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For most age groupers and amateur athletes, being featured on the cover of a magazine is an elusive dream. The Swiss magazine ‘Fit for Life’ has found a way to change that. It offers readers and subscribers the opportunity to upload their own winning shots for a personalized cover – thanks to digital printing technology.

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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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Scientists from the University of California at San Diego developed a new 3D printing method to print tiny fish-like robots that are able to detect and remove toxins from liquids. The microfish are powered by hydrogen peroxide and are magnetically controlled.

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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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As a new industry, medical marijuana food producers are exploring new terrain in marketing and packaging their products. There are strict legal requirements with different regional laws on the one hand, and the need to educate customers on the other hand. Marjorie Fischer, brand manager at Auntie Dolores, shared her insights and perspectives.

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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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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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3D printing has already changed medicine in many areas with new prosthetics, implants and even 3D printed cells and tissue. Now, scientists are developing 3D printed pills that could usher in a new era of drug manufacturing and delivery.

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In disaster areas and underdeveloped countries it is very important not only to supply the right humanitarian aid but also to get it to the right places. With his project Field Ready, Andrew Lamb is tackling both simultaneously: he manufactures necessary items with 3D printers right where they are needed.

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Smart fabrics are all the rage. Companies around the world are developing jerseys with integrated sensors and bike shirts with GPS functionality. One area especially shows great potential: printed electronics. For example, Wearable Life Science is looking for companies that can print conductive and washable materials onto fabrics.