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Invisible inks to guard against counterfeits

Forged products are a cause for concern across all sectors. They are especially nefarious in the pharmaceutical industry where counterfeit products, due to sub-standard quality, may pose severe health risk to consumers. No wonder that the search for solutions is intensifying. Two groups of researchers from China and Spain now made important contributions to the arsenal of anti-counterfeit measures with new inks.

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Magazine printed with HIV+ blood to raise awareness

More than three decades after the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was discovered, there is still a lot of prejudice surrounding the virus. That’s why the progressive Austrian men’s magazine Vangardist decided to print 3000 copies of the magazine with ink infused with HIV positive blood.

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Silk ink detects bacteria

In hospitals and doctor’s offices, keeping surfaces and clothes free from bacteria is paramount. Yet it is not always easy to detect where microorganisms hide. Researchers at Tufts University have found a way to address the problem with the help of an inkjet printer and a new kind of bioactive ink.

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Printed electronics keep shirts cool – literally

Cranking up the heat or the air conditioner have been common responses to changes in temperature for decades. But what if the microclimate could be controlled at the individual level? What if clothing had the capacity to become automatically thinner or thicker if the surroundings heated up or cooled down? Researchers at UC San Diego are exploring how printed electronics could help achieve this.

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