Today's mad science involves the creation of modified cells. Cells stronger than their original material.
It's a Gothic thing, say the scientists:
Researcher Bryan Kaehr, a Sandia scientist, provided what could be the first ever scientific distinction made between a “mummy” and “zombie” cell.
“King Tut was mummified,” said Kaehr, “to approximately resemble his living self, but the process took place without mineralization [a process of fossilization]. Our zombie cells bridge chemistry and biology to create forms that not only near-perfectly resemble their past selves, but can do future work.”
How does this really work? By
placing free-floating mammal cells into a petri dish and coating them with a silicic acid solution. For reasons that the study says are still “partially unclear,” the silicic acid enters and embalms every organelle in the cells.
The result is super-strong. Better than the original. Waiting to be used in world domination a story.
(thanks to Jesse Walker)