The future is here, at least when it comes to clothing.
A research team at the University of Rochester and the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has made some big advancements in bioprinting, which is 3D printing with living materials.
In this case, they can print algae into strong, flexible and eco-friendly material that can be used to make clothes.
Not only could the fabric replace more resource-intensive fabric, it’s algae, so it would actually take carbon dioxide out of the air through photosynthesis.
We could one day have carbon negative shirts!
But that’s just one idea for this bioprinted material.
The researchers also envision artificial leaves that could store sugars that could be converted into energy for a mission in space.
And because they’re artificial leaves, they wouldn’t have to grow stems and roots that real plants need.
And in each case, the algae could be used like sourdough starter: feed it in the right way and it will make more of itself.
So maybe at some point we’ll have an algae-themed fashion show in space, and I am fine with that.
As long as we eventually get bioprinted t-shirts where the algae spell out “I’M WITH STUPID.”
If clothes made of algae is something you didn’t expect to hear about today, check out this story, which is literally for the record books.
Pro golfer Marcus Armitage drove a golf ball high into the air, and 909 feet later, it dropped into the passenger seat of BMW M8 convertible with auto racing driver Paul O’Neill at the wheel.
It took them plenty of tries, but the two just set a world record for longest golf drive into a moving vehicle.
Which may or may not have been something you knew was a thing, but now that you know, what a thing it is!
Will your future clothes be made of algae? (University of Rochester)
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