Millions of folks start the day with a cup of coffee, but did you know that the thing giving us a welcome jolt of energy every morning looks like this? Yup, those are caffeine crystals and you're probably drinking them…right now.
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.
One of the NASA Space Apps Challenges that we didn't hear so much about was BakerFaire: how to make bread in space. In just three hours, 16 year old Sam Wilkinson managed to come up with a way to make bread rise instantly in microgravity without using yeast.
There's a reason people buy single-serving snacks: when presented with a giant bag of things that are tasty, it's hard to both keep track of how much you've eaten and convince yourself that no, you really don't need to eat just one more. Researchers from Cornell's Food and Brand Lab may have a solution: adding "stop signs" to food.
Sure, it's quibbling to pick on your packed lunch when you are going to be strapped to the world's biggest roman candle and be launched into space. And of course, the astronauts on the Apollo 10 mission back in May of 1969 did no such thing.
As Land Rover has become the ride of the gentry in recent years it could be hard to remember that this brand has its roots in being an adventurers ride. No more, thanks to a "Survival Guide" created as part of the owner's manuals distributed to purchasers in Dubai.
Imagine this food truck orbiting your office building at lunchtime, looking for a place to dock and to dispense rocket fuel. Our giggling could go on and on but let's bring this down to Earth: the owners of this fully functioning Space Shuttle food truck have put the vehicle on eBay and it can be yours for $150,000.
Mom (and surprise culinary artist) Heather Sitarzewski tasked herself with making one nerdy bento box for her son every day for his school lunch, and the gallery you see here is filled with the tasty results. She now boasts nearly 150 geeky creations under her belt, which run the gamut from just plain delicious to referencing Harry Potter, Pac-Man, Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, a whole slew of classic Disney characters and more. You can see all of Sitarzewski's creations on her Tumblr, and down below we've picked out our favorite of the nerdier offerings she's served up.
With a happy heart I can report on Coke helping create something instead of destroying it. After all the news about how it it dissolves nails and teeth and so on, this video of artist Phil Hansen using Coke to reproduce Hokusai's classic work "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" is refreshing indeed.
Today's robot waiters aren't any less gimmicky, but it's hard not to feel like they've lost some flair. In 1980, a pair of R2-D2 look-a-likes in a Californian restaurant were greeting customers, wheeling orders to tables and busting a move to disco music when things didn't go their way. Yeah, your read all that right.