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Say Goodbye To Needles, and Hello to Painless Vaccine Bio-Patches

Getting your flu shots could soon be as easy as applying a temporary tattoo.

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As a small child, every time I visited the doctor, I became “that kid.” The one physicians dreaded, nurses hated, and anyone within earshot probably thought was being painfully vivisected without any anesthetic behind closed doors. Would that my shrieks and screams were caused by such pain, but unfortunately their inspiration was something far more mundane: From age four until sometime during my middle school years, I was totally, utterly, profoundly terrified of getting shots. Never mind that the shots themselves were, ultimately, relatively painless. Never mind that they were, in many cases, literally saving my life from any number of infectious diseases. Had I been given the choice between getting stuck with needles and having my fingers broken by an angry gorilla, well, I would have needed to really think it over, at the very least.

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Grow Your Own DIY Leather Jacket In A Petri Dish

Modern Meadow’s Suzanne Lee molds entire garments out of household items, and now you can too.

Vegans looking for a cruelty-free leather jacket, you are in luck: you can now grow one at home. A few years back BioCouture’s Suzanne Lee developed a method, combining fermented bacteria, yeast, and sweetened green tea, to create whole outfits from biodegradable matter. Now Lee has taken a role as Creative Director for Modern Meadow, a Brooklyn startup that’s pioneering new, bovine-friendly forms of leather by “coaxing” animal tissue cells into tough, cowskin-like material. The end products are of varying durability, texture, and weigh, much like real leather—only more inventive. “Imagine leather that’s as lightweight and transparent as a butterfly wing or has the natural stretch of rubber,” Lee explains in Popular Science’s March 2015 issue. “Or imagine a material with the dynamic responsiveness of the skin of a chameleon.”

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Superb Idea: Supermarket Vegetable Packaging Helps You Grow Your Own

British art student Ben Huttly's vegetable packaging is 100 percent biodegradable; what's more, the labels are embedded with seeds.

If you've ever been troubled by the number of rubber bands used to tie together bundles of carrots, asparagus, and celery at the supermarket, this post is for you. British art student Ben Huttly's vegetable packaging is 100 percent biodegradable, with the label text created through laser cutting to avoid the use of ink. What's more, the labels are embedded with seeds, so that your supermarket purchase can also result in a homegrown harvest.

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