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Defense Goes on Science Education Offensive With LabTV

Yes, it’s total military propaganda. But it’s also a pretty innovative approach to getting people — young people especially — excited about science. LabTV, a component of the National Defense Education Program’s website, focuses on scientists and engineers working in the U.S. Dept. of Defense, giving teachers, students, and science geeks a look at what’s happening in one of the most well-funded R&D organization in the world. Weekly episodes are archived and cover technologies from robotics to fuel cells to advanced tissue engineering, the subject in the video below, about regular old inkjet printers hacked to print new skin for burn victims. The basic technology is similar to that being commercialized by a company I covered for Inc. magazine last year, San Diego-based Organovo.

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