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Near-term Neermeat?

One way to create a more sustainable food supply, and one that is humane, clean, and efficient, is to grow edible protein in the lab. I call this type of foodstuff “neermeat,” short for engineered meat. And it’s not science fiction. Tissue engineer Vladimir Mironov at the University of South Carolina has been working on [...]

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not-so-speculative fiction

The idea that 80% of the population will live in urban centers surrounded by skyscrapers draped in greenery by 2050 is becoming less and less speculative. Even though this is the backdrop of the world in The Blind Pig, it is still hard for me to imagine, especially sitting here at my desk, just 30 [...]

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Print me out a slice of pie

Readers have asked me if The Blind Pig’s NArc dispenses food in pills or pellets, but I always imagined a giant rendition of a Play-Doh Fun Factory churning out colorful pastes and gels and extruding them into dishes that look like “real” food, only a lot less messy. Turns out a team of scientists and [...]

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An early version of the NArc?

Jenny Craig has announced Metabolic Max: “weight loss personalized to your metabolism.” Instead of an implant in your wrist, a la The Blind Pig, Jenny clients wear an armband that tracks activity levels and calculates calorie burn rates. The food is still real, and it’s prescribed only to those who volunteer to use the service, [...]

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