http://www.switched.com/2009/09/26/device-that-grows-meat-in-your-kitchen-wins-design-prize/Meat "ethics" are about to get even more complicated.
For electronics manufacturer Electrolux's recent design competition, first place went to a device that creates meat and fish by heating animal cells and growing them into edible food.
While still in the design phase, the Cocoon would theoretically replicate real meat by synthesizing the compounds that make it up. The controversial product would heat food packets containing muscle cells, oxygen and nutrients. "This will create 100% pure meat without the need for animals to be killed and with no risk of contamination," said Cocoon creator Rickard Hederstierna, a 27 year-old Swedish design student. "It will change everything."
Runners up in the competition included a steamer that would clean and iron an article of clothing in a mere two seconds, a fridge that teleports food directly to the kitchen, and a flying rain-catcher that is aware of how thirsty you are. The stuff of science fiction, yes -- but undeniably also the stuff of science fact within our lifetimes.