Scientists in the Netherlands are close to putting the finishing touches on the first in vitro burger. That's right; soon, you'll be able to eat a Big Mac that was grown in a lab instead of coming from a dead cow.
The people who have developed this bovine stem-cell meat are trying to get famous chefs to cook them and famous people to eat them so that they can convince the general public that in vitro burgers are not just a gimmick, but the most ethical, nutritional and environmentally responsible thing to do in this day and age.
These scientists think that livestock meat production as it currently exists is unsustainable. More than 50% of all agricultural land is used for growing livestock. Cattle already consumes 10% of fresh water and it's estimated that the global demand for meat will double in the next 40 years.
What do you think? Would you still eat a double-double from In-n-Out even knowing it was grown in a lab?
There's a dog breed that climbs trees, flexes its spine like a cat and even has a singing howl instead of a bark.
It is known as the New Guinea Singing Dog, named for it's unique howl. Presently, almost nothing is known about them in their native habitat. No photographs even exist of them in the wild. These dogs are often kept as companions because of their intelligence and physical abilities.
Like coyotes and wolves, these dogs often howl together in what is called “chorus howling.” Most of the time, the dogs howl with very good synchronization and end at the same time. Their legs and paws are much more flexible than regular dogs, to the point of being able to climb trees, albeit not as well as a fox or cat. Because of this, they are notorious escape artists.
They can climb and jump like a cat, and even get over fences as easily as squirrels. Though they generally avoid people and aren't very easy to domesticate, they're still quite a spectacle.
In a complete opposite of the South Korean fan death myth, it turns out astronauts actually NEED to sleep next to a ventilator fan while they're in weightless orbit. Why? If they don't, they might suffocate in their sleep.
The reason is because warm air doesn't naturally rise when there's no gravity. If you don't have a way of circulating air, then the carbon dioxide you expel when you breathe can form a bubble around your nose. Eventually, the air available to you wouldn’t have enough oxygen and you would die.
Learn more about what astronauts have to go through to sleep at the source.
A well-kept vibrant green lawn is the pride of many people in suburbia. Lawns are a status symbol, now, and ever since they first became popularized. The reasons, however, have changed dramatically.
In the early Jacobean epoch of 17th century England, the closely cut 'English' lawn was born. By the end of this period, having an English lawn was seen as a symbol of status of the aristocracy and gentry. It showed that the owner of the field could afford to keep land that was not being used for a building or for producing food.
Today, they are still seen as a status symbol. However, since the 2008 recession, many communities have dug up their lawns and planted fruit and vegetable gardens. The result could be that lawns will be viewed as environmentally and economically unviable at some point in the near future.
Scientists have recently discovered that lobsters might have the potentially live forever. That is, unless it's in front of you while you're wearing a bib at Red Lobster. Scientists have described lobsters as 'eating, molting, and growing machines.'
Lobsters don't stop growing. The biggest one's they've observed weigh more than 40 pounds. However, they think there could be much bigger lobster in the ocean because it appears lobsters just wear out very slowly.
More specifically, lobsters show no signs of aging. They don't lose appetite, sex drive, energy or even experience changes in metabolism as they grow older. This means that barring predators or disease, they really could potentially live forever.