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100-year-old Antarctic fruitcake found in great condition is ‘almost edible’

100-year-old Antarctic fruitcake found in great condition is ‘almost edible’

A 100-year-old fruitcake has been retrieved from Antarctica, and it is described as being 'almost edible.' Though no one is going to sample a piece of this soon-to-be-ancient cake, the brick of dessert has undergone preservation efforts to keep it in good shape as a piece of exploratory history. The cake is thought to originate from a voyage to Antarctica that took place in the early 1900s.

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Genetically modified salmon arrive in grocery stores for the first time

Genetically modified salmon arrive in grocery stores for the first time

Genetically modified salmon have made their way into the wild, so to speak. While the female fish of this GMO variety are sterile to prevent them from mixing with wild salmon, the fish have expanded beyond their AquaBounty farms, arriving on dinner plates in Canada. This marks the first time genetically modified salmon have been sold for consumption, a trend that will no doubt continue following statements from multiple authorities citing the meat as safe for consumption.

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Wim froyo maker hopes for Nespresso success, not Juicero scorn

Wim froyo maker hopes for Nespresso success, not Juicero scorn

Does your kitchen counter need another single-purpose appliance? Wim thinks so, and its frozen yogurt maker aims to do for froyo-on-demand what Nespresso has done for coffee convenience. The $299 gadget takes single-serve bowls of organic yogurt mix which, when you add your choice of milk, are converted in reasonably short order into a dessert.

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Amazon meal kits will ship dinner to your front door

Amazon meal kits will ship dinner to your front door

Blue Apron and lesser known services like it specialize in shipping all the ingredients for dinner to your door, leaving the actual cooking process to the buyer. It has proven to be a popular option that lies between take-out food and cooking from scratch, and now it looks like Amazon is getting in on the game. A trademark application from Amazon recently appeared from Amazon Technologies detailing 'prepared food kits' with the tagline 'we do the prep, you be the chef.'

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Soylent is now available from some 7-Eleven stores

Soylent is now available from some 7-Eleven stores

Soylent -- it's that bizarro food-drink that has both faithful fans and fervent critics. When it first launched, you had to buy Soylent as a powder, something that itself has gone through multiple iterations. In the relatively recent past, the company expanded beyond that by adding a pre-mixed liquid drink option, but you still had to order it from the company's website or through Amazon. If you're curious to try the stuff for yourself but don't want to shell out for a minimum online order, there's a new option: 7-Eleven stores.

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This KFC chicken phone is part of our new dystopian reality

This KFC chicken phone is part of our new dystopian reality

A Huawei-made KFC-branded smartphone is coming to China, and the entire smartphone industry should be ashamed. This should, by all means, be the end of consumers assuming that smartphones are something for which they should pay a premium. A smartphone is no longer a precious sort of item that has inherent value beyond its assembled components - and it's KFC's fault.

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This new type of poppy seed won’t make you fail drug tests

This new type of poppy seed won’t make you fail drug tests

From a Seinfeld episode to real-life drama, poppy seeds have been a source of comedy, angst, and compromised jobs. Consuming too many of the seeds on your morning bagel can cause you to test positive for heroin, and depending on the nature of your job, that could be cause for immediate dismissal. The issue is a serious one, and as a result one company has created a new variety of poppy seeds, ones that have low levels of morphine.

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Ethiopia’s coffee farms must move to survive climate change

Ethiopia’s coffee farms must move to survive climate change

A new study has warned that Ethiopia's coffee production is at risk over climate change, forcing farmers to move their farms or lose their crop. The troubles result from a combination of increased temperatures and decreased rainfall, reducing the number of places in which coffee can be grown. In just a handful of decades, 60-percent of Ethiopia's coffee farm land could become unusable.

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MIT invented shape-shifting pasta that reduces packaging waste

MIT invented shape-shifting pasta that reduces packaging waste

Imagine purchasing a package of pasta that is slim, flat, and contains minimal bits of cardboard or plastic. Now imagine removing that flat, uninspiring pasta and, a few minutes after boiling it, discovering that the noodles had transformed into new shapes. Such is a possibility introduced by MIT's Tangible Media Group, with researchers developing a new type of past that changes shape after being submerged into water.

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Science figured out the most nutritious way to cook mushrooms

Science figured out the most nutritious way to cook mushrooms

Mushrooms have long been a staple food item in the human diet, offering a wide array of nutrients alongside a bunch of filling fiber but a relatively small number of calories. As with most food, eating mushrooms raw is the best way to experience their full nutritional profile, but that's also the least tasty way to consume them. Researchers recently set out to find the best compromise between raw and cooked-to-ruin and the end result is the best (two) ways to prepare mushrooms.

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The Nuggs for Carter saga is finally over

The Nuggs for Carter saga is finally over

If you've been following the Nuggs for Carter saga on Twitter (and let's be honest: it's been hard to ignore), then you might like to know that it appears to be done today. The whole ordeal kicked off when Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy's how many retweets he'd need to win a free year of chicken nuggets. Wendy's reply offered a magic number of 18 million, sparking one of the biggest social media stories of the year thus far.

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Ridiculous McDonald’s Frork has tasty tater tines

Ridiculous McDonald’s Frork has tasty tater tines

McDonald's is up to strange things again. This time though, with the introduction of a utensil called the Frork, McDonald's knows it's up to strange things. Developed as a way to promote its new Signature Crafted recipes, McDonald's is going all out with the self-deprecating humor, even going so far as to hire an infomercial legend to sell the thing in a backhanded way.

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