food stories

Cooking takes too much time and effort. If only there was a way to hit a button and have food print out of a machine! Well, that's actually not so crazy an idea.
It may not take us a long time to get to Mars, but on the off-chance that it does take several years for humans to get there and back, we're gonna need a bunch of food along the way. NASA's been thinking about it, and they've got some menu ideas.
Back in June, Jonathan Kaplan, creator of the now retired Flip camera, announced that he was moving on to curdier pastures with The Melt, a chain of grilled cheese restaurants. Not just any grilled cheese sandwiches though — he hit up the fine folks at Electrolux to design him the perfect press.
Everybody likes the taste of organic, farm-fresh food, but in dense urban areas, large-scale agriculture isn't really an option. A Dutch design firm has come up with a concept for a rooftop greenhouse ecosystem that produces food so efficiently that installing them on top of buildings in NYC could feed the majority of people living there.
Some robots are nice and friendly, like a Roomba or an Aibo. Some, less so, such as the Jarvis Model JR-50 Robotic Hog Head Dropper. Yes, this is a robot designed to cut the heads off of pigs. Lots of pigs.
You know that favorite neighborhood diner with the cute staff that serves you breakfast on Sunday mornings after a long night of clubbing? Well those days may soon be over: We give you the "robotic roommates" who can shop for and prepare a perfect breakfast faster than your local hash slinger.
True sci-fi movie fans know all about the terrible secret ingredient revealed by Charlton Heston in Solylent Green, but one very real Japanese scientist has cooked up a new food with an even more horrific ingredient powered by science. (A word of caution, please don't read this before you've had breakfast.)