Women who bemoan their once-a-month curse may soon have reason to appreciate it: Chelsea Briganti, a senior at the Parsons New School for Design, has developed a tampon-like kit made from silicone that collects and stores adult stem cells from the wearer's menstrual blood. Curing diseases, growing organs, and thus saving the world between regular dosages of Midol? Genius!
Briganti's invention, called Mademoicell, is priced at $75 and comes in sets of three. Usage is straightforward enough: insert, wait, remove, mark "NOT FOR CONSUMPTION," and store it in a refrigerator before mailing it to a lab.
Although Mademoicell is more of a concept than a a consumer product at this point, we imagine the controversy it would stir if it ever hits the market. Although collecting stem cells found in menstrual blood poses less of an ethical dilemma than harvesting human embryos does, it may be awhile before consumers overcome the stigma of monthly periods. Come on, people, do it for science.
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.