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‘Highwaymen’ beetles rob ants of the food in their stomachs
This is a stick-up!BH, CLKBy Mary BatesKarma is very quick sometimes. Jet ants make their nests inside those of other ants, ultimately taking them over. But they are also victimised by pests of their...
How startup Bistro Planet delivers to foodies, and help the trucks that make the food
Bistro Planet differs from other food truck apps out there because it takes a broader, more holistic approach, Edery said. "We set out to establish a technology framework that addresses many of [food...
Meet the 'vegan mafia,' a secret group of investors betting on the future of food
The vegan mafia is not restricting itself to entrepreneurs who don't eat meat. Many of the founders of their portfolio companies are more concerned with the environmental or societal impacts of meat,...
Amazon looks to new food technology for home delivery
Amazon.com is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S....
Every company is a tech company now (even Blue Apron)
You've heard of Just Mayo. It's made by Hampton Creek, which makes food using only plants, with no animal products. Sure, it sells a food product in grocery stores, which makes it a food company and part...
I tried ingesting rat tapeworm parasites and my poo turned green
Bottoms up!Dave StockBy Andy CoghlanDown the microscope, they looked like tiny, sperm-like things, hatching out of their hidey-holes. A few minutes later, I was swallowing dozens of larval-stage parasites,...
Lectin-free is the new food fad that deserves to be skewered
Spilling the beansGetty ImagesJust in case there was not enough fear and misinformation about food, the latest restrictive fad sent to cure us of all ills is the lectin-free diet. Lectins, a family of...
Lyft signs deal with Taco Bell allowing riders to stop for late night drive-though
Taco Bell and Lyft's initial test will be limited to a "tight region" around the Newport Beach location and include taco logos inside the app, branded taco-themed vehicles and in-car menus, said Melissa...
Amazon rolls out its own line of ready-to-cook meals
NEW YORK - Amazon (AMZN) has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business.Amazon-branded meal kits come with raw ingredients needed to prepare...
Use food waste rather than crops for biofuels, says UK report
This bus runs on biofuel made from waste cooking oilEverett Kennedy Brown/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Michael Le PageBiofuels made from genuine waste can help can reduce carbon emissions and should be encouraged,...
Celebrity chef: What I fear most about Amazon Whole Foods deal
If I could look up at a project rooftop on my morning jog and know that Amazon helped to create a farmers market there with rows of fresh vegetables that could be sold back to Whole Foods at an affordable...
Blue Apron shares grinds 9% higher in stock market debut
Blue Apron is one of several start-ups attacking the food delivery business, but the first to IPO. The company's business focuses on delivering refrigerated, portioned ingredients for particular recipes....
Wall Street bails on Target after Amazon’s deal for Whole Foods
A difficult year for Target is getting worse. Wall Street is now more worried about Amazon's threat to Target after the e-commerce giant's $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods Market. Target shares fell...
UberEATS driver has access to company ‘removed’ after couple receives mouldy food
An UberEATS driver in Toronto has had his access to the service revoked after a couple had mouldy, half-eaten food delivered to them.UberEATS, an offshoot of the Uber ride-hailing company, is a third-party...
Collective rather than individual action can beat obesity
Sharing the burdenJustin Kase/z12z/Alamy Stock PhotoYOU can’t be fat and fit. That was the take-home message of a big study published last month, which found that people with obesity are much more likely...
Your mind as well as your senses deserves a place at mealtimes
Are you ready for cross-sensory dining?Emile Loreaux/PicturetankWHEN did you last conduct a complex chemical experiment? For most of us, the answer is probably whenever you last spent any time in a kitchen....
Using Technology to Create New Kind of Plant-Based Food
Whether it’s for religious, ethical or health reasons, people who don’t eat meat have had vegetarian options with the help of some creativity in the kitchen. Plants may also hold the key to solving global...
Drivers could lose up to 25,000 jobs per month when self-driving cars hit, Goldman Sachs says
Uber formally launched Uber Freight last week with a self-driving executive at the helm, expanding its reach in the trucking industry, even as it fights in court with Alphabet over whether some of its...
You can order food straight from Facebook now
Facebook is rolling out the option to order food straight from its app, with no need to open up a separate restaurant page or jump away from the endless scrolling you're doing through your friends' vacation...
Mass landfills are saving endangered vultures from extinction
Rubbish dumps could be a key survival factor for Egyptian vulturesRoger Eritja/GettyBy Lou Del BelloThe endangered Egyptian vulture, which is disappearing in Europe and globally at an alarming rate, could...
Call obesity a disease and food a pathological agent? No thanks
The language of food can be contentiousSally Anscombe/GettyShould obesity be recontextualised as a “chronic relapsing progressive disease process”, with food as the “pathological agent”? Yes, says the...
Culinary world gets creative to cut food waste
More than 40 percent of food waste ends up in our landfills every year, but a new movement is underway to change that by finding creative ways to repurpose leftover ingredients.Gunnar Gíslason is an internationally...
Male robins can guess and satisfy their partner’s food cravings
I reckon this is what you’re afterrmarnold/GettyBy Maria BolevichIt’s not just humans who get pregnancy cravings. The females of one bird species also seem to get an itch for certain foods when they are...
You spy with your little eye, dogs can adopt the perspective of humans
Humans are able to interpret the behavior of others by attributing mental states to them (and to themselves). By adopting the perspectives of other persons, they can assume their emotions, needs and intentions...
Preserving mankind's food source in the Arctic tundra
On an island about halfway between Oslo and the North Pole is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an international effort to safeguard the sources of the world's food supply. The complex, built underneath...
In a decade many fast food restaurants will be automated, says Yum Brands CEO
AI, robots and automation could replace humans in the food services industry "by the mid [2020's]," Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed told CNBC on Tuesday. The Yum executive says his company, which owns several...
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...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark