Helium is a highly necessary commodity in the modern world. Almost everyday we are told about the unsustainable pressure we’re putting on our natural resources. And while it prompts visions of oil, fresh water, and coal, you’d be surprised at how many of our creature comfort commodities are dwindling just as quickly.
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The same research team is also working on a digital lollipop. In Sword Art Online, an anime series, gamers take part in a virtual world that is teeming with danger, but also with food. What if such an experience was a reality? What if you could not only interact with food in a virtual environment, but also [...]
Some desperately need–their morning coffee. When is the best time to drink your cup of coffee? it is probably not a good idea to drink part of your daily dose of caffeine in the afternoon. Especially if you have problems sleeping. But, have you ever drink your cup of coffee and felt like it just [...]
Modern Meadow is developing technology to provide instant meat. You have probably read about the “Googleburger,” so named because Google’s founder Sergey Brin bankrolled it. Have you heard of Modern Meadow, though? Modern Meadow is developing the technology that will someday in the distant future provide the meat counterpart of instant coffee: instant beef! For now, [...]
Sensors that indicate when a product is no longer good will replace the ‘best before’ print. Sometimes, packaging may appear very wasteful to people. The packaging is used only temporarily and the act of throwing it away does not feel good. The ‘throw away society’ has given way for a society that shares and reuses [...]
The coffee machine knows you probably don’t want whipped cream on your venti non-fat latte. Starbucks refrigerators and coffeemakers are about to get a whole lot smarter. Starbucks reportedly plans to connect its devices to the Internet of Things within the next year. Fridges will now tell employees when a carton of milk has gone bad, [...]
Natural Machines is working on a 3D printer that will be able to produce pasta and bread. Natural Machines is a Barcelona-based startup that is working on a 3D printer that will be able to produce pasta, bread, and other food item that starts out as a dough, paste or stiff liquid. The breakthrough could be the start [...]
Keeping people alert is a prized quality of caffeine in an world that is always on. Caffeine stimulates the pleasure centers in the brain. It is also mildly addictive and that could possible be two reasons ti add it to foods and drinks.
NASA is organizing the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program that will send packs of seed material to the ISS. When humans begin colonizing space there is one challenge we’ll be facing, how to get food to those colonies. The idea of farming in space is hardly a new one. Astronaut Don Pettit successfully grew a zucchini, [...]
A cicerone carefully expects his beer. You have probably seen a sommelier when you have been to a fancy restaurant. A sommelier is a wine expert who makes sure you get the best possible match for your meal. But what if you don’t want wine with your dinner? What if you want a nice cold [...]