Archive for the ‘food’ category: Page 7

Jan 14, 2020

Imagine a world without hunger, then make it happen with systems thinking

Posted by in category: food

Feeding the world involves tackling all aspects of the food system.

Jan 10, 2020

Drone delivery startup’s 5G deal will let you track your airborne pizza

Posted by in categories: drones, food, internet

Exclusive: The Irish food delivery company announces a partnership with global network company Cubic at CES.

Jan 10, 2020

Ms. Nemonte Nenquimo, President of the Waorani Pastaza Organization, CONCONAWEP, following their recent landmark legal victory against the Ecuadorian government, leading to 500,000 acres of Amazon rainforest protected from oil drilling and timber companies — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: bees, biological, climatology, environmental, food, geography, geopolitics, health, life extension, science

Jan 9, 2020

A New Protein Source Could Be A Planet-Saving Game Changer

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Solar Foods has developed a sustainable food that’s totally disconnected from agriculture. Now they need to scale it up.

Jan 9, 2020

Solar Foods claims ‘food made from air’ could price match with soy

Posted by in categories: energy, food, sustainability

When Solar Foods is producing its novel protein Solein at full-scale production, and using the cheapest source of renewable energy to do so, the start-up believes it ‘could match soy’, CEO Pasi Vainikka tells FoodNavigator.

Jan 8, 2020

Here Are 5 Science-Backed Ways to Make Your Microbiome Healthier in 2020

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health, science

It’s common for people to focus on their health at the start of the year.

But few consider the well being of the microbes that live inside the human gut – the microbiome – which are vital to an individual’s good health.

How important are these bacteria? There are as many bacterial cells in us as there are human cells, and they help control everything from inflammation and the development and treatment of cancer to how much energy we get from our foods and perhaps even what foods we crave and our moods.

Jan 4, 2020

Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience

Posted by in categories: biological, food, neuroscience, robotics/AI

If you’re interested in mind uploading, I have a book that I highly recommend. Rethinking Consciousness is a book by Michael S. A. Graziano, who is a Princeton University professor of psychology and neuroscience.

Early in his book Graziano writes a short summary:

“This book, however, is written entirely for the general reader. In it, I attempt to spell out, as simply and clearly as possible, a promising scientific theory of consciousness — one that can apply equally to biological brains and artificial machines.”

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Jan 4, 2020

Clusters of gold atoms form peculiar pyramidal shape

Posted by in categories: food, particle physics, quantum physics

Clusters composed of a few atoms tend to be spherical. They are usually organized in shells of atoms around a central atom. This is the case for many elements, but not for gold! Experiments and advanced computations have shown that freestanding clusters of twenty gold atoms take on a pyramidal shape. They have a triangular ground plane made up of ten neatly arranged atoms, with additional triangles of six and three atoms, topped by a single atom.

The remarkable tetrahedral structure has now been imaged for the first time with a scanning tunnelling microscope. This high-tech microscope can visualise single atoms. It operates at extremely low temperatures (269 degrees below zero) and uses quantum tunnelling of an electrical current from a sharp scanning metallic tip through the cluster and into the support. Quantum tunnelling is a process where electrical current flows between two conductors without any physical contact between them.

The researchers used intense plasmas in a complex vacuum chamber setup to sputter gold atoms from a macroscopic piece of gold. “Part of the sputtered atoms grow together to small particles of a few up to a few tens of atoms, due to a process comparable with condensation of water molecules to droplets,” says Zhe Li, the main author of the paper, currently at the Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen. “We selected a beam of clusters consisting of exactly twenty gold atoms. We landed these species with one of the triangular facets onto a substrate covered with a very thin layer of kitchen salt (NaCl), precisely three atom layers thick.”

The study also revealed the peculiar electronic structure of the small gold pyramid. Similar to noble gas atoms or aromatic molecules, the cluster only has completely filled electron orbitals, which makes them much less reactive than clusters with one or a few atoms more or less.

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Jan 3, 2020

50 Year Lie: Sugar industry blames fats

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, economics, education, ethics, food, health, science

Whenever someone refers me to a story with alarming facts that should surprise or outrage any thinking human, my spider-sense is activated. Does the story make sense? Is it plausible? If the message contains evidence of being repeated (or forwarded to more than two friends), then whatever is claimed is almost certain to be false.

If the subject is important to me—or if there is any chance that it might influence my view of the world, I check it at Snopes. The reputable web site confirms or debunks many urban legends and all sorts of viral web hype.

You never know what you might learn at Snopes. You can easily be lured into a rabbit hole, digging into the site beyond whatever prompted your visit in the first place.

Fact-checking can be fun! For example:

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Jan 3, 2020

Experts: Oversight needed for safety, efficacy of nutritional supplements

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, life extension

VITAMINS-Nutrients have long been described as healers-Life extending amino acids-chemicals… As has been done in the past holds true presently. There are trained professionals who for one reason or another attack the vitamin industry.

(Many claiming that vitamins do nothing and are washed from the body???)

How then did niacin extraction and synthesizing and being put into foods help end many sicknesses??? Yes Niacin is listed as a vitamin and a medicine…

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