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BioPen 'draw' live cells onto patients

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BioPen developed, uses 3D printing methods to 'draw' live cells onto patients Press Trust of India,December 26, 2013

Doctors may soon be able to 'draw' new bone, skin and muscle on to patients, after scientists created a pen-like device that can apply human cells directly on to seriously injured people.

The device contains stem cells and growth factors and will give surgeons greater control over where the materials are deposited.

It will also reduce the time the patient is in surgery by delivering live cells and growth factors directly to the site of injury, accelerating the regeneration of functional bone and cartilage, scientists said.

The device developed at the University of Wollongong (UOW) will eliminate the need to harvest cartilage and grow it for weeks in a lab.

The BioPen works similar to 3D printing methods by delivering cell material inside a bio-polymer such as alginate, a seaweed extract, protected by a second, outer layer of gel material.

The two layers of gel…

Ku Li is the hero

Today, Ku Li is a hero. However, 23 years ago, he was a pariah. But what he said 23 years ago is what he is still saying today. Hmm….the Malaysian mind, in particular the Chinese mind, is most difficult to comprehend. THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin However, Ku Li continued: “Let me make it clear, these developments (the decrease of the number of Malays holding key positions in the corporate sector) are not related to racial issues or the special rights of Malays being ignored.” He pointed out that Malays should not blame others for monopolising economic wealth as they have been given numerous opportunities. The problem actually lies in the lack of necessary knowledge among Malays and thus, they are unable to succeed in the highly competitive business environment. If they still refuse to make progress and instead continue to rely on the government, then they are bound to be drowned in the wave of globalisation. Concisely, he raised the key issues while hitting the vital poin…

Perkasa playing with religious fire

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Analysts shred Perkasa’s warning of Christian tsunamiBY JENNIFER GOMEZ
DECEMBER 11, 2013 A Christian tsunami at the next general election? Not likely, say political analysts, who pooh-poohed Malay rights group Perkasa for turning the country’s religious minority into a bogeyman. Analysts said if the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) Government was sensitive to the needs of Christians, it need not worry about any threat to the survival of Malays and Islam in the country. A bigger concern was the impact of the “Allah” ruling, said political analyst Khoo Kay Peng, adding that it touched on Christian sensitivities, especially since there was worldwide condemnation over the ruling. "Christianity is practised by only 9% of the Malaysian population. The only electoral threat could come from Sabah and Sarawak. If the BN-led government is sensitive to the needs of Christians, there should not be any threat," he said. Last Saturday, Perkasa's Datuk Zulkifli Noordin (pic) highlighted sev…

Low-Cost Titanium Powders changing 3D Printing

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Automotive Parts 3D Printed Using Low-Cost Titanium Powders Published on December 6, 2013 at 8:11 AM For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed byMetalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing ‘revolution’ has focused on the use of plastics - cheap printers’ feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because titanium powders currently sell for $200 - $400 per kilogram, until now. Metalysis has developed a new way of producing low-cost titanium powder, which heralds a new era in additive layer manufacture and will see greater use of titanium in components across the automotive, aerospace and defence industries. In a further development, the titanium powder used to manufacture the automotive parts is also a world-first, as Metalysis has created titanium from rutile sand, a naturally occurring titanium ore present in beach sands, in one single step. The use of this inexpensive and plentif…

Umno doom and gloom

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Only doom and gloom awaitsCT Ali | December 5, 2013 Malay economic empowerment as promised by Umno is, for most Malays, fool’s gold! COMMENT What is happening in Malaysia today is the economic empowerment of a small number of well-connected Malays who have become insanely wealthy through the use of state and federal power to acquire business opportunities from the government, from other people and through the acquisition of assets other people created. All these economic activities have been fully funded by banks and financial institutions under the control of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government. These people are well entrenched in the economic and political hierarchies – positions critical to the financial well being of their corporations where the size of their debts to these financial institutions are of no consequence. The largest of these corporate empires belongs to Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary- 8th richest Malaysian according to Forbes – with a debt of RM34 billion to match. All…

Umno doom and gloom

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Only doom and gloom awaitsCT Ali | December 5, 2013 Malay economic empowerment as promised by Umno is, for most Malays, fool’s gold! COMMENT What is happening in Malaysia today is the economic empowerment of a small number of well-connected Malays who have become insanely wealthy through the use of state and federal power to acquire business opportunities from the government, from other people and through the acquisition of assets other people created. All these economic activities have been fully funded by banks and financial institutions under the control of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government. These people are well entrenched in the economic and political hierarchies – positions critical to the financial well being of their corporations where the size of their debts to these financial institutions are of no consequence. The largest of these corporate empires belongs to Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary- 8th richest Malaysian according to Forbes – with a debt of RM34 billion to match. All…

Umno doom and gloom

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Only doom and gloom awaitsCT Ali | December 5, 2013 Malay economic empowerment as promised by Umno is, for most Malays, fool’s gold! COMMENT What is happening in Malaysia today is the economic empowerment of a small number of well-connected Malays who have become insanely wealthy through the use of state and federal power to acquire business opportunities from the government, from other people and through the acquisition of assets other people created. All these economic activities have been fully funded by banks and financial institutions under the control of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government. These people are well entrenched in the economic and political hierarchies – positions critical to the financial well being of their corporations where the size of their debts to these financial institutions are of no consequence. The largest of these corporate empires belongs to Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary- 8th richest Malaysian according to Forbes – with a debt of RM34 billion to match. All…

Umno doom and gloom

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Only doom and gloom awaitsCT Ali | December 5, 2013 Malay economic empowerment as promised by Umno is, for most Malays, fool’s gold! COMMENT What is happening in Malaysia today is the economic empowerment of a small number of well-connected Malays who have become insanely wealthy through the use of state and federal power to acquire business opportunities from the government, from other people and through the acquisition of assets other people created. All these economic activities have been fully funded by banks and financial institutions under the control of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government. These people are well entrenched in the economic and political hierarchies – positions critical to the financial well being of their corporations where the size of their debts to these financial institutions are of no consequence. The largest of these corporate empires belongs to Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary- 8th richest Malaysian according to Forbes – with a debt of RM34 billion to match. All…

Umno doom and gloom

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Only doom and gloom awaitsCT Ali | December 5, 2013 Malay economic empowerment as promised by Umno is, for most Malays, fool’s gold! COMMENT What is happening in Malaysia today is the economic empowerment of a small number of well-connected Malays who have become insanely wealthy through the use of state and federal power to acquire business opportunities from the government, from other people and through the acquisition of assets other people created. All these economic activities have been fully funded by banks and financial institutions under the control of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government. These people are well entrenched in the economic and political hierarchies – positions critical to the financial well being of their corporations where the size of their debts to these financial institutions are of no consequence. The largest of these corporate empires belongs to Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary- 8th richest Malaysian according to Forbes – with a debt of RM34 billion to match. All…