The idea of "spray DNA" sounded very sci-fi when I first read it, until further investigation showed me how behind-the-times I was.
It is already used in stopping burglars (BB Feb. 2011), and now the technology of an invisible spray-on serial number is being leveraged in the fight against food fraud, a growing problem in a price-conscious world which is costing the food industry between $10-$50 billion a year according to food chain security firm Inscatech.
Making food traceable in the supply chain is the work of DNATrek, whose odorless, colorless, tasteless product DNATrax "is 100% safe and approved as an edible product by the FDA." There's no telling if consumers will have a problem with using a food additive in the fight against protecting them from food additives, but it's a tool we could use. With "Iron dust in tea and brick powder in chilli in India" (via Barfblog) or worse, last year's viral tale of "pig bung" being passed off as squid, maybe a little spritzer of traceable bacteria might be easier to swallow.
PETA installed an old-fashioned protest billboard adjacent to the Ohio Renaissance Festival that opened this weekend in Waynesville. The animal rights activists consider the classic Renaissance faire fare of an oversized turkey leg to be distasteful, to say the least. From WLWT5: The billboard — placed near the fairgrounds and showing a turkey’s face — […]
One of the major contributors to greenhouse gases is the methane that cows belch up as they break down cellulose, but five years ago, research from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found that adding small amounts of a pink seaweed called Asparagopsis to cows' diets eliminated the gut microbes responsible for methane […]
The City of Santa Monica is looking to displace a year old homeless feeding program because it is too successful. ABC7: Steve Petramale has been feeding at least 100 homeless people every week at Reed Park for more than a year. Santa Monica officials told Petramale the park is not a good location for his […]
Life isn’t getting any less hectic, and pressure cookers are a quick, healthy solution for a growing number of kitchens. But if you thought your Instant Pot was versatile, there’s a major upgrade on the market: The Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker. If you’ve somehow never used a pressure cooker before, try […]
When it comes to data analytics or deep learning, there’s one language behind the apps and algorithms that power the biggest companies of today: Python. The best part about this tool is that as versatile as it is, it’s actually fairly easy to learn. But mastery? For that, you need more than just a beginners’ […]
Your smartphone’s GPS is a modern necessity for some trips, but how do you use it safely? It’s been a problem ever since phones went mobile. A certain phone mount even shelled out the money for a commercial during the Big Game, so clearly there’s a market for the solution. Turns out there are a […]