August 5, 2013

Frankenburger?

1 Hamburger Created from Cattle Stem Cells

A hamburger made from cattle stem cells has been created by Mark Post, a researcher who spent $350,000 to create the product. No animals were killed to make the burger but the process included using engineered muscle stem cells grown in a broth made from a calf blood product. “It’s not an animal-free food yet,” says Liz O’Neill of the Vegetarian Society. PETA is supposedly “on board” with this version of cultured meat but leader Ingrid Newkirk says she won’t be trying it herself. Apparently, the majority of vegetarians and vegans agree. Newkirk says the engineered burger may appeal to meat eaters. “It is a real burger made of real meat. It’s as real as real can be. The thing that is different about it is that it is not from a filthy slaughterhouse, but from a sterile laboratory.”

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Beyond Meat: Latest Fake Chicken Offering

Tags: PETA, Vegetarians, Lab-Created Meat, Meat from Cattle Stem Cells, Vegans, Mark Post, Liz O'Neill, Vegetarian Society, Ingrid Newkirk

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Emergency Situation

2 Water from Japan Power Plant Seeps into Sea

Radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has likely breached its barriers and is leaking into the sea, says a watchdog group that accuses the Tokyo Electric Power Co., (Tepco) of not properly addressing this emergency. Shinji Kinjo, Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Task Force, says there’s a “rather high possibility” that the contaminated wastewater is rising towards the ground’s surface and that efforts made by Tepco to stop the problem are temporary. Tepco says they’re taking measures to ensure that radioactive water doesn’t leak into a nearby bay. In a move that was heavily criticized by local fisherman and neighboring countries, the Japanese government allowed Tepco to dump tons of toxic water into the Pacific Ocean just after the disaster that destroyed the plant in 2011.

More at Www.theguardian.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Fukushima Nuclear Site Declared Stable

Tags: Contaminated Water, Fukushima, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Radioactive Water Leaks into Pacific Ocean, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Japan Nuclear Regulatory Task Force

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Snake Traveled Upstairs in Vent

3 Escaped Python Killed Two Boys in Canada

Two young boys, ages 5 and 7, were killed by a python that escaped its enclosure in a pet store in Canada. CBC reports that police believe that the python got into the ventilation system, and made its way to the apartment above the pet store. Police also think that the python strangled the two boys, but autopsies are still pending. The boys who died were visiting a friend who resides in the apartment. Police have custody of the reptile.

More at CBC.CA | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Man Arrested for Biting Pet Python

Tags: Python Dangers, Pet Python, Reasons Not Own Python, Python Kills Boys, Escaped Python, Reptile Ocean

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