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Researchers get patents to improve knee, hip replacements

WSU researcher Susmita Bose, in foreground, works with student Sahar Vahabzadeh at a 3-D ceramic printer. (WSU photo)

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – For almost two decades, Washington State University researchers Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose have worked to improve the materials used in hip and knee replacements that up to a million people in the U.S. receive each year. » More …

Mechanism triggers spread of prostate cancer to bones

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Washington State University researcher has found a way that prostate cancer cells hijack the body’s bone maintenance, facilitating the spread of bone cancers present in some 90 percent of prostate-cancer fatalities. » More …

Novel 3-D manufacturing builds complex, bio-like materials

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a unique, 3-D manufacturing method that for the first time rapidly creates and precisely controls a material’s architecture from the nanoscale to centimeters – with results that closely mimic the intricate architecture of natural materials like wood and bone. » More …

Ask Dr. Universe: How are bones made?

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – A couple months before you were born, your skeleton was soft and bendy. It was made out of cartilage, the same material that’s in your nose and ears now. But when certain cells in your body called osteoblasts and osteoclasts began to work together, new bone started to form. » More …

Smithsonian home to WSU anthropology prof’s bones

WASHINGTON — In a dim hallway in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, anthropologist David Hunt opens a dingy green cabinet and pulls out a drawer full of human bones. “This,” he says, “is Grover Krantz.”

…. Krantz spent 30 years at Wazzu, teaching anthropology, human evolution and forensics while running the university’s anthropology lab. His tests were notoriously difficult, but his classes filled up because he was so much fun.

For the full story, see:

* 07-08-06 Seattle Times — Smithsonian home to WSU prof’s bones … best friend’s, too

* 05-01-09 Chronicle of Higher Education — A teacher … » More …