3D printed human hands, open source course materials, and more news

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In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at 3D-printed lattice for cell culture, open source materials for college courses, and more!

Open source news roundup for June 12-18, 2016

Artist grows real human hand; inspired by work in open source

Amy Karle is growing human hand bones using 3D-printed scaffolds that have been seeded with stem cells. Karle explores human biology through technology and art through her work in the Pier 9 Residency program in San Francisco. She hopes her work can contribute to answers to important questions about human biology.

Karle has already released open source instructions for creating 3D-printed lattices for cell culture. She says she's inspired by A neural algorithm for artistic style, and Deep Dream. She's working on related projects that may eventually be used to create and train a neural network to imagine sculptures and garments the way she does.

College courses without textbooks

A group of community colleges in Virginia and Maryland have been selected to develop degree programs using open source materials instead of traditional textbooks. Intended to benefit first-generation and low-income students, the pilot program is expected to save students as much as $1,300 per year.

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Michelle is a freelance technology writer. She has created technical content for a range of brands and publications, including IBM Security, GE Digital, HP Enterprise, SAP, TechTarget, UBMTech, and more. She covers enterprise software, cybersecurity, big data analytics, digital marketing and website development.


I'd love to read more about the OER in Community Colleges and now I have. It was a popup that kept me from reading the article. :)

I'm glad you were able to read the article.

The Maricopa project is very interesting. I wasn't aware of it until you shared a link. I look forward to a future that includes more open materials for higher ed. One of my kids took a class that used an open source textbook. The textbook is updated every year and was a real cost-saver for our family. We paid only for the on-demand printing of the giant textbook (only $13).

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