Latest in Science

Image credit:

Scientists make an artificial heart out of foam

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 18, 2015
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Artificial hearts only kinda-sorta behave like the real thing. They pump blood, sure, but they're typically solid blocks of machinery that are out of place in a squishy human body. Cornell University thinks it can do better, though: its scientists have developed an artificial foam heart that imitates both the functions and shape of its fleshy counterpart. The key is a new polymer that can be poured into specific shapes, and has pores that let it pump fluids. It's not only soft and stretchable, but more efficient -- you don't need much energy to get liquids moving.

If the discovery leads to real products, the most obvious use is in smarter, safer artificial organs that could be customized for individual patients. That's just the start, though. The material could also be useful for soft robotics, prosthetics and anything else where a bendy, more natural-feeling surface would be appreciated.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Joe Biden's presidential transition launches with BuildBackBetter.gov

Joe Biden's presidential transition launches with BuildBackBetter.gov

View
A copy of ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’ sold for $156,000

A copy of ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’ sold for $156,000

View
Instagram will automatically label false content shared from Facebook

Instagram will automatically label false content shared from Facebook

View
GM pulls out of Trump administration's fuel emissions lawsuit in California

GM pulls out of Trump administration's fuel emissions lawsuit in California

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr