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Why red hot chili peppers are growing on the International Space Station

Why red hot chili peppers are growing on the International Space Station

The newest sort of tasty experimentally-grown food to hit the International Space Station are chile (or chili) peppers. Red and green chili peppers, sent to the ISS in the form of Hatch chili pepper seeds, are in the process of being grown for the consumption of astronauts in the next few months. This is part of NASA's Plant Habitat-04 (PH-04) experiment.

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All the dog food recalls in effect for 2021 – so far

All the dog food recalls in effect for 2021 – so far

Today we're taking a look at each of the dog and cat food recalls announced by the FDA in the USA in the year 2021. We've previously reported on most of these recalls in the past, soon after they were initially tipped by the FDA through the first months of this year. Today we're making absolutely sure you are up-to-date on all the recalls as such, just in case any were missed during this tumultuous time.

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Prototype refrigerator for use in microgravity undergoes testing

Prototype refrigerator for use in microgravity undergoes testing

One of the biggest challenges in long-term space exploration is a source of food for astronauts. While humans have been traveling in space since the 1960s, the way food is stored hasn't changed much. In particular, food is still typically freeze-dried, and there is no refrigerator to help things last.

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Meow Mix “Meow Remix Sessions” vinyl album hands-on

Meow Mix “Meow Remix Sessions” vinyl album hands-on

Today we're looking at and listening to the brand new album from the people who make Meow Mix. The folks at the J.M. Smucker Company released an album with 5 remixes of their eponymous Meow Mix Jingle. "The Meow Remix Sessions" is a real vinyl album you can purchase from Amazon right this minute for around $10 USD, and it comes with a coupon for a bag of cat food, too.

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McDonalds Hi-C Orange Lavaburst return confirmed, but why?

McDonalds Hi-C Orange Lavaburst return confirmed, but why?

After an apparent campaign to bring the single most orange flavor of Hi-C back to McDonalds' fountains, they've capitulated. As if in a form of order signaling the end of a war, McDonalds social media blasted several images that confirmed the drink flavor and its long-awaited re-initiation. But why?

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McDonalds Pokemon cards strategy and tips for Happy Meal madness [UPDATE!]

McDonalds Pokemon cards strategy and tips for Happy Meal madness [UPDATE!]

This month Nintendo and The Pokemon Company worked with McDonald's to deliver Pokemon TCG card packs to Happy Meals across the USA. This isn't the first time McDonalds released Pokemon cards with Happy Meals, but it IS the first time said cards were sold in randomly-assorted packs. Or semi-randomly-assorted, anyway.

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McDonalds has Pokemon TCG card packs, if you’re lucky

McDonalds has Pokemon TCG card packs, if you’re lucky

Just in case you're not sure if you've celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise enough, there's more. McDonalds and the Pokemon Company announced this week that they're ready to roll with packs of cards. McDonald's Happy Meals will include one 25th Anniversary Special Edition McDonald's booster pack of Pokemon Trading Card Game cards each.

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Budweiser donates Super Bowl ad spot for COVID-19 while other brands sit it out

Budweiser donates Super Bowl ad spot for COVID-19 while other brands sit it out

Several big-name brands will dedicate their Super Bowl advertising time to fighting COVID-19. Anheuser-Busch announced that they "aren't running a commercial during the Super Bowl." To be clear, here, they're not leaving the time-honored and massively expensive tradition - they're donating their airtime to the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative's "COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative."

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Oscar Mayer seeks Hotdoggers to drive Wienermobile in 2021

Oscar Mayer seeks Hotdoggers to drive Wienermobile in 2021

In the year 2021, Oscar Mayer is seeking 12 recent college grads to become drivers of the Wienermobile. The Wienermobile, if you've never seen it, is a giant hot dog vehicle that doubles as an advertisement for the Oscar Mayer company. At any given moment, a handful of brand ambassadors - also known as Hotdoggers - are employed and deployed in Wienermobiles across these United States.

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Beyond Meat just revealed 2 slightly healthier plant-based burgers

Beyond Meat just revealed 2 slightly healthier plant-based burgers

Two new burgers appeared in a press release from the folks at Beyond Meat today. The two new versions of the Beyond Burger are expected to launch in the United States in "early 2021" as slightly more nutritional products than what's been offered before. Beyond Meat representatives suggested that these new burgers represented "a trifecta of taste, health, and sustainability."

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McDonald’s McRib is back, with delivery – When and where in 2020

McDonald’s McRib is back, with delivery – When and where in 2020

Precious artificial scarcity, the McDonalds McRib knows you so well! McDonalds revealed details about the 2020 McRib launch today with a tip on how massive their launch will be. This, a moment to remember in the history of extruded pork-adjacent foods, will be one to remember. Not only will this be the first time since 2012 that the McRib is launched nationwide (in the United States), it'll also be the first time many consumers are able to get the McRib delivered directly to their front door.

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This KFC Xbox Series X controller is alarmingly bad

This KFC Xbox Series X controller is alarmingly bad

With new consoles on the horizon, we're seeing a lot of companies - specifically fast food companies - kick off giveaways. Here in the US, Taco Bell is giving away Xbox Series X consoles, while Burger King is giving away PlayStation 5s. It seems that folks over in the UK are getting their own fast food Xbox Series X giveaway through KFC, but what's particularly notable about this giveaway is the KFC-themed Xbox wireless controller that serves as a consolation prize for those who don't win a console.

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