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Toute personne se demandant encore si nous vivons dans une Amérique post-raciale a malheureusement eu la réponse.

Emily Turrettini pour Le Huffington Post.



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L'Oreal to start 3D-printing skin
_83089659_l'oreal.jpgFrench cosmetics firm L'Oreal is teaming up with bio-engineering start-up Organovo to 3D-print human skin. The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIt said the printed skin would be used in product tests.

Organovo has already made headlines with claims that it can 3D-print a human liver but this is its first tie-up with the cosmetics industry.

Experts said the science might be legitimate but questioned why a beauty firm would want to print skin.

L'Oreal currently grows skin samples from tissues donated by plastic surgery patients. It produces more than 100,000, 0.5 sq cm skin samples per year and grows nine varieties across all ages and ethnicities.

Its statement explaining the advantage of printing skin, offered little detail: "Our partnership will not only bring about new advanced in vitro methods for evaluating product safety and performance, but the potential for where this new field of technology and research can take us is boundless."

It also gave no timeframe for when printed samples would be available, saying it was in "early stage research".quotesmarksleft.jpg

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The 'Uber for drones' company
imgres.pngDrones cost money, and companies have to know how to operate them safely. Depending on the business, some firms may need a drone for only a short period of time, which in turn makes the investment impractical. NBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgSan Francisco start-up Skycatch has a product called Workmode that it claims solves that dilemma. A service called Workmode matches companies wanting a drone with qualified pilots who own and operate them. Hence the comparison to Uber.

Skycatch connected Soohoo with drone pilot Tom Waclo, who uses his drone to monitor rooftop work for between $400 and $1,000 a flight. Being a hired gun has become Waclo's full-time job. "It's still a very new industry. There's not that many people who even realize what the capabilities are," he said. "It's been great to have (Skycatch) help me find work."

Each Workmode pilot has to go through a certification process with the company, and nearly 1,000 pilots have done so.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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