This 3D culinary technology will revolutionize the way we cook and eat

3D printers will make food in the future; the not too distant future.  Could you imagine a 3D printer sitting in your kitchen bench alongside the Mixmaster and microwave oven?  Established players in the food industry need to recognise the potential impact of this technology on their business and how the ecosystem will evolve, where software will replace recipes, and the Internet of Things will connect all aspects of the “cooking” cycle to consumers.

The future of 3D food is already here.  Natural Machines, the maker of Foodini, a 3D food printer, had a successful kickstarter program. The company believes that their product will be as revolutionary to the kitchen as the microwave was back in the 1970's.

There are ongoing trials involving 3D-printed pasta, chocolates, biscuits and even entire meals. ‘This is much more than just a gimmick,’ says Lynette Kucsma, whose company Natural Machines plans to have the printer on general sale in British shops by the middle of next year. ‘The last revolution in the kitchen came with the microwave — we believe that the Foodini could be about to transform the preparation of food to the same extent.’ Read More

A Google & Ford Self Drive Car project

Ford is set to team up with Google to produce self-driving cars. This partnership could speed up the introduction of self-driving vehicles by giving the Ford company access to Google’s wealth of software development, while Google would benefit from the industrial and automotive know-how of Ford. The joint venture would use Google’s very advanced autonomous software in Ford cars, playing to each company’s strength. 

Google is expected to make its self-driving cars division, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone business under its parent company, Alphabet, next year, Bloomberg reported earlier. Fully autonomous cars could eventually prevent thousands of crashes, deaths and injuries, reduce oil use through better traffic management and extend personal mobility to people unable to drive.

Google and Ford will announce a new joint venture at CES to build self-driving vehicles with Google's technology. The partnership will save Alphabet years of R&D and billions of dollars, while Ford gets the chance to leapfrog other automakers by releasing the modern version of the Model T.

 

Floating Hotel

The Floating Hotel is developed by Salt & Water (Architecture and Yacht design company) with the aim to promote tourism on inland waters that offer wonderful examples of untouched (and often neglected) nature.  Here, the floating hotel would be a perfect solution for tourism without any violation of the natural harmony of the place itself.

The main idea is to allow users to enjoy their visit through navigating the waterways at a very slow speed and with an uninterrupted view of nature . For this reason the catamarans have this unusual shape with large windows in the front.

Trophic cascades are powerful indirect interactions that can control entire ecosystems.

In the early 1900s, when wolves roamed Yellowstone, young trees such as aspen and willow were abundant. In 30 years, after wolves were hunted out, the forest stopped regenerating. Reintroducing wolves into Yellowstone National Park after nearly 70 years of absence has been controversial. However, the effects have been utterly transformative to the Yellowstone ecosystem.

A trophic cascade recently has been reported among wolves, elk, and aspen on the northern winter range of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers?  What happens when a species that has been hunted to extinction is introduced to its happy hunting grounds after 70 years? Find out in this beautiful little film.

Could the impact of a species on an entire ecosystem  leads us to think differently about sustainable lines for solving the global climate crisis?