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3D-Printed Coral Mimics Nature

by Steve Hanley, CleanTechnica

Most of us have heard that coral reefs around the world are dying, largely because of warmer ocean temperatures and the increased acidity of seawater, but few people realize why that is important to humans. Who really cares if the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is nearly lifeless? So a few rich scuba divers won’t get to see it. Boo-hoo. Actually, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Let’s begin by explaining what coral is. Is it a plant? Is it an animal? Actually, it’s a little of both. The coral on the outside provides a framework for algae who live inside. The algae actually convert sunlight via photosynthesis to produce food for themselves and the coral. The living coral, in turn, provides a habitat for hundreds of species of marine life — species that form a vital link in the food chain that hundreds of millions of people rely on for their daily sustenance. Those little algae may seem insignificant, but without them many people would die of malnutrition.

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‘Long stringy stingy thingy’: Bizarre glowing tentacle-like creature made up of THOUSANDS of tiny organisms is spotted off the coast of Australia

by Joe Pinkstone, Daily Mail

A bizarre glowing tentacle-like ‘creature’ has been spotted floating in waters off the coast of Australia. 

It is believed to be a siphonophore, which appears to be a single animal but is actually made of thousands of smaller organisms known as zooids.

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A Newly Discovered Deep-Sea Coral Garden Could Unlock the Ocean’s Secrets

by Brian Kahn, Gizmodo Earther

Australia’s most famous coral resides on its Pacific coast. The Great Barrier Reef is amazing, to be sure, and a bellwether of how climate change is impacting reefs around the world.

But there’s a reef hidden in the depths of the Southern Ocean off Australia’s south coast that could unlock a much more profound secret about climate change and the entire ocean. And until recently, it remained completely unexplored.

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Hospital to get first dedicated 3D tissue-printing facility

by Steve Dent, Engadget

Australian doctors foresee machines in operating theaters, “ready to print tissue as needed.”

You still can’t get a 3D-printed liver transplant made from your own cells, but an Australian hospital is trying to push the tech into the mainstream. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane is building a dedicated “biofabrication” space where doctors and researchers can develop tech to model and print cartilage, bone and other human tissue. “It will be the first time a biomanufacturing institute will be co-located with a high-level hospital,” said Australian Minister of Health Cameron Dick.

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