SpineOut : August 2011
Copyright © August 2011 Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd test-tube burger??!! Hotel setting up to bat BITS + PIECES We’ve all seen dog poop lying in a park or on a path.Why don’t their owners pick it up? Lazy? Don’t care? Not their problem? Well, they’d better watch out as the pooper watchers have a new idea! In Florida, USA, residents in some apartment complexes are now required to submit a DNA sample of their dogs by a cheek swab.Then that can be compared with any bits of orphaned poo the pooper watchers find. Catching those Poopertrators! Believe it or not! Whoa!!! A 3D printer that can make tools good enough to use? And it’s not even April Fools’ Day! Watch the video and make up your own mind. Well, we all know that the Chinese are whizzes at table tennis. But to build a hotel in the shape of a upside-down table tennis racquet – that’s going a bit too far! Wonder if the windows look like table tennis balls? ‘The Comic Book Guy’ Where would you store 68 000 comic books that are worth over a million dollars? Brett Chilman has the answer. He’s the guy who has the biggest private comic book collection in the world! The Daily Mail has reported that Dutch scientists claim the first ‘ test-tube’ hamburger is not too distant. ‘They believe the product, beef mince grown from stem cells, could pave the way for eating meat without animals being slaughtered, and will provide a means of feeding a rapidly expanding global population. The scientists say that over the next few decades the world’s population will increase so quickly that there will not be enough livestock to feed everyone, making laboratory-grown beef, chicken and lamb the norm. The scientists are currently developing a burger which will be grown from 10 000 stem cells extracted from cattle. In the lab they multiply more than a billion times to produce muscle tissue similar to beef. The product is called ‘in vitro’ meat. Fish fillets have been grown in a New York laboratory using cells taken from goldfish muscle tissue, while in 2009 scientists from Maastricht University also grew strips of pork using the same method. They later admitted that its grey colour and calamari-like texture wasn’t particularly appealing.’ We say ewww! Gross! Check it out!