Lab Proves Transplanted Skin Can Grow Hair

Recently technology has made huge strides in providing us with new ways of replacing damaged body parts, with the ability to 3d print organs being one of the most revolutionary changes that could soon see us being able to replace damaged organs. Now scientists in Japan are showing off again by showing that transplanted skin can grow hair.

Shown in the image above, the transplanted skin is marked with a green protein and clearly shows that the transplanted skin is actually growing hair. The process started by taking stem cells from a mouse’ gums and was crafted into multiple layered pieces of skin, sweat glands and hair follicles included. Upon being transplanted to a “nude mouse”, the skin integrated with the new host and even grew the hair shown above.

With the results showing promise the team says that the end result may be 5-10 from being translated to human research. Dr Takashi Tsuji from the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology in Kobe was part of the team that conducted the research and is quoted as saying:

“Up until now, artificial skin development has been hampered by the fact that the skin lacked the important organs, such as hair follicles and exocrine glands, which allow the skin to play its important role in regulation

With this new technique, we have successfully grown skin that replicates the function of normal tissue.

We are coming ever closer to the dream of being able to recreate actual organs in the lab for transplantation

With so many breakthroughs and advanced in science thanks to technology it’s hard not to agree with the dream of being able to recreate and replace organs with those built in a lab.

Self-Healing Gel Now Carries Electrical Charge

We’ve all had that moment when we’ve heard the crack, the snap or the crunch. Be it your favourite USB drive, your screen or even your laptop, accidents happen and things get damaged. The worst part about this is it’s normally one or two small things that stop you from using that technology again, but what if that changed? What if when you saw your USB stick crunch into a weird shape, you held it together and found it still worked?

Thanks to research scientists at Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, you could soon see that happening with technology and more. Revealed as the first of its kind, the researchers have managed to develop a self-healing gel that not only repairs and connects electronic circuits but can also carry a charge within itself. The gel not only carries a charge but also repairs itself without external stimuli, such as having to shine a light or heating up the gel, meaning that you wouldn’t have to put your phone on the radiator to fix it. The image shows the gel even holding its own, after being cut in half.

Guihua Yu, a mechanical engineering assistant professor at Cockrell School, stated the gel could be used at ‘soft joints’. The gel could even be applied overtop of traditional joins in hardware, allowing you to continue using old technology while allowing the self-repairing gel to go to work.

Imagine if we had these in the old sliding phones, the ones where the ribbon connecting the screen broke every few months. That’s just the tip of the gel pack for this technology, what would you like to see this technology used for?

Guy Figures out How to Unlock Rain in Mortal Kombat X

Since Mortal Kombat X got released, there have been a lot of blood spilling and skulls cracking. However, players can fight against a sizeable group of classic Mortal Kombat characters, but can’t select any of those characters to play with.

So what do people do when gaming companies restrict their content inside the title? Simple. It’s either modding or hacking… or both! As previously reported, modders found a way to hack into Grand Theft Auto 5’s PC core. So what’s to stop someone from doing the same with Mortal Kombat X?

It looks like redditer XVermillion is the guy behind the hack/mod that brought the Rain character at gamers’ fingertips, as his posts on Reddit (via Kotaku) indicates.

“There are other files you can change to get stuff like Rain’s name under the health Bar but the only files I modded are in the ‘Assets’ folder I believe; there should be 2 associated with Rain (Rain_A.xxx and another one I can’t remember but you can just search the folder for Rain).”

“Anyway, I backed up the files for Shinnok (the character I’m replacing) and renamed Rain’s files to match those associated with Shinnok’s 1st costume slot (CHAR_Shinnok_A.xxx and one other, the one that matches Rain’s other one) and moved ‘em to the folder and overwrote Shinnok’s old files with the newly renamed Rain files.”

“What you see is just me playing in training mode with what the game thinks is Shinnok but is using Rain’s model and moveset.”

However, the mod is only possible on only on the PC platform (sorry for all console gamers out there) and can only replace an already existing character model, so you won’t really have Rain as a character, but rather another existing model replaced with the latter character model (if that makes any sense, if not just go with it).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twG6D8WrfBM

In the end, there are still a lot of DLC to come bringing more fighting and more models. Maybe this will be a wake-up call for the people behind the game to release DLC and have it so players can unlock all characters in the game. What do you think?

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information
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