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Scientists find way to turn food waste into tires
Tomato peels, eggshells and other food that gets discarded could be turned into sustainable rubber for use in tires, according to a new study.Researchers found that the petroleum-based material used as...
Honey, please pick up some grilled tilapia at the gas station
[...] while the brick exterior is connected to a Liberty gas station and resembles a well-fortified bunker, the authentic Thai fare served in a charming dining room is drawing locals and adventuresome...
Blue glow in Tasmania Bay may signal trouble
An ethereal blue light riding the waves along a beach in Tasmania may be enchanting, but it’s actually a signal that the bay may be in danger. That’s because the eerie glow comes from a bloom of bioluminescent...
Startup Everytable serves affordable, healthful meals
You may have heard of so-called "food deserts," sections of American cities where options for buying healthy food are few and far between. Two entrepreneurs in California saw the situation as both a social...
Food scientists weigh in on 50% Subway chicken test—it’s 100% weird
Enlarge / Subway Founder Peter BuckGetty | James Marshall reader comments 0 Share this story Earlier this week, Ars reported that an investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Marketplace...
Organic material helping extend life of fresh produce
In our new series Real Food, we’re exploring the evolving way food is produced, sourced and distributed. In this edition we take a look at a Southern California startup that says their product can extend...
New evidence on the diet of the 'Homo antecessor' from Atapuerca
The Homo antecessor, a hominin species that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula around 800,000 years ago, would have a mechanically more demanding diet than other hominin species in Europe and the African...
Altruistic or a ploy? Snack maker spurs FDA to redefine “healthy”
Enlarge reader comments 15 Share this story Next month, the US Food and Drug Administration will hold a public hearing to gather consumers’ thoughts, suggestions, and hopes for food allowed to be labeled...
You are what you eat: Old food shortens lifespan in animals
Would eating one keep you younger?Paul Sawer/FLPABy Sam WongYou are what you eat – so does eating old food make you old? It sounds far-fetched, but experiments on mice, flies and yeast suggest that it...
Climate change is transforming the world's food supply
ATLANTA — Climate change is poised to affect the world’s food supply in three key ways, experts say.“There will be impacts on the quantity, quality and location of the food we produce,” said Dr. Sam Myers,...
Vitamin D in our food could save lives
Because the likes of us can't be trusted to eat properly or go outside in the sunshine, poor old science is once again having to pick up the pieces and fix our frail, pale bodies. The latest plan that...
Junk food tax and veg subsidies could add 500,000 years of life
Cheaper fruit and vegetables would save on healthcare in the long runJason Freeman/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Alice Klein in SydneyTaxing junk food and subsidising healthier options could save Australia billions...
Honeybees let out a ‘whoop’ when they bump into each other
Headbutts come as a surpriseSimon Colmer/NaturePLBy Sam WongWhoop whoop! A vibrational pulse produced by honeybees, long thought to be a signal to other bees to stop what they are doing, might actually...
We should have no beef with bureaucracy if it keeps food safe
What’s the beef?L Piere Bonbon/Alamy Stock PhotoLOCALS were startled last week when thousands of Skittles were found on a road in Wisconsin. But they were even more startled when the fruity sweets turned...
Woman, prosecuted for ceviche sales on Facebook, settles with DA
Enlarge / Ceviche, as pictured here, is a dish served in many parts of Latin America. It's made of raw fish cured in citrus juices.David Silverman/Getty Images reader comments 4 Share this story Further...
Ancient Egyptian “pot burials” are not what they seem
Enlarge / A selection of child and infant pot burials from an ancient cemetery in Adaïma, Egypt. They are between 7,500-4,700 years old. Note that some of the pots are distinctly egg-shaped.Béatrix Midant-Reynes,...
The trunk trick that lets elephants pick up almost anything
Muscular manoeuvresPatrice Correia/Biosphoto/FLPABy Andy CoghlanA captive African elephant called Kelly has helped to shed light on one of nature’s great mysteries: how elephant trunks that can grip and...
FridgeCam lets you make your dumb fridge smart with a simple camera
reader comments 6 Share this story Ars at CES 2017 Notch is a 3D motion tracking system you’ll actually want to use 10K video, object-based sound, and more: What’s new in HDMI 2.1 Razer demos a sorta...
Your fridge will soon be smarter than you
The new LG smart fridge will soon make everything a little bit easier in the kitchen. GONE are the days of using a refrigerator for the sole purpose of keeping your food fresh. What could you possibly...
For the love of God, eat more nuts… and other 2016 diet derps
Enlarge / Various seeds and dried fruit mixture. Seeds and dried fruits are a source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. Currently, healthy eating includes both foods as an integral part. (Photo by...
10 things we want tech firms to fix in 2017
It’s hard to believe sometimes, but we’re lucky to be alive right now: while things are pretty horrible for many people, most of us live in the safest, most prosperous times the human race has ever experienced....
The 7 best apps for finding brilliant food on the go
You’re out with friends or family in an unfamiliar place, and there’s a terrible noise: it’s your stomach, demanding food.The problem? You’ve got no idea where to find a decent eatery that will please...
Bloody great: Evolution: Climate is a board game “red in tooth and claw”
EnlargeNorth Star Games reader comments 1 Share this story Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games. Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Evolution:...
Can sub-Saharan Africa produce enough food to meet growing demand?
Enlarge / Food basket delivery provided by WOFAK (Women Fighting Aids in Kenya), Nairobi, Kenya.Getty | Godong reader comments 8 Share this story Each year, the planet has to feed more hungry, hungry...
Coke and lobster? Better Delta snacks; wealth hits $90.2 trillion
said Thursday that real estate values increased $554 billion in the third quarter, while Americans’ stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $494 billion. is rolling out new free snacks in its main cabin,...
Honey bee teenagers speed up the aging process of their elders
In honey bee colonies, a single queen is laying eggs from which thousands of worker bees are born. At a young age, workers care for the brood, then build and defend the nest and eventually, towards the...
Just Eat delivers its first takeaway via robot courier
Before the robots rise up and put us under their command, they'll be busy delivering hot takeaway food to our doorsteps: online ordering service Just Eat has announced its first live robot delivery has...
Stop buying organic food if you really want to save the planet
A carbon nightmareDaniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Michael Le PageWANDER around the local supermarket and you will struggle to find any clues to the environmental impact of the food you eat....
Supercharged Plants Aim to Boost Food Production
Scientists have supercharged plant growth by making them more responsive to changes in light and shade. The researchers hope what they have learned by souping up experimental plants will someday help feed...
From Bitcoin to puke-tracking: Walmart uses blockchains to monitor food
Enlarge / Sausage chainGetty | Bloomberg reader comments 5 Share this story As the potential of blockchains rattle beyond the financial realm, Walmart is the latest to try out the technology in the hopes...
Are you ready to eat tiny plants from the sea?
You might have heard of the Green Revolution, or you might not - but either way, you probably owe it your life. Between the 1930s and 1960s, biologist Norman Borlag led reforms that massively increased...
Woman, prosecuted for selling $12 of ceviche on Facebook, now faces trial
EnlargeCyrus Farivar reader comments 0 Share this story STOCKTON, Calif.—Last year, a retired Stockton police sergeant named Gabe Herrera was looking into the sale of unlicensed food. Working as an undercover...
Environmental-impact tax on food? People healthier, planet benefits
EnlargeIsriya Paireepairit reader comments 34 Share this story Food production is responsible for more than 25 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, most of that due to livestock. Yet agriculture has...
Why do seabirds eat plastic?
If it smells like food, and looks like food, it must be food, right? Not in the case of ocean-faring birds that are sometimes found with bellies full of plastic. But very little research examines why birds...
A Healthy Garden Growing in the Kitchen
Growing your own food has always been one of the simplest ways to know exactly what you're eating. From window boxes to full-blown victory gardens, growing and cooking your own food can be satisfying and...
You'll soon be able to order a McDonald's from your phone
Ordering food through an app is a familiar experience for a lot of us now but it sounds like the biggest fast food chain of them all is getting involved - sources speaking to Business Insider say McDonald's...
Postmates buoyed by $141 million as startup funding gets tougher
The co-founder and CEO of Postmates was trying to pitch his San Francisco food delivery business to investors, just as venture capitalists were tightening their belts and cash-burning delivery startups...
Faceboook adds food ordering feature to its app
The social network has been adding new features over the last few months to allow users to shop without having to log in somewhere else.The latest in the company's mobile app will allow people to buy...
Facebook adds food ordering feature
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said users in the United States would be able to order food through the Facebook pages of restaurants starting on Wednesday as part of its efforts to connect users and businesses....
Worms seen farming plants to be eaten later for the first time
Zhenchang ZhuBy Sandrine Ceurstemont Species: Ragworm (Hediste diversicolor) Habitat: Sand and mud in the north-east Atlantic Marine worms have been spotted growing sprouts in their burrows, a type of...
Chicken korma, Eton mess and a genetic variant provide clues to our food choices
People who carry variants in a particular gene have an increased preference for high fat food, but a decreased preference for sugary foods, according to a new study. The research has provided insights...
Scientists Link Toxic Algae to Warm Water
In the northern hemisphere's winter of 2013-2014 an unusual patch of warm water appeared in the northern Pacific ocean. Scientists dubbed it "the blob" and it persisted over the region until this year....
In depth: How artificial intelligence could save humanity's food supply
Humanity has a major food problem. The world's population is expected to increase significantly over the next three decades, but our capacity for food production will struggle to keep pace.Although global...
Every day’s a safety drill as Chipotle woos customers back
A large digital kitchen timer perches near a sink at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. [...] for the last year, Chipotle has been forced to focus on little else, after...
Food waste could store solar, wind energy
Saving up excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun is down or the air is still requires a storage device. Batteries get the most attention as a promising solution although pumped hydroelectric...
So much for the five second rule
Bad news about that so called five second rule. Picture: Jake Nowakowski IT MIGHT be time to reconsider the five-second rule when thinking about eating food that has fallen on the floor. Researchers at...
Researchers debunk 'five-second rule': Eating food off the floor isn't safe
Turns out bacteria may transfer to candy that has fallen on the floor no matter how fast you pick it up. Rutgers researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it's OK to scoop up food and...
It’s official: The five-second rule is down for the count
Sven Schiffer reader comments 10 Share this story Who hasn’t tried to salvage a mouthwatering morsel tragically lost to a germ-covered floor by blurting “FIVE-SECOND RULE!” before diving to the rescue?...
Time is right for a global ban to end trans fat health scandal
When is food not food?Mario Tama/Getty By Luke AllenTHE absence of a global ban on artificial trans fats in food is a looming health scandal. Scientists have known about the dangers of these fats for...
In Depth: How VR is helping transform the way we eat and drink
If there's one technology that's taking over the world right now, it's virtual reality. Key players like Samsung, HTC, Sony and Facebook-owned Oculus are already pioneering VR with their own headsets,...
Data: SF at no risk of a taco truck on every street corner
A day after Latinos for Trump founder Marc Gutierrez issued a dark warning that failing to do anything about Mexico’s “dominant culture” would lead to “taco trucks on every corner,” San Franciscans, apparently...
The threat of robot guards is not enough to stop people stealing
Behave or we will roll very slowly after youKnightscope/WennBy Aviva RutkinWould you do what a robot told you to do? If people stealing food right under the eyes of a bot is anything to go by, RoboCop...
Company's Device Permits On-the-spot Gluten Tests
A California startup has developed a portable technology that will allow consumers to test their food for gluten on the go. "Even when you go out and see these labeled menu items, you are still playing...
Nose Spray Gives Sweet Taste Without Any Sugar
French scientists isolated the natural aromatic molecules that makes sweet foods so appealing.These molecules were then pumped into the noses of people as they tried various mixtures of food and drink...
Childhood obesity strategy stops short of banning junk food ads
Seen it on TV?Janine Wiedel/REX/ShutterstockBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationThe UK government has announced its plans for tackling obesity in children, but has come under criticism for not...
App Unites Diners and Restaurants in Fight Against Food Waste
More than 100,000 meals in Europe have been saved from the rubbish bin over the past 10 months thanks to an app that allows hungry diners to buy leftover food from restaurants at a fraction of the price,...
Social spiders may overshare when food gets scarce
Avilés lab, UBC reader comments 0 Share this story Spiders are notoriously antisocial, with a number of species known for making a meal out of recent mates. But there are some notable exceptions to that...
Got a picky eater? Toddlers form food preferences based on social cues
David Goehring reader comments 18 Share this story The food preferences of toddlers are a mind-boggling enigma. On the one hand, kids under two years old are the most likely age group to accidentally...
‘My pet cat is a cheat and a snitch’
Matt Dunn and his cat named Willow chat with animal communicator, Simonne Lee. You want to bring someone to chat with me. You’re kidding, bruh. SO not only is my cat a treacherous cheat, but she is a goddamn...
Organic Valley highlights authenticity with table-to-farm visits
According to the trade group, sales of organic food and nonfood products in the United States climbed to $44.3 billion in 2015 from $40.4 billion in 2014, which represents the industry’s largest dollar...
Google's next app will make photo editing more social
Google isn't usually shy about launching experimental new apps and then closing them back down again if they don't work, and it sounds like the tech giant's next testing of the app waters will revolve...
Google under fire for ads running with offensive content
Google makes tens of billions of dollars per year in ad sales. This week it's facing a global crisis after some of the world's biggest advertisers halted their spending after concerns that their ads are...
Google is streamlining its chat apps again
Google has a baffling array of chat apps and platforms out there at the moment, so the tech behemoth has decided to try and simplify its approach just a little bit: firstly it's phasing out Google Talk...
Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22
Welcome to your new Hangout. reader comments 40 Share this story Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent...
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