In the future, you might not have to resort to exotic materials to create heart cells — you could just raid your grocery store’s produce section. Scientists have invented a process that turns spinach leaves into farms for functioning human heart cells. The team started by pumping a detergent solution through the spinach, stripping it of its plant cells and turning it into a ghostly shell made mostly of cellulose. After that, they cultured heart cells on the remaining structure, sending both fluids and microscopic beads through the vegetable’s now-empty veins in order to feed the new cells.
Earlier this month, Macallan released one of the oldest bottles of single-malt whisky ever to leave its distillery, a crowning achievement 65 years in the making. At $35,000, it will also cost you a nice chunk of your retirement fund, assuming you can even get your hands on one.
IF YOU’VE EVER been in a root cellar, you probably thought it was pretty cool. That’s because root cellars are nature’s refrigerators. They’re essentially holes dug into the ground and used year-round to store vegetables and dry goods. Its a cool, dry cool environment that won’t freeze in the winter or get too humid in the summer.