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It'll always be a brontosaurus as long as i've got something to say about it

Firefox's spellcheck doesn't like it when scientists go around changing our childhood names for dinosaurs.

By fnord12 | May 28, 2014, 3:23 PM | Godzilla & Science | Comments (0)| Link

Almost, But Not Quite

Still no real replicators, but they're getting closer with using 3-D printers to make food.

The Foodini is described by its manufacturers as "the first 3D-food printer to print all types of real, fresh, nutritious foods, from savory to sweet". They've already made a prototype, and are trying to raise $100,000 to begin a full production run.
Compared with other prototypical food printers, the Foodini focuses heavily on using fresh and natural ingredients. Rather than attempting to extrude something like chocolate into incredibly complex designs, the firm instead aims "to streamline some of cooking's more repetitive activities - forming dough into fish-shaped crackers, or forming ravioli". It is perhaps best thought of as an extremely fancy pasta machine.

I would love something that would make my ravioli! And here i just happened to find a recipe for vegan fish-shaped crackers earlier in the week but thought to myself "what the hell kind of chump do you think i am to be spending hours stamping out little fish-shapes?". I was thinking of just going with square crackers, but if they're gonna sell me a machine to do it...i think we can all agree that is quite serendipitous.

By min | May 15, 2014, 2:07 PM | Science | Comments (1)| Link

So That's Why He's Wearing That Dorky Helmet

Someone should let Cap know he can stop wearing that corrective helmet. It's too late to fix the problem.

For their research, they assessed 84 babies who had moderate or severe positional skull deformation. They had either plagiocephaly or brachycephaly.

From the age of 6 months, half of the infants were required to wear custom-made closely fitting helmets for 23 hours a day for a 6-month period. The remaining infants had no treatment at all.

On measuring the head shape of all infants once the babies reached 2 years old, the team found that the infants who wore the helmets showed no significant improvements, compared with those who received no treatment.

By min | May 2, 2014, 12:44 PM | Comics & Science | Comments (0)| Link

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