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Avocados with laser-printed labels go on sale at M&S in bid to cut paper waste
"The labels, which are etched onto fruit's skin with lasers instead of stickers, will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year according to M&S."
light  paper  food  plants  technology  litter 
june 2017 by kevan
IBM's Chef Watson recipe book lets you cook like a supercomputer - CNET
"The collection of recipes was crafted based on the system's understanding of flavor compounds, food pairing theories and the psychology of people's likes and dislikes."
food  computers 
april 2015 by kevan
New mushrooms found in porcini packet | Kew News
"Kew mycologists Bryn Dentinger and Laura Martinez-Suz have discovered three species of mushrooms that are new to science in a commercial packet of dried Chinese porcini purchased from a shop in London."
fungi  secrets  food 
october 2014 by kevan
Gelatin made with human DNA will make snacks safer
"In 2011, scientists in Beijing reported on a method of creating large amounts of gelatin by inserting human DNA fragments into yeast. Human DNA-derived gelatin has actually been in use for a while, in vaccine preparation and the gel caps that many over the counter drugs come in."
genetics  science  food  via:danielle 
may 2014 by kevan
Why sugar helped remove Victoria Line concrete flood - Telegraph
"At concentrations of more than one per cent in a cement mix, sucrose can delay complete hardening almost indefinitely. By stirring this into the hardening cement that had spilt into the room containing the signalling equipment for the Victoria Line, workers were able to delay it from hardening."
construction  food  tube  london 
january 2014 by kevan
Change the size of food and your appetite with AR system from Tokyo U. - DigInfo TV
"When food was magnified 1.5 times, the amount eaten decreased by about 10%. When it was made to look two-thirds its actual size, the amount eaten increased by about 15%."
food  illusions  simulations 
january 2014 by kevan
Baking a Hello World Cake | Products of Mike's Mind
"Running it with an interpreter correctly outputs “Hello world!”, while it also looks like a vaguely reasonable cake recipe. [...] I had to actually see what a hello world cake with chocolate sauce tasted like."
programming  food 
october 2013 by kevan
BBC News - Eating popcorn 'disrupts advertising'
"Researchers found that viewers remember brands by simulating the pronunciation of a new name with their mouths. But this "inner speech" can be disturbed by chewing, rendering adverts redundant."
food  advertising  memory  via:newsmary 
october 2013 by kevan
Cadbury Dairy Milk: why rounded chunks of chocolate taste sweeter | Life and style |
"[People] will match the sweeter taste of milk chocolate with rounder shapes, while matching the more bitter taste of dark chocolate with shapes that are more angular."
food  illusions 
october 2013 by kevan
What Is the Mystery Flavor of Dum Dums? | Mental Floss
"The Mystery Flavor pop is a mixture of two flavors that come together when the end of one batch of candy meets the beginning of the next batch [rather than] shutting down to clean out the candy equipment between flavors."
food  secrets  mysteries 
march 2013 by kevan
In London, Kellogg's Swaps Snacks For Tweets To #tweetshop | Global News - Advertising Age
"Kellogg's is bridging the gap between social currency and real-life money by letting customers at a central London pop-up store pay for Special K Cracker Crisps with a tweet."
food  advertising  twitter  camrad  via:josh 
september 2012 by kevan
Alzheimer's could be the most catastrophic impact of junk food | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
"Plenty of research still needs to be done. But, if the current indications are correct, Alzheimer's disease could be another catastrophic impact of the junk food industry, and the worst discovered so far."
brains  pestilence  food 
september 2012 by kevan
Scott and Scurvy
"Somehow a highly-trained group of scientists at the start of the 20th century knew less about scurvy than the average sea captain in Napoleonic times. Scott left a base abundantly stocked with fresh meat, fruits, apples, and lime juice, and headed out on the ice for five months with no protection against scurvy, all the while confident he was not at risk. What happened?"
disease  medicine  science  history  food 
june 2012 by kevan
A confit of confusion, with a garnish of mind games
"You used to order from least expensive to most expensive in a line down the menu. Most people would then head for a third of the way down the list. Now, we've become a lot cleverer, largely due to research in the United States. The prices are not in order, and they're not listed in a separate column on the right."
food  psychology  money 
june 2012 by kevan
Ego Depletion « You Are Not So Smart
"Right before a meal, the judges granted parole to about 20 percent of those appearing before them. The less glucose in judges’ bodies, the less willing they were to make the active choice of setting a person free and accepting the consequences."
psychology  delusions  brains  food 
april 2012 by kevan
Slouching toward a bananapocalypse? | Grist
"Success in the globalized food trade has come to mean planting crops far away from where they evolved, in a climate as similar as possible, and then sitting back and collecting the profits until the pests show up."
food  bananas  pestilence  via:blech 
november 2011 by kevan
Dinosaurus and their Biscuits - Biscuit Classification
"A classification of biscuits is proposed, based on a scientifically sound cladistic methodology. [...] As a logical solution, these results suggest that the implementation of a three-way classification is necessary, including a new group of biscuit-cake intermediates, the pseudobiscuits."
food  science  via:sarah 
july 2011 by kevan
Why Do We Like The Taste Of Protein? | Wired Science
"We eat calorically dense foods because we are also trying to pleasure this secondary [gastro-intestinal] pathway, which responds not to the nuances of flavor but to the brute intake of energy."
food  science  history  delusions  via:zarba 
june 2011 by kevan
Meat-Eating Furniture : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR
"A lamp shade robot, an Auger-Loizeau Carnivorous Domestic Robot Entertainment design, is powered by incoming flies."
electricity  death  furniture  light  food  via:dunx 
february 2011 by kevan
Make: VCR Cat Feeder
"Any old VCR has a programmable timer that connects to motors for recording TV shows. This is analogous to feeding a cat, and following this principle, you can convert a VCR into a weekend pet feeder."
cats  food  technology  hacking 
july 2010 by kevan
British birdfeeders split blackcaps into two genetically distinct groups : Not Exactly Rocket Science
"Rolshausen thinks that the crucial factor was human altruism - by giving food to wintering birds, we also gave an advantage to any individuals with mutations that sent them in an unorthodox direction."
birds  food  genetics  mutation  travel 
december 2009 by kevan Kashiwa Mystery Cafe
"At this cafe, you get what the person before you ordered. The next person gets what you ordered."
food  mysteries  art  japan  shops  via:waxy 
october 2009 by kevan
iCream - Google Maps
"Using the music played by ice cream vans to learn stuff. Maybe. What do ice cream van territories look like? How big are they? Do they overlap?"
food  maps  ice  music  transport  sound 
june 2009 by kevan
CR Blog » Blog Archive » Meet Mr Chicken
"We design a hell of a lot of logos for chicken shops of which we’ve never registered any of them, and if these names are not registered people just use them, right?"
food  birds  advertising  design  memetics  via:amuchmoreexotic 
march 2009 by kevan
Landshare - What is Landshare
"With allotment waiting lists massively over-subscribed and people right across the country keener than ever to grow their own fruit and veg, the aim for Landshare is to become a UK wide initiative to make British land more productive and fresh local produce more accessible to all."
food  plants  society 
december 2008 by kevan
Wingless Fruitflies | Carnivorous Plant Nursery
"Wingless fruit flies are a natural genetic variation of the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. They will remain wingless as long as they are kept in plugged containers and only allowed to breed with other wingless fruit flies. [...] The fruit flies are easily sprinkled into the traps for quick, natural feeding."
insects  plants  genetics  food 
december 2008 by kevan
Games Without Frontiers: Fun Way to Lose Weight: Turn Dieting Into an RPG
"As I watched her poke around on the screen, managing inventory, calculating points, staying within her range, it hit me: Weight Watchers is an RPG."
games  food  psychology 
august 2008 by kevan
Alt Text: Killjoy Cooking With the Dungeons & Dragons Crowd
"I'm so mad that there's a new edition of The Better Joy Cookbook out. Thanks for making my old copy obsolete, you greedy hacks!"
roleplaying  food  humour  via:bateleur 
june 2008 by kevan
Is Online Marketing Making Kids Obese?
"Kentucky Fried Chicken used a high-pitched Mosquito tone, [audible] only to those with extremely undamaged hearing such as children, in its television ad." During the line they wanted kids to pay attention to, which they then pitched as a 'competition'.
advertising  camrad  food  sound  ears 
march 2008 by kevan
ARGNet: The Joker's latest task is a Piece of Cake
"When the number [iced on the cake] was called, the cake itself rang! [Inside the cake] was an evidence bag filled with goodies - a cell phone and charger, a Joker playing card, and a note which instructed the person to call a different phone number."
food  phones  args 
december 2007 by kevan
Japan in culinary offensive to stop spread of US fish | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"The keepers of Japan's biggest lake have called on the public to join in one final push to eat the bluegill fish - possibly the most reviled creature in Japan - into extinction before it does the same to threatened native species."
japan  fish  food  evolution 
november 2007 by kevan
Mapping the overlapping flavour components of ingredients. "So I can reconstruct basil by combining coriander, tarragon, cloves, laurel."
food  science  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2007 by kevan
Persistent coughs melt away with chocolate - 22 November 2004 - New Scientist
"Those given theobromine needed about one-third more capsaicin to produce coughing than those who took codeine. Codeine was only marginally more effective than the placebo at preventing coughing."
medicine  food  pestilence 
october 2007 by kevan
Passport To Pimlico (1949)
The logistics of a sudden micronation, played out slowly and simply and full of Blitz spirit, but with a lot more logical consistency than I remembered. Apart from them forgetting about the Thames.
filmlog  3stars  london  politics  society  law  food 
october 2007 by kevan
The unhappier you are, the more ice cream you get
"Employing voice stress analysis of the user’s answers to specific questions, varying degrees of unhappiness are measured and the counteractive quantity of ice cream is dispensed: The more unhappy you are, the more ice cream you need."
depression  food  technology  via:yao 
september 2007 by kevan
Modelling dishes and exploring culinary precisions: the two issues of molecular gastronomy
"These sauces were studied using optical microscopy, and the complete formulas were found. In many cases, the formula could be simplified. This modelling led to the discovery that all the French classical sauces belong to 23 groups only."
food  science  nano  via:leonard 
september 2007 by kevan
Food manufacturers target children on internet after regulator's TV advertising clampdown | Food and drink | Life and Health
"Brands such as McDonald's, Starburst, Haribo and Skittles are using the internet to target children now that new rules from the media regulator Ofcom have made it difficult to advertise during children's television."
food  advertising  law 
july 2007 by kevan
Michel Gagné - Animation
"In the Fall of 2006, I was contacted by Brad Bird to create a series of animated vignettes for his movie Ratatouille. The concept was to design and animate abstract representations of what the character was tasting."
food  synaesthesia  art  films  via:infosthetics 
july 2007 by kevan
Why Not Eat Insects? - Vincent M. Holt
A pamphlet of oversimplified 19th century vagueness, endlessly repeating how Holt ate some particular delicious insect in the Colonies once, and if it's good enough for the Arabs and Hottentots, maybe England's poor could be persuaded to eat them as well.
booklog  insects  food  society 
june 2007 by kevan
Code of Practice on Noise from Ice Cream Van Chimes etc. 1982 [pdf]
"It is an Offence to sound your chimes so as to cause annoyance: [...] Except on approach to a selling point [...] When in sight of another ice-cream van which is trading [...] More often than once every 2 hours in the same street."
food  law  ice  sound  via:tim  filetype:pdf  media:document 
june 2007 by kevan
Cake Rental
Fake plastic wedding cakes with a single, real slice. "After the couple's 'feeding each other' act, the display cake is taken back into the kitchen and the guests are served regular sheet cakes from the local bakery or wholesale store."
food  plastic  love  illusions  lies  via:hoaxes 
june 2007 by kevan
Raspberry Debacle » Blog Archive » A Sketch Towards a Taxonomy of Meta-Desserts
"Dessertoms are not infinitely stable: many, such as 'crepe' and 'sweet bread', are actually very unstable, and can easily turn into a dessert that would be horrible."
food  meta  maths  via:holly 
june 2007 by kevan
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories - Solid freeform fabrication: DIY, on the cheap, and made of pure sugar
3D printing with sugar. "We mounted the hot air gun to the system and placed a piece of bread where the sugar would normally go - allowing us to make CNC (computer numerically controlled) toast, demonstrating [the] X and Y motion control systems."
technology  food  via:mcios 
may 2007 by kevan
Raspberry Debacle
Holly starts a food blog. "I decided to make my own [marzipan], on the off-chance that it would be nicer, or that at the very least the need to stand over it with a whisk for twelve minutes would have a Stockholm Syndrome effect and force me to like it."
food  weblogs 
march 2007 by kevan
DM's Esoteric Programming Languages - Chef
An esolang whose code is in the format of a likely-inedible food recipe. "'Liquify contents of the [nth] mixing bowl.' - This turns all the ingredients in the nth mixing bowl into a liquid, i.e. a Unicode characters for output purposes."
programming  food 
march 2007 by kevan
EXCLUSIVE - Waffle House grill cook cheat sheet on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"The photographs indicate the way in which a cook marks his orders. These secret plate markers allow a Waffle House cook to simultaneously prepare multiple customer orders at once."
food  language  secrets  via:infosthetics 
march 2007 by kevan
The Restaurant Game Project
"The Restaurant Game is a research project at the MIT Media Lab that will algorithmically combine the gameplay experiences of thousands of players to create a new game. [...] Everyone who plays The Restaurant Game will be credited as a Game Designer."
games  emergence  food 
february 2007 by kevan
"Whenever there is a new report about GM rice, a quarter cup of rice is dispensed into the cooker. When the cooker has enough rice for a meal, water is added [and] the cooker is switched on [and] an email is sent out to inviting people to eat the rice."
food  news  technology  art  via:infosthetics 
january 2007 by kevan
Enzymatic Browning in Fruits, Vegetables and Seafoods
"The mechanism of wound healing in aquatic organisms is similar to that which occurs in plants in that the compounds produced as a result of the polymerization of quinones exhibit both antibacterial and antifungal activities."
food  plants  fish  science 
december 2006 by kevan - Japanese unveil robot wine steward - September 03, 2006
"At the end of the robot's left arm is an infrared spectrometer. [...] When a reporter's hand was placed against the robot's taste sensor, it was identified as prosciutto."
robots  food  drinks  technology  light 
september 2006 by kevan
Lick Your Wounds Candy Scabs: 12CT Box
"Each pack includes candy scabs and 5 plastic bandages which are stickable just like a real bandage. A plastic compartment on the bandage opens to reveal a pressed dextrose candy scab."
children  food  medicine  via:leonard 
september 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Bees get a buzz from warm flowers
"Bees need to warm up to fly, they need to have body temperatures of at least 30C. [...] In that sense, seeking out flowers with warmer nectar is a direct metabolic reward; it supplies them with energy that they would otherwise have to invest."
bees  plants  food  evolution 
august 2006 by kevan
UK faces square-shaped melon invasion
"Square-shaped watermelons, imported from Brazil and taking 60 days to reach maturity, are to be sold in Tesco's British stores for the first time this autumn."
food  mutation 
august 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Travel | Brits can't leave home without tea and beans
"One-third of holidaymakers take teabags away with them and more than one-quarter take sweets and chocolate around on their travels. As many as 13% take Marmite, while nearly 2.8m tins of baked beans are taken abroad every year."
food  nostalgia  travel  via:arbroath 
june 2006 by kevan
The Monkey Chow Diaries
"On June 3, 2006, I began my week of eating nothing but monkey chow: 'a complete and balanced diet for the nutrition of primates, including the great apes.'"
food  monkeys  apes  weblogs  via:arbroath 
june 2006 by kevan
Times Online - Cheating chefs leave bad taste with fake food
"The site also explains how to inject wild-mushroom flavour into duck, make a 'wine sauce' with a violet-coloured powder, add a zest of bottled scallop to scallop tagliatelli, and spray saffron perfume on to a marzipan turnover."
food  france  cheating  illusions  science  via:hoaxes 
june 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Mrs Beeton couldn't cook but she could copy, reveals historian
"Although she was a plagiarist, she was adding value. [...] Mrs Beeton had the radical idea of putting the ingredients at the start of the recipe [and] thought that it might be a good idea to write how long something should be cooked for."
food  history  cheating  books 
june 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The rise and rise of convenience food
"Britain's most popular convenience food [is] about to get even more convenient. 'Instant' baked beans on toast, a frozen, fused sandwich that goes in the toaster, is to be tested by Heinz in New Zealand and if successful, launched in the UK."
food  time  lunacy 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | A merry band
"Pausing long enough to pose for photographs, the Robin Hood gang then vanished into the warren of houses and stepped gardens overlooking Hamburg's picturesque Elbe River. [...] The raid [appeared] to be inspired by the hit German film The Edukators."
crime  food  politics  germany  via:idiolect 
may 2006 by kevan
Miracle Fruit - The Old Sweet Lime Trick
"Placing a quantity in the mouth together with a sour substance initially tastes sour, but will slowly change to a sweet taste as the protein binds gradually to the receptors of the taste buds, modifying their function."
food  plants  illusions 
may 2006 by kevan
Sky News: Whatever: New Chav Look For Sweets
"A supermarket has launched a new streetwise variation on the classic Lovehearts sweets. [...] The pastel-coloured Whatevers are stamped with the words Minger, Chav, Proper, Bothered, You What, Whatever, Mint, Respect and As If."
food  society  language  via:arbroath 
april 2006 by kevan
Melbourne: great baking from Australia
"In Victoria, bakers share information freely with one another, they help each other out, and (on the quiet) they compete with one another. Here in Britain they'll compete for customers, [...] to be the biggest and most lucrative bakery in the region."
food  australia  business  via:jones 
april 2006 by kevan
Pimp My Snack - Giant Creme Egg
"1. Standard size easter egg from a well known manufacturer. 2. Box of 48 creme eggs (same brand)."
food  lunacy  via:mcios 
april 2006 by kevan
Tesco Value Set - a photoset on Flickr
Terrifying gallery of Tesco Value products. Fish Fingers. Christmas Pudding. Three-Button Mice. Folding Chairs. Gin.
shops  photos  money  food  drinks 
march 2006 by kevan
YouTube - How to peel cooked potato skin in one shot.
Overdramatic Japanese video clip: slice a circle around the skin before boiling it, then dip it in ice-cold water for a moment, and the skin slides off.
food  hacking  japan 
march 2006 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Hob Nob mob eats biscuit city - all in the name of art
"Within a few minutes the edible high-rise business district had gone the way of the shortbread and wafer Forbidden City."
food  art  architecture 
february 2006 by kevan
Treehugger: Trends in Japan: Sweets in Disguise
"Many [Japanese men] feel too embarrassed to eat elaborate cakes and the like in public. For men like this, especially middle-aged businessmen, the great thing about the sweets at Mamido's Burger is that they come disguised as fast food."
food  japan  lies 
february 2006 by kevan
Gode Cookery: The History of the Cockentrice
"Take a capon, scald it, drain it clean, then cut it in half at the waist; take a pig, scald it, drain it as the capon, and also cut it in half at the at the waist; take needle and thread and sew the front part of the capon to the back part of the pig."
food  mutation  history  pigs  birds 
february 2006 by kevan
National Zoo - Edible Insects
"Ramos-Elorduy suggests there are no fewer than 34 reasons to explore insects as a food source, including their impressive nutritive value, easy breeding in captivity, and high biomass."
insects  food 
january 2006 by kevan
How many atoms of Jesus you eat every
"Interestingly, but somewhat off topic, transubstantiation means that eventually the earth's entire biomass will be made out of Jesus."
religion  food  maths 
december 2005 by kevan
The Times: Invasion of Six-Foot Jellyfish
"The problem first became obvious in the late summer when fishermen chasing anchovies, salmon and yellowtail began finding huge numbers of the jellyfish in their nets."
fish  monsters  apocalypse  food  water  via:collision 
december 2005 by kevan
Plokta Issue 23 - An Appraisal of the Utility of a Chocolate Teapot
"Events started to diverge from the course expected of a standard teapot in a very short timescale. The first evidence of loss of containment was observed at approximately T+5s, in the form of a major leak in the vicinity of the handle (Fig 5)."
food  drinks  science  water  pointless  via:lmg 
november 2005 by kevan
Times Online: Time please, but see you all again in 40 minutes
Licencing laws changing at midnight Thursday. "The main beneficiary of the hour-long interregnum will be the fast-food industry, which is expected to do a roaring trade for those drinkers who are turfed out for 40 minutes on Wednesday evening."
drinks  law  food  nomic  via:qwghlm 
november 2005 by kevan
MIT: Counter Intelligence
"Our goal is [to] make the kitchen the center of family life by providing technologies that improve functionality and engage us cognitively and socially." Sensor-laden cutlery, modular tables, trivets that shout 'fire'.
food  technology  design  cutlery  via:mcios 
november 2005 by kevan
Clucking Points (
Casting specs for KFC advert voiceovers. "The voice should have broad appeal. It should elicit a sort of instant universal head nod. It should sound like someone anybody would want to hang out and eat some chicken with."
advertising  food  psychology  via:arbroath 
november 2005 by kevan
What's Up Tiger Lily (1966)
Random Japanese spy film dubbed with a new script by Woody Allen, comedy English dialogue being impressively closely lip-synched. Proto-MST3K, and much better than the rubbish cover and single backhanded box-quote suggest.
filmlog  3stars  japan  secrets  food  language  comedy 
november 2005 by kevan
antiTHESIS forum: The Invention of Marzipan
"According to the bare bones of the story, Marzipan was invented in Lubeck in 1407 during a Famine, or Hungersnot so severe that all there was left to eat were some almonds, eggs and sugar."
food  history 
november 2005 by kevan
Express & Star - Speeders to be handed chocolates
"It may seem unusual to hand out chocolate and balloons instead of fixed penalty tickets but this is more an educational and awareness exercise."
transport  police  food  crime  toys  via:arbroath 
october 2005 by kevan
Forbidden Planet: Doctor Who Dalek Salt & Pepper Set
"Authentic sculpted and decorated figurines. 2 daleks, Gold for salt, black for pepper."
daleks  food 
october 2005 by kevan
Landscape - A Most Unusual Garden
Landscaping around a slaughterhouse and gelatine factory. "[...] airborne particles from the factory buildings needed to be filtered by passing through trees; and amenities had to be provided for workers at lunchtime."
plants  design  death  food  via:boynton 
october 2005 by kevan
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