In the 1800s, binding a book with your own dead skin made a lovely gift

Skin-bound books may sound like weird artifacts that belong in Evil Dead movies or Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. But from the 1600s to 1800s, these suede-like tomes were less necromancy, more commemorative plate. And hell, converting yourself into a human moleskine upon kicking the bucket made for a heartfelt… »1/31/12 3:30pm1/31/12 3:30pm

Regular old ink-jet printers could soon be making replacement human skin

With the simplest of modifications, a normal ink-jet printer becomes a high-tech 3-D printer, able to build replacement skin for those desperately in need of grafts. The latest breakthrough saw a plastic "ear" being printed out over just a half-hour...and it's only a matter of time before we can do that with skin as… »2/20/11 9:30pm2/20/11 9:30pm