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Lab-Grown Leather Might Just Be the Next Big Thing in Fashion

The fashion staple is getting an upgrade.

When you talk about fashion staples, a trusty leather jacket is always on top of the list. It’s a style classic and a flexible piece of clothing. While some may still prefer genuine leather when filling up their closets, the movement to a more responsible consumer culture has encouraged even the pickiest shopaholics to go for alternatives to genuine leather.

And soon, a new, science-backed option could become available to all. A New York-based company is saying bye to the cow and hello to the lab as they create lab-grown leather.

Modern Meadow is a biofabrication company that grows animal-free leather made from living cells.

Andras Forgacs, co-Founder and CEO of Modern Meadow said in a statement:

“Modern Meadow harnesses the combined power of design, biology and engineering to change the way we think about materials, unlocking the capabilities of nature. Leather, which represents a $100-billion raw material market, has always been prized for its beauty, functionality and enduring status. Today, as a co-product of the meat industry, it is subject to fluctuations in availability, quality, price and growing demand. At Modern Meadow, we’re re-imagining this millennia-old material to create revolutionary new features without harming animals or the environment.”

Biofabrication is the process of growing materials originally found in nature using living cells instead of animals.

Leather is biofabricated by cultivating collagen. Using DNA editing tools, yeast cells are engineered to produce collagen, which is later on assembled to create the ‘hide.’ The leather is then tanned, a chemical process that prevents decay.

Modern Meadow CTO Dave Williamson, during the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, was quoted as saying:

“Until a couple years ago, we were still using tissue engineering to produce lab-scale volumes of collagen. Now, using our proprietary biofabrication process, we are producing animal-free, recombinant collagen that rivals any collagen currently on the market. This shows that it’s possible not only to create breakthrough materials but to do so at an industrial scale.”

The biofabricated leather reportedly reduces waste up to 80 percent compared to traditional leather.

Unlike animal hide, biofabricated leather requires less tanning and lower inputs of land, water, energy, and chemicals. The biofabricated material can also be produced according to the size and shape needed, which minimizes waste.

Modern Meadow’s biofabricated leather isn’t out on the market yet, but a first look at their lab-grown leather clothing items will be showcased at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City starting October. What do you think? Are you interested in checking them out?

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Top 10 Horrible Ways The Universe Can Destroy Us

The universe is scary in more ways than you could imagine.

The universe is scary in more ways than you could imagine. A quick research on the internet will give you a rough idea of how it tried to wipe out life forms on this planet a few times already.

Worst of all, it could happen again and it could happen anytime. From giant destructive fireballs, to colliding galaxies, bask in fear with these 10 horrible ways the universe could destroy us.

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Scientists Came Up With A Song Guaranteed to Make Your Baby Laugh with Pleasure

Parents and babies, listen up.

Parenting is tough, especially when you're dealing with infants who can't yet articulate what they're feeling. Nothing is more frustrating than doing everything you can to soothe your crying baby only to fail again and again. Well, here's something to help moms and dads everywhere.

Child development expert Caspar Addyman and musical psychologist and Lauren Stewart were commissioned by U.K. baby food manufacturer Cow & Gate for a special mission - to create a baby-friendly pop hit that's scientifically "proven to make babies happy."

The experts hired Grammy-winning composer and vocalist Imogen Heap for the project.

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Russian Scientists Will Blast Frozen Dead People and Pets Into Space Soon

This is ideal for those who want an ‘out-of-this-world’ send-off!

If you’re that kind of person who wants to have a special send-off when you die, you might want to check out what Russia has to offer. Apparently, a firm in the country is planning to launch frozen corpses (both of people and pets) as well as DNA samples into space.

In a recent news circulating online, multi-million company KrioRus has confirmed that they will soon be blasting cryogenically-preserved dead people into the atmosphere. Sounds like an absurd idea, you say? Well, read on and learn more!

KrioRus already has 54 people and 21 animals in their laboratories.

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