food stories

 
When we choose to go to the Moon (or do other things out in space), the one of the major limiting factors to how long we can stay will be consumables. Simply put, can we ship enough food and water from home to keep astronauts fat n' happy? For a little while, sure, but semi-permanent outposts on the Moon will need their own farms, and that means LEDs. And nukes.
 
It's hard to believe anyone throws away a pastry or excess coffee — that's extra body fuel you're wasting, buddy! With big food chains it happens all the time. In Hong Kong, the fact that Starbucks has about 5,000 extra tons of stale food and coffee grounds per year prompted the company to explore bio-refining.
 
In our dreams for the future, lasers are everywhere. They surround us, they bind us, and on occasion (hopefully without any searing pain), they penetrate us. Andrey Kokorin is working hard to extend this philosophy into the kitchen, with his concept for a sort of three-dimensional laser food processor thing called Blitz.
 
Dog owners are sure to appreciate this convenient gadget that senses when your dog is approaching and sends out a stream of water for your pooch to guzzle whenever they're thirsty. It saves us owners from having to read Fido's mind (that stare could mean anything) and keeps them happy by giving them a fun, safe fountain to use.
 
Every foodie drools over photos of culinary triumphs in magazines or on sites like Pintrest. Well, prepare yourselves for a conceptual device that takes a photo of your food, captures the smell and then drops the combined image/smell on a postcard to send to your foodie friends.
 
It's practically impossible to get a good banana outside of the tropics. The bananas that you'll find at the supermarket, called Cavendish bananas, taste like mush compared to tropical varieties, but because the Cavendish travels well, that's all we get. Urbanana (Urbanana!) is a concept that would allow tropical fruits to be grown in cities instead.
 
NASA-led scientists are busily prepping a menu that future explorers of Mars will be able to take advantage of. Whereas space nosh for orbit is whipped up following tight constraints and is typically bland, NASA research-chefs are able to boldly explore new territory in the realm of interstellar eats.

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