World’s first lab-grown burger: Researchers are unveiling the world’s first lab-grown burger in London today. The burger has been grown from stem cells taken from a dead cow. It has cost £215,000 to grow but researchers believe the technology will eventually reduce the cost of meat production and meet growing demand.
5 August 2013
Professor Post is developing a way to grow meat in a lab because he believes that livestock farming is not good for the environment, not good for animals nor, he says, is it going to satisfy the growing demand for meat.
His aim is to produce a burger that looks and tastes just like the real thing but from what I saw at his lab, that is still a work in progress. The flesh, grown from stem cells, is pale white and tasteless, so food technologists have had to mix in breadcrumbs, caramel and saffron to add flavour and beetroot juice to add colour. The mixture is then put together to make the burger that will be cooked and then eaten by two food writers.
Initial testing, during the development process, suggests that it won’t taste great, but according to Professor Post, it will taste good enough.
Climate change violence: Changes to the climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, according to a report in the journal Science. It said even small changes in temperature or rainfall were associated with a rise in conflict.
2 August 2013
Researchers from two American universities looked at data recorded from all around the world – and found the same pattern emerge. Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US.
The report also suggests rising temperatures correlated with large conflicts – including ethnic clashes in Europe and civil wars in Africa.
The researchers say the link is substantial – and they’re now trying to understand why. They believe changing conditions put pressure on resources, such as water and crops – driving some to take up arms.
Other studies show that heat causes a biological response, making people prone to aggression.
The scientists warn that a two-degree-centigrade rise in global temperatures could see personal violence increase by 15%, and group conflicts rise by more than 50% in some regions.
But other research suggests there are more complex factors at play behind most conflicts.
Sound of Music auction: A collection of costumes from the classic 1965 film, The Sound of Music, have sold for $1.3m at an auction in California. They included the dress worn by the film’s lead character Maria, played by Julie Andrews, when she sang “Do Re Mi.”
29 July 2013
There was intense interest in the iconic costumes as they went under the hammer. Potential buyers, gathered in a Los Angeles auction house, faced competition from bidders on the phone and the internet.
The central piece was Maria’s outfit, described by the auctioneers as “a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with a wheat-coloured homespun blouse.” The floral lederhosen worn by the Von Trapp children were also part of the collection. The identity of the successful bidder has not been revealed.
The Sound of Music costumes were sold as part of a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia. Other items included an original cane used by Charlie Chaplin in the comedy Modern Times and, a month after his death, the clothes worn by James Gandolfini in the final scene of the final episode of The Sopranos, sold for $22,000.
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