December 25th seems to be a very strange day to publish a column: that’s why I published the latest Not Scientific Science on Christmas day. It’s always cool to do something out of the ordinary from time to time. And as senior columnist over at backwash, I have the opportunity to share my geekiness with all those great people on the net.
The year’s last article on Not Scientific Science is “Artificial Meat.” Basically it’s all about the mass production of cultured/artificial meat in laboratory for proper human consumption.
“With a single cell, you could theoretically produce the world’s annual meat supply. And you could do it in a a way that’s better for the environment and human health. In the long term, this is a feasible idea.”
– Jason Matheny, University of Maryland doctoral student.
Artificial meat is a decent idea; it clearly has its advantages. For one, the nutrients in the meat can be controlled. For example, most meats contain much Omega 6, which can cause high cholesterol. With artificial meat, the Omega 6 can be converted into Omega 3, which is a healthy fat. Another advantage of artificial meat is that it could reduce the pollution that results from raising livestock.
However the obvious benefit of artificial meat is that it can help match the ever-increasing demand of meat around the world. Along the same vein, one may even fantasise that artificial meat may, one day, help in alleviating famine in some countries.
When I wrote this article, I didn’t particularly enjoy the final product. But after some editing, I have to say that I’m quite satisfied with it.
Concerning weird science again, I stumbled upon an article on the web about geckoes. Apparently, femaly geckoes do not need sex to reproduce! The link is over here, posted at backwash. And from a fellow columnist (and reader) over at backwash, I got to know that female komodo dragons are also doing the same thing.
Seems like the females really don’t need us, males, any longer. Kind of frightening. No sex though. Umm… boring life?
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