Scientists hack material to grow it like human skin

Dec 25, 2017, 7:27 AM EST
(Source: Felix E. Guerrero/flickr)
(Source: Felix E. Guerrero/flickr)

Would robots ever wear a skin that grows like the one on humans? That’s a question answered in affirmative by a team of scientists from two universities after they hacked a material to impart it few properties of animal tissues.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have figured out a way to naturally grow hydrogel, a substance widely used in soft robotics, into complex architecture, notes Futurism.

The breakthrough could impact next generation of robots as well as development of synthetic organs and advanced prosthetics, such as knee repairs or artificial livers.