Tissue engineers have come a long way in recent years, fabricating human tissue Lego blocks, artificial kidney cells, sight-restoring bio-synthetic corneas and more. But no one has figured out how to grow large amounts of transplantable tissue in the lab, because it’s too difficult to keep it alive. Texas researchers may have an answer: Use a common laxative to grow some blood vessels.
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner
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"Ciba Vision has combined the peanut butter and the chocolate," says New York opthamologist Barry Farkas, referring to the company's Focus Night & Day contact lenses, the first designed for continuous 24-hour, 30-day use. The lens is a hybrid of an oxygen-permeable silicon lens (the peanut butter) and a more comfortable soft lens (the chocolate). Under Farkas' care, two Popular Science editors tested Ciba's claims.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.