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Future Foods – News and Features

Asymmetric supercapacitors.

Scientists Convert Chicken Fat Into Energy Storage Devices

The global move toward more sustainable, green energy has increased power reserves and the demand for energy storage devices. Unfortunately, some materials for these devices can be expensive and environmentally problematic.
A red squirrel climbs a tree.

Trauma Cuts Life Short for Squirrels

Early-life struggles and trauma can affect the long-term survival of red squirrels, but a food boom in their second year of life can extend lifespan.
A charcuterie board filled with cold cuts.

Some Plant-Based Steaks and Cold Cuts Are Lacking in Protein

Many plant-based meats have seemingly done the impossible by recreating animal products ranging from beef to seafood, but they may be lacking in protein.
A coffee bean between tweezers.

Is Lab-Grown Coffee the Sustainable Brew of the Future?

Dr. Heiko Rischer, head of plant biotechnology at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, breaks down the promise of bioreactor-brewed coffee.
Ants on a stick.

How Four Ant Species Differ in Taste

Researchers now report the unique aroma profiles of four species of edible ants, which taste markedly different from one another.
Two scientists in lab coats working at a laboratory bench.

Project To Produce Antimicrobial Drugs From Food By-Products Receives £1 Million Grant

A project aiming to use food by-products to produce antimicrobial drugs from bacteria has been awarded a £1.1 million grant to help antimicrobial production to be more cost-effective and sustainable.
A bowl of vegan food.

Partially Switching To Plant Protein Boosts Life Expectancy and Reduces Carbon Footprint

McGill researchers find evidence that partially replacing red and processed meat with plant protein foods can increase lifespan and mitigate climate change.
The gold nugget obtained from computer motherboards in three parts. The largest of these parts is around five millimetres wide.

Cheesemaking Byproduct Turns Electronic Waste Into Gold

ETH Zurich researchers have recovered the precious metal from electronic waste. Their highly sustainable new method is based on a protein fibril sponge, which the scientists derive from whey, a food industry byproduct.
A human brain on a purple background.

Brain Waves Help Flush Waste out of the Brain While We Sleep

Slow brain waves are associated with restful, refreshing sleep. And now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that brain waves help flush waste out of the brain during sleep.
Blue-green algae on water.

Blue-Green Algae May Hold the Key to More “Meat-Like” Proteins

Researchers have not only succeeded in using blue-green algae as a surrogate mother for a new protein – they have even coaxed the microalgae to produce "meat fiber-like" protein strands.