO Elon Musk hopes will take the electric car to the masses.

At the unveiling of the Model 3 this evening at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the car will deliver at least 215 miles of range beginning at just $35,000 — that’s a bold claim, and an important one for Tesla to meet. Musk is “fairly confident” that deliveries will begin by the end of 2017, and “you will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000, even with no options.” And it will be one of the safest cars in the world, according to Musk.

 

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Scientists Successfully Repair Spinal
Damage in Mice With Stem Cells

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With patches of stem cells on their broken spinal cords, partially paralyzed rats once again reached out and grabbed distant treats, researchers report in Nature Medicine.

While previous studies have shown progress in regenerating certain types of nerve cells in injured spinal cords, the study is the first to coax the regrowth of a specific set of nerve cells, called corticospinal axons. These bundles of biological wiring carry signals from the brain to the spinal cord and are critical for voluntary movement. In the study, researchers were able to use stem cells from rats and humans to mend the injured rodents.

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A Light and Reliable Solar Panel To Charge Your Phone

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The push for solar technology is normally rather large-scale, with nations creating bigger and better solar farms. But what about small scale? At best, new products are for houses or buildings. But what about the solar needs of the individual? Where are the smaller and sleeker (and more affordable) solar panels?

Most solar chargers are either gimmicks that would struggle to juice up a lemon, or giant packs you need a car to haul around. Goal Zero’s new Nomad 7 Plus looks like it might be the holy grail – small, cheap, and useful.

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New Super Efficient Liquid Metal Batteries

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Liquid metal batteries, invented by MIT professor Donald Sadoway and his students a decade ago, are a promising candidate for making renewable energy more practical. The batteries, which can store large amounts of energy and thus even out the ups and downs of power production and power use, are in the process of being commercialized by a Cambridge-based startup company, Ambri.

Now, Sadoway and his team have found yet another set of chemical constituents that could make the technology even more practical and affordable, and open up a whole family of potential variations that could make use of local resources.

 

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