05 PM | 18 Jul

Scientists discover #seaweed that tastes like #bacon but is better for you than kale [#geekgirl]


Researchers in the US have discovered a strain of seaweed that apparently tastes just like bacon when it’s fried, and has twice the nutritional value of kale.

The miracle seaweed is a fast-growing strain of red marine algae called dulse (Palmaria sp.), which grows wild along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and looks a lot like translucent red lettuce.

Scientists already knew that it was packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and contains up to 16 percent protein in dry weight, but usually it’s harvested and sold dry as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement in Europe. But over the past 15 years, scientists at Oregon State University in the US have created a new strain that can be farmed, and they’ve found that it also has some unique taste benefits.

“There hasn’t been a lot of interest in using it in a fresh form,” lead researcher Chris Langdon says in a press release. “But this stuff is pretty amazing. When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavour.”

Source: Science Alert

11 AM | 21 Feb

New beehive #design doesn’t disturb #bees when you harvest #honey [#geekgirl]

flow new beehive honey harvest design

“Cedar Anderson and Stuart Anderson have spent over ten years developing the Flow hive. It uses special frames with open cells that allow honey to flow through a pipe when you want to harvest. The bees don’t freak out because there’s no violent home invasion, and I’m sure this non-invasive harvesting method reduces the chance they’ll abscond from the hive (sic)”.

Source: BoingBoing full article

11 AM | 21 Feb

Meet Tomatan, a wearable #robot that feeds you tomatoes as you run [#geekgirl]

A Japanese vegetable juice company has designed a new a wearable robot that dispenses tomatoes for people to eat while on the go.

Tomatan is a robot that can be worn as a backpack. Weighing 8kg (18 pounds), it features a tomato shaped head with a mouth that opens to dispense the tomato into circular metal arms that then come down over the person’s mouth to feed them a tomato.

Why would anyone need this, you might ask? Well, according to Kagome, which claims to be Japan’s largest supplier of tomato juice and tomato ketchup, people running the Tokyo marathon really need this.

Source: IBT for full article.