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  • Transparent bamboo: A fireproof and waterproof alternative to glass

    05/17/2024 12:08:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    New Atlas ^ | May 15, 2024 | Michael Irving
    Glass might soon have some competition from an unlikely rival – bamboo. Scientists in China have turned regular old bamboo into a transparent material that’s also resistant to fire and water, and suppresses smoke. Silica glass, made from sand, is still the go-to building material when you need something transparent but strong, like windows. But it’s not particularly sustainable, and can be heavy and brittle. Transparent wood has actually been muscling in on glass’s turf for a few years now. Scientists chemically remove the lignin from the wood fibers, then treat the remaining material with plexiglass or epoxy. The end...
  • today is the biggest up day in silver I ever remember

    05/17/2024 11:30:10 AM PDT · by algore · 42 replies
    silver is up $1.75 today so far
  • Will Bird Flu Be the Trigger to “Normalize” Cricket Protein in America?

    05/17/2024 10:55:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    The Liberty Daily ^ | May 17, 2024 | Staff
    In mid-2022, we set up a news alert for terms like “cricket protein” and “cricket burgers.” Since then, there have been occasional peaks with a whole lot of valleys in interest as Americans generally aren’t excited about the prospects of getting their necessary protein from bugs. There was a spike that started shortly after news broke that bird flu was being transmitted to cattle. On the surface this makes sense, but it was conspicuously odd that there was no spike when bird flu was limited to poultry. Surely Americans would be concerned about their sources of protein whether it was...
  • 'Disgust factor' must be overcome if planet-friendly insect food to become mainstream

    05/17/2024 5:34:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Yahoo! - Sky News ^ | May 14, 2024 | Staff
    The "disgust factor" must be overcome if insect-based foods are to become mainstream, according to a study. Insects can be high in protein and making them more acceptable could help cut the high greenhouse gas emissions that come from farming cattle. There are also potential benefits for cutting obesity and researchers say the idea of farming insects is gaining more attention. Hundreds of millions of people in Asia, Africa and Latin America are estimated to already eat insects to some degree. There are hopes Western attitudes could shift over time, perhaps in a similar way that food such as sushi...

    05/13/2024 6:21:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | May 13, 2024 | Staff
    NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY National Apple Pie Day, America’s favorite dessert, is observed annually on May 13th. #NationalApplePieDay The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381. The list of ingredients included good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn (a type of pastry crust). While the apple pie existed well before the Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores of what is now The United States, Americans wax poetic about how American apple pie is. The phrase "as American as apple pie" has been around for more than 100 years. During the turn of the 20th...
  • Psychotic Squirrels

    05/12/2024 4:55:01 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 70 replies
    Self | 5/12/24 | Self
    I am watching the silly squirrels in my back yard. Why are they behaving that way? They throw themselves up in the air and flip over ... then squirm all around. They do this repeatedly
  • A Sriracha Shortage Is Coming Amid Pepper Supply Issues

    05/10/2024 2:14:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Food & Wine ^ | May 9, 2024 | Marnie Shure
    The rooster bottle won’t get shipped anywhere until at least September.Marnie Shure is a writer and editor with over a decade of experience. For the past six years, she has been primarily focused on food publications, covering restaurant reviews, recipes, breaking news, fast food and grocery taste tests, industry trends, and more. She previously helmed The Takeout, a Midwest-based food website. Over the past few years, fans of Huy Fong Sriracha, the hot and garlicky chili pepper sauce in the iconic rooster bottle with the green cap, have experienced a roller coaster of emotions and heartbreak typically reserved for sports...
  • Trojan Tomato: A New GMO is Designed to Infiltrate America’s Gardens

    05/08/2024 6:48:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 06, 2024 | Sina McCullough
    Gardeners can buy a new seed, a genetically modified tomato the FDA barely looked at and GMO proponents hope will win Americans over to more modified foods. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As spring gardening approaches, a new contender has entered the fray—the genetically modified (GM) Purple Tomato. Unlike its GM predecessors, the GM Purple Tomato is not destined solely for the fields of commercial agriculture—it has made its debut in the backyards of home gardeners across the United States. With claims of heightened antioxidant levels and potential health benefits, this novel creation has stirred both excitement and controversy among consumers and scientists alike....

    05/07/2024 12:37:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | May 7, 2024 | Staff
    NATIONAL ROAST LEG OF LAMB DAY Each year on May 7th, National RoastLeg of Lamb Day makes a menu suggestion worthy of a celebration. The leg of lamb is a mild and tender cut of meat that, when roasted, is a unique and tasty dish to many. A typical preparation involves covering the leg of lamb with butter, rosemary sprigs pushed inside incisions cut in the leg, and rosemary leaves sprinkled on top. The lamb is then roasted for two hours at 360 degrees. #RoastLegOfLambDay Lamb is a lean red meat loaded with nutrition. Of course, it's going to deliver...
  • Sierra Nevada records snowiest day of the season from brief but potent California storm

    05/07/2024 10:00:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 5, 2024
    A weekend spring storm that drenched the San Francisco Bay area and closed Northern California mountain highways also set a single-day snowfall record for the season on Sunday in the Sierra Nevada. The wet weather system had mostly moved out of the state by Sunday morning, but officials warned that roads would remain slick after around two feet (60 centimeters) of snow fell in some areas of the Sierra. “Did anyone have the snowiest day of the 2023/2024 season being in May on their winter bingo card?” the University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab asked on the social...
  • National pickle shortage tied to extreme weather in Mexico

    05/05/2024 3:55:37 AM PDT · by Adder · 57 replies
    Fox Weather ^ | 05/03/2024 | Andrew Wulfeck
    Are you a pickle connoisseur? If so, extreme weather in Mexico may be impacting the availability of the snack in the U.S. Every year, Americans consume more than 20 billion pickles, but recently, consumers have noticed some restaurants warning of a "national pickle shortage." The warnings from restaurants such as Firehouse Subs, local delis and others are generally bona fide, as both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and experts from North Carolina State University say that the combination of reliance on imports and extreme weather could impact supplies.

    05/02/2024 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | May 2, 2024 | Staff
    NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY National Truffle Day on May 2 serves up a deliciously sweet treat and places the chocolate truffle in the spotlight. #NATIONALTRUFFLEDAY N. Petruccelli of Chambery, France is believed to be the inventor of the chocolate truffle in December 1895. Truffles became much more prevalent in 1902 after the Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London. In fact, Prestat still sells "Napoleon III" truffles made to the original recipe. Traditionally, chocolatiers make this sweet confection with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or coconut. Oftentimes, they may fill the truffle with other yummy...
  • Tyson Food Accused of Dumping Toxic Chemicals into American Rivers

    05/02/2024 6:25:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Daily Fetched ^ | May 1, 2024 | Jason Walsh
    Multinational food manufacturer Tyson Foods has been accused of dumping millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into lakes and rivers across the U.S. The 370 million pounds of chemicals dumped by the food company include: Nitrogen Phosphorus Chloride Oil Cyanide The chemicals were reported to have to been released by the company’s 41 slaughterhouses and processing plants over the past five years. The National Pulse reported: According to the investigation by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the toxic chemicals were flushed from Tyson facilities during the release of wastewater. This water also was found to contain high concentrations of...
  • The Garden Thread - May, 2024

    05/01/2024 6:00:41 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 372 replies
    May 1, 2024 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    The MONTHLY Gardening Thread is a gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • CRISPR-Crafted Cuisine: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat

    04/30/2024 11:19:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Advances in biotechnology are transforming food production with fungi playing a pivotal role. Research led by Vayu Hill-Maini utilizes genetic engineering to enhance fungi’s natural properties, creating nutritious and sustainable meat alternatives. This approach not only opens new avenues in food science but also integrates sophisticated culinary applications. A gene-edited fungal culture from Vayu Hill-Maini’s research, seen on a dinner plate. Credit: Marilyn Sargent/Berkeley Lab Hacking the genome of fungi for smart foods of the future. With animal-free dairy products and convincing vegetarian meat substitutes already on the market, it’s easy to see how biotechnology can change the food industry....

    04/30/2024 10:40:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    The Highwire ^ | April 30, 2024 | Tracy Beanz & Michelle Edwards
    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, plays a pivotal role in shaping the food policies issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), known as the Dietary Guidelines. As it works on the upcoming Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030, it’s important to note that the Academy’s decisions on what is and isn’t healthy for Americans are significantly influenced by its relationship with the ultra-processed food (UPF) industry. This relationship, which has seen the Academy accept nearly $15 million from multi-processed food companies, agribusiness companies, and Big Pharma,...

    04/24/2024 7:52:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    NATIONAL PIGS-IN-A-BLANKET DAY On April 24, observe National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day with just a few ingredients. #PigsInABlanketDay Celebrated across the world, the term often refers to a variety of different dishes. In the United States, Pigs-in-a-Blanket is often hot dogs or sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked. Pigs-in-a-Blanket are generally served as an appetizer or as breakfast. However, it can be served at any mealtime! Another popular version of pigs-in-a-blanket includes cabbage rolls stuffed with a beef filling. It's often covered with a tomato or cream sauce. Many recipes use the name "Pigs-in-a-Blanket" to describe just about any...
  • Sapphire Tower Plant Blooms For First And Last Time In 20 Years...This plant has spectacular, otherworldly-looking flowers.

    04/23/2024 12:00:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    IFL Science ^ | April 16, 2024 | ELEANOR HIGGS
    It's not hard to see how the sapphire tower gets its name. Image Credit: HannaTor/ Sometimes in nature, there are events that we have to wait for. Some, like the upcoming American cicadapocaplypse might not be so popular – whereas, across the pond in Birmingham, UK, botanists are thrilled to reveal the blooming of their sapphire tower. The sapphire tower plant (Puya alpestri) from the Chilean Andes can take up to 10 years to flower. The plant is a member of the bromeliad family, distantly related to the pineapple. Normally found at high elevations of up to 2,200 meters (7,218...
  • Costco Chicken Lover Logic: Keep Those Poisonous LED Lights Off My Chicken... Scan My Body Instead

    04/23/2024 6:43:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    Rumble Via Liberty Daily ^ | April 22, 2024 | Staff
    Costco Chicken Lover Logic: Keep Those Poisonous LED Lights Off My Chicken... Scan My Body Instead These people vote...................DEMOCRAT of course.............
  • For 100 Years, Horse Diving Was A Thing, And Was Every Bit Crazy As It Sounds

    04/22/2024 5:32:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Cowboy State Daily ^ | APRIL 20, 2024 | Jake Nichols
    For about a century, the novelty of horse diving from great heights into a tiny tank of water was all the rage in America. And was every bit crazy as it sounds. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ VIDEOS AT LINK............... A horse takes a practice dive at Atlantic City's Steel Pier Park in 1978. (John Margolies, Library of Congress) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Readers will inevitably take sides with this story. There will be outrage. Decidedly, animal rights activists for sure will howl with rage. The intent is not to spark debate or rekindle old controversy. What’s done is done, live and learn. In many ways, we...