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 Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

Not Impossible Now presents the Top 3 most popular posts of the week from The Latest section. Look out for Latest Greatest every Friday.

1. I've Got a Feeling

Wish you had some of Tony Stark’s toys? Thanks to a technology called UltraHaptics, that possibility may become a reality, which is probably why our post about it nabbed the top spot of the week.

Remember the scene pictured above from “The Avengers” where Tony Stark is touching a virtual object? (Or a virtual Tesseract for you Marvel fanboys.)

UltraHaptics can also make people feel they are touching a virtual object. A feedback system utilizing ultrasound gives users a buzz of pressure on their hand, Factor reported. When the ultrasound frequency is changed, the developers found that they could mimic the feeling of a variety of textures.

That's one of Stark's toys off the list. Now, about that Iron Man suit! Read the full post.

2. Brick by Brick

Who wants to live in a house made of fungus? That's the question we posed in our #2 most popular post of the week.

Turns out that bricks made from fungus have their advantages. They can withstand extreme temperature and are even bulletproof, Vice reported. And, when it is no longer in use, they can easily be composted.

Building a fungal brick is actually quite simple. All you need is some organic matter like sawdust, and a small piece of mushroom. The fungus will begin to consume the nutrients in the sawdust, which will cause the fine threads of its mycelium wind to form into a solid block of cells. These cells can be formed into any shape as long as they stay alive. Read the full post. 

 3. 'Living Bandage'

Our post about 3-D printing artificial skin grafts rounds out our top three posts of the week.

Engineers from the University of Toronto have created artificial skin grafts using a bioprinter, the International Business Times reported. Rather than trying to replicate real human skin grafts, the team used the PrintAlive Bioprinter to create a "living bandage" made of hydrogel. 

The PrintAlive Bioprinter improved the way wounds healed in mice with compromised immune systems. The team will next test skin grafts in pigs. Human clinical trials are expected to be about two to three years away. Read the full post.

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