Buy a New Kidney or Heart With a Bioprinter

Modern medicine

The day when a person can drop in at the corner organ center and buy a new liver is far in the future, but bioprinting technology will make it possible. Researchers are already experimenting with printing arteries for implantation into patients with clogged arteries. Here, then, is where the bioprinting technology stands as of today.

Bioprinting is the process of using a three-dimensional printer to create living tissue. The process is still in its infancy, and researchers are trying different methods to perfect bioprinting. For example, Cornell University is working on creating heart aorta valves. Should these researchers perfect the process, these bioprinted tissues could be used to replace faulty valves in children with heart disease. Read More →

Are Invisible Extraterrestrials Out There?

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I recently watched The Darkest Hour, a film about invisible aliens that invade and terrorize Earth. While the movie itself leaves much to be desired, the concept of invisible aliens is one that I find noteworthy. As we search for alien lifeforms, could we be missing them due to their invisibility?

While invisibility has been a frequent theme in science fiction, often presented with a feeling of artificiality, nature has actually perfected it a number of times. The Darkest Hour reminded me that  “invisible” animals, those that are comprised to a large degree of Read More →