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KFC Is First Major Chain To Announce Research Into Lab-Grown Meat

With the search for more sustainable meat options in fast food expanding, KFC has taken a pivotal step in getting major chains to consider lab-grown meat as a potential solution.

KFC’s global team announced in a press release that they were looking into making nuggets that utilize chicken cells as part of the process, making them the first major to chain to publicly announce that cellular agriculture could be an option for them.

These nuggets are being developed in conjunction with 3D Bioprinting Solutions, a Russia-based company known for creating prosthetic organs. The resulting nuggets will use some plant material, but also use cells from chickens to “reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat almost without involving animals in the process,” according to the release.

KFC will provide spice blends and other ingredient needs to make the nuggets taste like their signature chicken, while 3D Bioprinting will come up with the blend of meat/plant cells needed to get the texture down right.

Lab-grown meat, also known as laboratory-produced, cellular, or cultured meat, has been proposed as an alternative to factory farm-raised meat because it has the potential to scale to global meat consumption levels while reducing environmental costs.

While companies claim that lab-made meat reduces land use, water use, and methane emissions, research has also shown that the technology could increase carbon dioxide emissions. All of this research is still speculative, however, since none of these products have been produced at a commercial scale yet.

Several companies in the United States, including Memphis Meats and JUST, have begun making breakthroughs on lab-grown meatballs, nuggets, and more in recent years. Although there’s still regulatory issues surrounding the technology, the appetite for lab-grown animal products has increased globally, with meat giants like Tyson backing brands working on cellular meat products.

KFC plans to test a prototype of this collaboration in Moscow as early as Fall of 2020.

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Burger King Is Building Artificial Limbs For The Disabled To Promote A New Burger

Burger King left a pretty bad taste in their customers’ mouths a few months back after they recently tried to hack Google. Their latest promotion, however, may actually set things right with their customer base.

Argentina Burger Kings are giving the disabled free prosthetic limbs, reports Grub Street.

To promote the burger chain’s new Stacker Atomic 5.0 burger, Burger King gave away 1,000 prosthetic hands to those in need. Fifty percent of the Stackers’ sales will go towards Atomic Lab, an Argentinian company that creates artificial appendages through 3-D printing.

Sounds like a pretty noble cause, even if it’s to promote a burger.

The burger itself, however, is pretty far from healthy. It boasts five beef patties with layers of bacon and cheese between them. Here’s hoping it’s popular enough to see money money go towards the lab though.

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You’re Not Dreaming, This Inception-Inspired Coffee Table Is Totally Real

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One of the trickiest purchases when moving into a new place is that coffee table, that one thing that brings together all your cruddy furniture and completes the room. A designer created the ultimate coffee table that’s sure to get conversations going.

Stelio Mousarris, a Cyprus designer, built a coffee table that’ll leave you in awe until your coffee gets cold. Called the Wave City Coffee Table, the piece of furniture features a detailed cityscape underneath the surface of the table.

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Inspired by the Christopher Nolan film Inception, the table simulates a wave that sweeps away skyscrapers and buildings. Mousarris used a 3D printer to combine wood and steel in this epic piece of carpentry.

The glorious table can be purchased for €4,000 which is roughly $4310 US. Maybe we can sweet talk our publisher into getting one for the office…

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This Machine Prints Faces on Pancakes So You’ll Never Eat Breakfast Alone

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With the advent of 3D technology, it’s becoming more and more common to create the fantastic from nothing. Once, we lived in a world where the sight of someone’s face on a piece of toast could be considered a religious sign. Now, for a price, one can get the same result in minutes. Pancakes are no different.

Kinnear Dufort, a designer based in the UK, has developed a machine that utilizes both facial recognition and 3D printing. While both have been done before, Dufort combines the two technologies to make pancakes with faces printed on them.

The machine releases layers of pancake batter that cooks in a time-sensitive sequence after an image is captured through digital photography. Because of the intricate process involved cooking pancakes in multiple layers, everything is computed to the second. The overall process takes about five minutes.

Yep. You can now drench your face in syrup and have yourself for breakfast.

Photos by Western Daily Press

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This 3D Printer Cooks Up An Impressive Future For Food, Available Soon

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A startup has created the ultimate food printer for lazy people who don’t like to cook but still want to eat healthy. It’s called the Foodini by Natural Machines, a Barcelona-based startup, and it may just be the next revolution in food.

“In essence, this is a mini food manufacturing plant shrunk down to the size of an oven,” Co-founder Lynette Kucsma told CNN at the Web Summit in Dublin.

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The printer can virtually print anything out of certain foods, but this is one you have to see to believe — this printer can tackle pasta, burgers, pizza, and some really tasty looking appetizers and desserts.

“It’s the same technology, but with plastics there’s just one melting point, whereas with food it’s different temperatures, consistencies and textures. Also, gravity works a little bit against us, as food doesn’t hold the shape as well as plastic.”

The food, all of it natural and fresh, is loaded through plastic capsules, and Natural Foods assures that the food will be preservative free with a shelf life of five days. The device currently only prints the food, which must then be cooked, but in the future, the printer will be able to do both tasks. Users can even control the Foodini from their smart phone.

“There’s a touchscreen on the front that connects to a recipe site in the cloud, so it’s an internet-of-things, connected kitchen appliance.”

Here are some impressive examples of what the printer can whip up:

Sweet Potato and Apple Hashbrowns

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Here the 3D printer is making a pizza.

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And voila! This 3D printed pizza looks more appetizing than most frozen pizzas.

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Plate Divider Appetizer made out of Purple Potatoes

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This is what 3D printed salads look like.

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Delicious Pumpkin Gnocchi.

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3D Printed Mini Burgers.

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A freshly printed bowl of spaghetti.

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A 3D printed salad tower.

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And for dessert, a printed white chocolate bunny on top of a carrot cake cookie.

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Source: CNN Images via Natural Machines

Written by Max Chang for NextShark

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3D Printer Creates iPhone Cases Out of Recyled Bottles

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You can now 3D print an iPhone case using bottles from soft drinks, water and juices. Most 3D printing is done with plastic materials, and now there is an environmentally-friendly alternative that still makes cool products such as iPhone cases, toys and even shoes.

3DSystems, who claims to be bringing “high school shop class to the 21st century,” using ekocycle cartridges made in part from recycled 20 oz plastic containers.

As told through the fruitful words of will.i.am, who’s actually chief creative officer of 3DSystems in collab with Coca-Cola, plastic bottles create hundreds of millions of tons of waste a year, so they plan to turn that waste into something productive.

The only available colors at the moment are red, white and black. Hopefully will.i.am can team up with with those guys printing Nutella too.

H/T Design Boom

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Hershey Signs Deal to Develop 3D Chocolate Printers

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3D Printers have become quite the popular gadget nowadays with the machines looking past plastics and diving into the food world. From sour candies to pizzas 3D Systems has got a leg up on the competition with their ChefJet printers. The company debuted the kitchen-ready ChefJet a couple of weeks ago at the International Consumer Electronics Show but after inking a deal with chocolate giant Hershey’s, the company will now focus on creating a 3D printer that prints in chocolate, which is basically like printing your own money.

Hershey’s is excited about the move saying:

Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3-D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future.

Though the Hershey specific printer will solely print sweets, it will still fall under 3D Systems’ existing line of ChefJet printers. No word on whether or not the printer will be released to the public, but personally, if I can have my own Kit Kat factory in the comfort of my own home I’m all over it.

H/T HuffPo + PicThx CNN Money

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CES SPOTTING: This is What 3D Sour Candy Looks Like

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3D printing has become the food industry’s preferred fascination of late, from 3D printed pizza dough topped with tomato sauce to 3D chocolate face sculptures. The most recent delight was spotted at CES 2014 in the form of 3D geometric candies and chocolate by the brains over at 3D Systems.

The actual printer, ChefJet, comes in two sizes: an 8x8x6″ countertop build for single color confections and a 10x14x8″ build (the Pro) for full-color desserts, priced at around $5,000 to $10,000 respectively. Recipes include chocolate, vanilla, sour apple, watermelon and cherry. The designs look like they’ve been pulled from Willy Wonka’s science class, with intricate multicolored octahedrons and dodecahedrons filling clear glass containers.

Check out a gorgeous close up snapped by Cool Material:

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