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‘Artificial egg’ made from PLANTS backed by Bill Gates set to revolutionize cooking goes on sale at Whole Foods

A radical ‘artificial egg’ backed by Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel and Bill Gates goes on sale in US supermarkets for the first time today.

Made from plants, it can replace eggs in everything from cakes to mayonnaise – without a chicken ever coming close to the production process.

The team today started selling their ‘plant egg’, called Beyond Eggs, in Whole Foods in California – and say it could soon be available in supermarkets worldwide.

‘We want to take animals out of the equation,’ said Josh Tetrick, the firm’s founder. ‘The food industry is begging for innovation, especially where animals are involved – it is a broken industry.’

‘Even better than the real thing’:

 MailOnline was able to try two of Hampton Creek’s products – its mayonnaise, and cookies made using its baking product.

The results were surprising, if a little anticlimactic. Both tasted exactly as you would expect – and are indistinguishable from products made with real egg.

The chocolate chip cookies we tried were excellent – crumbly, moist and with a feel in the mouth identical to a normal cookie. Crucially, they also look identical to a normal cookie – despite containing no egg.

Hampton Creek’s ‘Beyond Egg’ mayonnaise was also extremely similar to ‘normal’ mayo – and after trying it out on a few friends, some even preferred to to normal mayonnaise.

Tetrick’s idea was to find a mix of easy-to-grow plants that, when mixed together in the right way, replicate the taste, nutritional values and cooking properties of an egg.

This, he believes will allow the firm to produce its substitute for mass market foods – and to allow developing worlds to grow their own versions with added nutrients.

‘Eggs are functionally incredible, they do everything from hold oil and water in mayo to making the muffin rise and holding scrambled eggs together,’ he said ‘I started to think what if we can find plants that can do this. We have about 12 plants pre-selected, including a pea already widely grown in Canada. There’s also a bean in South Asia that is incredible in scrambled eggs.’

The firm is already in talks with major food manufacturers around the world – including several in the UK, to replace eggs in supermarket products with their alternative.

So far, he says the team has perfected an egg substitute for mayonnaise, and one for cakes.

‘We can make really good mayonnaise, we’ve done taste tests against market leaders, and beaten them consistently. In the world of cookies, we’ve trialled our products with everyone from Bill Gates to Tony Blair, both of whom couldn’t taste the difference.

‘Bill Gates became an advisor to the company, and has been one of its most vocal supporters in the Silicon Valley world where Hampton Creek is based.

'Perfect': So far the makers claim to have mastered a recipe for cakes and mayonnaise - but are struggling with scrambled eggs
‘Perfect’: So far the makers claim to have mastered a recipe for cakes and mayonnaise – but are struggling with scrambled eggs
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‘Companies like Hampton Creek Foods are experimenting with new ways to use heat and pressure to turn plants into foods that look and taste just like meat and eggs,’ he recently wrote of the firm.

The team initially struggled.

‘Our first attempts weren’t great, we tried to make a muffin using a mix of plants,’ said Tetrick.

‘Ours tasted really gummy, and didn’t have the ‘bounce’ we wanted. Our mayonnaise would not hold the oil and egg together, so had what looked like liquid syrup. Scrambled eggs were even worse – they just wouldn’t congeal at all, and had a really bad aftertaste.

Tetrick admits the firm is struggling with artificial scrambled egg. He says there is a ‘pretty good’ recipe, but admits more work is needed.

‘Eventually we’ll get to one thing that will replace everything,’ he said.

The firm hopes to allow developing countries to grow and produce their own ‘plant eggs’.

‘In developing countries, we can also add in things missing from the local diet, helping nutrient deficiencies, and we have had initial discussion with the world food programme about this.

‘What we want to do eventually is find a way to work with farmers in the developing world to enable them to have new cash crops that can be used. Then we become the kind of company to be feared by the bad guys in the industry.’

Source: Daily Mail


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10 shocking superpowers in humans

We do not know how to become invisible or fly without aids ,but still people are not so simple ,as it seems. Some of us are granted the amazing properties ,which could be described as superhuman, though not so obvious, like mutants from ‘X-Men.”

As expected, any such ability can be either a gift or a curse. Some of them can be ignored for many years, and they manifest themselves in different ways. Here are the top ten most shocking human abilities. Who knows, maybe you have one of them?

Super taste is one of the most widespread abilities, which to some extent possesses about a quarter of all people. Thanks to him, the taste of food becomes brighter several times, making sweet things sweeter, bitter – bitter , etc. In general, the super taste is manifested in women and residents of Asia, Africa and South America.

Golden Blood is Rh zero blood, the rarest in the world. Over the past half century, only forty people have been found with this type of blood, at the moment there are only nine alive. Rh-zero is suitable for absolutely everyone, since it does not contain any antigens in the Rh system, but its carriers can be saved only by the same “brother in golden blood”.

Supervision. Tetrachromacy is a rare combination of genes that allows only 2-3% of women around the world to see up to 100 million colors, when ordinary people see only 1 million.Primates, including humans, are trichromats, born with three types of cones in the eye (types are responsible for red , green and blue, RGB). Tetrachromats are born with four types of cones, which provide them with such amazing vision.

Hyperelastic skin. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue that affects the joints and skin. Despite a number of serious complications, people with this ailment are able to painlessly bend their limbs at any angle. The image of the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is based in part on this syndrome.

Echolocation is one of the abilities that any person possesses to one degree or another. Blind people learn to use it to perfection, and this is largely the basis of the superhero Daredevil. You can test your skill by standing with your eyes closed in the center of the room and loudly clicking your tongue in different directions. If you are a master of echolocation, you can determine the distance to any object.

Eternal youth sounds much better than it really is. A mysterious illness dubbed “Syndrome X” prevents a person from any sign of growing up. A famous example is Brooke Megan Greenberg, who lived to be 20 years old and at the same time physically and mentally remained at the level of a two-year-old. There are only three known cases of this disease.

The insensitivity to pain exhibited by the superhero Kick-Ass is a real disease that prevents the body from feeling pain, heat, or cold. The ability is quite heroic, but thanks to it, a person can easily harm himself without realizing it and is forced to live very carefully.

Indestructible bones. There is an incredibly rare mutation called LRP5 that rewards a tiny percentage of humans with indestructible bones. It was first discovered when, during a terrible accident, one of the participants which was not injured at all. The disadvantages of LRP5 include an increased chance of getting liver disease.

Super Strength is one of the most popular abilities among superheroes, but one of the rarest in the real world. Mutations associated with a lack of myostatin protein lead to a significant increase in muscle mass in a person with no growth of adipose tissue. There are only two known cases of such defects among all people, and in one of them a two-year-old child has the body and strength of a bodybuilder.

Absolute Immunity is one of the most useful special abilities, providing protection against most deadly ailments, including cancer and heart disease. This mutation has no drawbacks, not counting the fact that an entire army of scientists is hunting for every person with absolute immunity.

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Londoners ordered to pack their emergency backpacks

The Wandsworth Council of South London tweeted an emergency warning urging people to plan for an emergency and pack useful items such as a flashlight, first aid kit, phone charger and whistle in their backpack. In comments to the news, the authorities said that the bag will come in handy “if you need to immediately run out of the house, not having time to pack.”

Hundreds of social media users immediately began to comment on this post. Many of them said they were worried about the warning, while others asked the question: why do we need to urgently run from home during the coronavirus pandemic?

One person writes, “Wow. What did I miss? Have we faced an imminent emergency evacuation due to a hurricane / flood / fire / meteorite strike / other? Or did you just decide to scare everyone for no apparent reason? “

Another person wrote that before making such announcements, the city council had to “take into account the concern that such an alert might cause in people.” The third person writes: “I am not very worried, it is useless, nevertheless, after reading the message from the city council, I decided that something happened.” Other Londoners criticized the wording and nature of the emergency warning, with one woman claiming she was “fed up with all the panics” that occur during the COVID-19 epidemic. She said the advice should have thought about people who experienced increased levels of anxiety or mental health problems during isolation before posting such a post.

Labor MP Tooting Rosena Allin-Khan agreed that the authorities did not offer any context for the message:

“We are working with our emergency planning team to send out daily tweets telling people how to prepare for different situations.”

However, due to a flaw in the city council or for some other reason, a certain panic arose in the city. Londoners were already worried about the news that new restrictions will be announced this week in connection with the pandemic, and suddenly against this backdrop, the city council publishes this:

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, commenting on the situation in front of Sky News on Monday night, said that he worked with local council leaders and public health experts to develop a plan to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the capital. According to him, the plan includes additional rules “to slow down the spread of the virus.” He also noted that he hopes the Prime Minister will invite him to an emergency COBRA meeting on Tuesday to “discuss in an adult way additional measures we can take to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

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Did Angels visit a farm in Slovenia after Jerusalem?

A few days ago, a UFO hovered over the city of Podkoren in Slovenia, the appearance of which was recorded on Google Earth maps. The famous Taiwanese ufologist Scott Waring suggested that it could be an angel, given its bright glow and peculiar shape.

On his YouTube channel, Waring posted a photo of an unidentified object that glowed very brightly. The ufologist examined a number of photographs in the same area at different times and made sure that there was nothing reflecting there, which means that it is quite possible that these were events of biblical significance.

The researcher stressed that the trees are not lit. Consequently, the object is well above them. Given the brightness of the glow, it is likely that we are talking not only about UFOs, but also about angels that can visit people living in this area.

He recalled that similar objects were recorded in Jerusalem above a stone dome. The Bible tells a similar story. The author emphasized that he is not a religious person, and the conducted research only confirms his theory.

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