You might be compelled to laugh off the idea, but then you are not Cesar Manrique. An architect by profession, Manrique has been operating El Diablo, a restaurant where food is cooked using volcanic heat, for over 40 years now. The famous customised grill at the restaurant is nothing less than an 'architectural feat'. After all, nine layers of volcanic basalt rock were used to make this 'suitable cooking pit'.
Tempted for a visit? Well, the restaurant is located in Timanfaya National Park, on Lanzarote, a Spanish island northwest of Morocco and rest assured, the volcano is dormant and had its last eruption in 1824.
Talk about bizarre inventions. A team of scientists have successfully created thin strips of muscle tissue using a small amount of meat stem cells from a cow. They are currently in the process of 'producing' a hamburger using this tissue. Beware, it would come at a whopping price of US $330,000. The team at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, were previously planning to create a sausage, by the way.
Professor Mark Post, in charge of the team working on the project, presented the fake meat at an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting recently. "Technologically, we can make small pieces of muscle and therefore meat," he said, adding, “We are rapidly heading toward a meat crisis. Meat consumption is going to double in the next 40 years.” According to a report in science journal Brain, he envisions that a small herd of ‘donor’ animals would contribute stem cells to producing quantities of synthetic meat.
Remember GJ1214b, the new planet that was discovered in 2009 and described as 'super-Earth'? About 2.7 times Earth's diameter, the planet is again in the limelight. This time around, researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have claimed that the planet is 'dominated not by rock, gas or other common materials, but water.'
"GJ1214b is like no planet we know of," astronomer Zachary Berta said. Berta and his co-authors used Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope to study the planet when it crossed in front of its host star. According to a recent report, the light of the star filtered through the planet’s atmosphere and gave clues to the mix of gasses, backing up the water vapor theory. "The Hubble measurements really tip the balance in favor of a steamy atmosphere," Berta said.
Now this is what no fashionista could have ever imagined doing – Dripping natural ingredients such as seathorn, seaweed and algae on their yogurt in a quest to become beautiful!
Welcome to the world of edible cosmetics. Goji berries, acai and other 'delicious no-calorie ingredients’ are now being sold as 'nutricosmetics'. The end result? Edible products that claim to enhance your skin.
According to an article in The New York Times, famous Australian makeup artist Sue Devitt concocted one such “functional skin care product, during an inspirational visit to a friend’s farm where she noticed her face glowing after feasting on fresh berries.” So what are you waiting for? Eat, drink, drizzle and combat everything from ageing to acne!
Lego Group, the world’s third-biggest toymaker, has been known for its colorful, put-together blocks forever. Now, they are keen on giving their patrons another reason to make itself famous by showcasing its green credentials. The company is buying a third of a German offshore wind power project.
Lego's parent company, Kirkbi A/S, will invest US $534 million for a 32 per cent stake in DONG Energy's 277-megawatt Borkum Riffgrund1 wind farm, scheduled to be fully operational in 2015.
What will be the toy giant gain by investing in the project? “This investment supports the Lego Group's ambitious environmental goals,” Kirkbi Chief Executive Soren Thorup Sorensen said. “This also provides a solid long-term investment for us with a reasonable return,” he added. The investment would enable them to reach a target of generating enough renewable power to meet their energy needs till 2020.