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These Kids Eat 100 Years Of Instant Food [WATCH]

Instant foods have become a pillar in every day diets. When you’re running behind and can’t find the time to cook a meal, simply throwing something pre-made in the microwave can make all the world of difference for you and your family.

Bon Appetit created a new 100 year video showcasing the rich history behind instant foods dating all the way back to the 1920s. In the video, a panel of kids try a variety of quick and microwavable foods you don’t need to spend much time cooking up.

Notable dishes include popcorn, microwave dinners, astronaut foods, instant pancake mix, Hamburger Helper, and Velveeta cheese. Essentially all the food groups you need for a balanced on-the-go lifestyle.

Man, it really makes us feel old when these kids say they don’t recognize some of the foods they’re trying.

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NASA Is Paying Researchers $200,000 To Turn Poop Into Food For Astronauts

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NASA’s trying to get astronauts to eat their own excrement. No, really.

A team of chemists and bioengineers from Clemson University were hired by NASA to find a sustainable approach to an astronaut’s diet, reports Science Alert. There have been multiple progressions in the process including growing their own romaine lettuce in space.

Now, they’re turning towards human feces.

The group were given a stipend of $200,000 a year for three years to figure out how to accomplish this unconventional feat.

Three years to make poop you can eat. Hopefully, some of that $200,000 goes towards making it tasty.

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Watching An Astronaut Dissolve An Alka-Seltzer In Space Is Mesmerizing

While these astronauts where at the International Space Station, they took the time to shoot a 4K video of an effervescent tablet dissolving in a floating ball of water. Why? Because they can. NASA put up this video as an example of the detail they can capture now, which could lead to amazing astronomical photos.

Hopefully these astronauts don’t get a tummy ache any time soon, because it looks like they’re using all their Alka-Seltzer tablets to make awesome vids in zero gravity.

h/t thatsnerdalicious

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How Soap Is Made as Explained by Candy Corn, In Space

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In his spare time up at the space station, NASA astronaut Don Pettit took his crew’s entire supply of candy corn and a ball of water to create a macroscopic, or visible-to-the eye, analogy as to how soap molecules work. Because there’s not much else a guy, who also happens to be a chemical engineer, can do with candy corn up in space.

Since soap molecules have a hydrophilic end and a hydrophobic end, one attracts water while the other repels it. The astronaut coated an end of each candy corn with oil to make it hydrophobic. This allowed the candies to arrange themselves around the water based on their attraction and repulsion.

When a surface is covered with surfactant molecules (ones that lower the surface’s tension), the oil is able to float away and mix with the water. The floaty candy corn sphere begins to solidify and binds itself together. Thus, candy-flavored soap.

Check out the video below for space candy.

H/T First We Feast

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3D Food Printer Could Solve World Hunger with Printable Pizza

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The food of the future comes from a can and tastes like algae and insects . . . at least according to Anjan Contractor, the engineering mastermind behind the 3D food printer that promises to revolutionize our dinner plates and solve world hunger. That sounds like a lot to expect from a few cans of powdered grasshopper, but NASA has invested $125,000 worth of solid faith into Contractor’s abilities so we’re betting he’s onto something.

Here’s the basics: the 3D food printer works by using canisters of powdered “food building blocks” (including protein powder made from insects) that are combined and then “cooked” within Contractor’s printer. The canisters can last for up to 30 years and would be used up completely and then replaced — thus eliminating food waste entirely. Further down the line, Contractor envisions the printer tailoring each meal for an individual person’s needs by, say, adding more protein for a bodybuilder and more calcium for someone with osteoporosis. That’s still pretty far in the future, though. Right now, Contractor is just focused on trying to print a pizza.

H/T Mashable, PicThnx TheVerge

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The Evolution of Weightless, Tasteless Astronaut Food

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No childhood would be complete without a taste of freeze-dried ice cream bought at the completion of a yearly field trip to your local science museum. As you stare, wide eyed at the majesty before you, a few questions might have popped into your head. Such as, “How did they do it?,” and “Why haven’t Ben and Jerry gotten in on the action?” If only this gallery of the past 50 years of NASA space food had been available, all of your most crucial elementary school questions would have been answered.

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The original line-up consisted of foods such as crackers and nuts that were vacuum-packed and shipped off to space. As pallets became more sophisticated (pinky out), food followed suit and astronauts were given more choices of protein, in addition to the traditional freeze-dried buffet. I imagine fondue never made it out, though an orbiting shuttle full of melted cheese does sound delectable.

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From food brought aboard the Apollo missions, whose containers had more resemblance to I.V. bags than anything you’d desire to place in your mouth, to having the ability to prepare more complex meals, the  SFSL (Space Food Systems Laboratory) has made many advancements in the name of space science. We guess you could say that’s “One small nibble for man, one giant munch for foodie kind.”

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H/T Laughing Squid

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NASA Giving Out Space Food (Plus Shipping)

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How many FOODBEAST readers wanted to grow up to be an astronaut? For some, the dream is a little closer than they realize, at least when it comes to eating like an astronaut.

According to an LA Times blog, NASA will be giving away some 350 dehydrated meals to cities and schools, which includes: an entrée, a dessert, and a drink, bit will cost $28.03 after shipping and handling.

Steven J. Kempf, commissioner of the General Service Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, states, “Not only are we preserving a critical part of our nation’s history, but we are reusing government property in an unexpected way by giving these NASA artifacts a second life in our nation’s schools.”

The packages of food are considered to be a consolation for some cities that were not fortunate enough to land a space shuttle after losing out to Los Angeles. NASA advises that these meals are “not for consumption” and are purely for historical value. Still, It would be pretty cool to own some space meatloaf. Even if you can’t eat it.

(Photo Credit: NASA Images)