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Image of the Month: A Piercing Barb

Credit: Riddish Morde, University of Pisa, Italy

Engineers from Rutgers University have developed  tiny needles made using 4D printing that mimic parasites and could replace  hypodermic needles. 4D printing makes use of smart materials that are programmed to change shape after being printed. The thin microneedles are minimally invasive and, according to the researchers, cause less pain than alternatives. 

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