Space the Final Frontier
In the future, becoming an astronaut might not involve consuming dehydrated cream of mushroom soup.
According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, “Russian space farmers” have managed to grow a variety of crops on board the International Space Station, and yesterday, they were verified as safe to eat.
If you avoid Instagram on Sunday afternoons due to the endless stream of mimosa-and-omelet photos it yields, you may be missing an opportunity for weight loss.
A BYU study found that maybe, just maybe, “seeing photos of certain foods, as opposed to eating them, still gives you a feeling of satiation, which makes those foods less appealing” when you go to stuff them in your face IRL, TechCrunch reports.
Don't Hate -- Masticate
The United Nations predicts that by 2050, the Earth’s population will reach 9.6 billion. Even though we’re getting really good at force-feeding factory farmed cows—and even growing test-tube burgers—we’re still going to need a lot more meat if we’re going to want to feed ourselves. Enter Farm 432 with a solution: forget those damned cows; grow your own bugs instead.
If you can afford a smartphone, you can afford meals. At least that’s what we thought until we learned of the forthcoming Leftover Swap app, which enables users to barter their old food.
It’s the kind of thing that could work on college campuses — but like pledging a fraternity or chugging Everclear, just because college students do it doesn’t make it right.
Feast your eyes on Viewfinder Head to the App Store to check out Viewfinder, the sleek, newly updated photo-sharing app developed by a team of ex-Google and Microsoft folk. The app conveniently organizes your photos by date and location, and allows you to “dial through your memories” with a really cool, easy-to-use scroll-y device. You can also privately share your photos and instant messages with other Viewfinder users—like a more personal version of Instagram or Facebook. Maybe Viewfinder’s trying to make a subtle hint to hipsters posting photos of their vegan eggs benedict to Facebook: not everyone needs to see that.
Planet Google, Planet GOOG
The one thing still lacking in the American iPhone case market? Edibility.
Luckily, Japan’s got you covered. For $64 you can buy the “Survival Senbei Rice Cracker iPhone 5 Case,” which is shaped like an ordinary iPhone case, but handmade of brown rice and salt by someone suspiciously named “‘Mariko’” (quotation marks included).
App for That
If Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban freaked you out, you’re going to drool over Google’s new search feature.
This morning, Google announced it’s going to start incorporating nutritional information into its search results. Apparently they’ve collected stats for over a thousand fruits, vegetables, meats and meals, and they’ll show up in a sidebar whenever you search a particular food. In other words, you’ll never be able to search “Nutella recipes” without feeling guilty again.
It’s surprisingly difficult to stand on a street corner and use your smartphone to find a restaurant you’ll actually like. Yelp, for example, just serves up a long list of other people’s favorites. But a new-and-improved version of the recommendations app Ness, released late last night, hopes to remedy that.
Open Ness 2.0, CEO Corey Reese told Betabeat, and “it provides instant recommendations without a person having to take any interaction at all.”
Release the Memes
You know how some people (like, hypothetically) eat their way through vacation? A little pasta in Rome, some cheese in Paris, barbecue in the South. A new pop-up hotel that recently opened in London is taking that concept quite literally, creating hotel rooms made entirely out of edible goods.
You might want to leave your Nike Fuelband at home for this one.
Oh god. Fresh out of the U.K. and the dairy aisle comes “Milking,” a new internet craze. To be a “milker,” one must stand in a public place and dump an entire jug of milk over one’s head. It’s an extraordinary waste of food and time, but kind of amazing to watch in the worst kind of way.
But what is it with wasting dairy products for the sake of some public reactions? Is “coning,” the act of sticking an ice cream cone onto your head while going through a drive-through to blame? This is the worst Internet trend since planking.