Tastes like chicken.
I was watching the BBC news the other night and an item came up that interested me, meat from the labs. A scientist, using a cell from a chicken feather was able to replicate chicken meat and used it to cook up some nuggets. The journalist said they were pretty good, “tastes like chicken.” He did say the texture was a little odd. The scientist said that was the next thing, working on texture, he appeared confident that it could be done.
If this process works out, we could be looking at Star Trek stuff, ordering meals from a machine. Not only could food shortages become a thing of the past, hopefully, there will no longer be the need for factory farming. Going down the road a bit more, maybe a colossal impact on the agricultural industry and maybe an upside to climate change. Like or with robotics the impact on jobs could be huge. If scientists can replicate meat, why not anything or everything else?
The disappeared and allegedly murdered Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi story goes on. The list of business representatives, news media and government officials pulling out of Saudi Arabia’s Davos in the Desert event grows every longer with the UK’s International Trade Secretary being one of the latest to cancel. I had hoped the U.S. administration would lead the way to find out what happened, but it looks more like a cover up every day. Money/arms deal talks I guess. Even without official sanctions it looks Saudi Arabia has taken a hit in investor and foreign government confidence. I don’t think this story has played out yet. Veiled threats from Saudi Arabia about oil embargos will not help.
Cannabis is legal. Personally, I don’t smoke, and I don’t eat cookies. I would consider using it for medicinal purposes if I didn’t have to smoke it. I find it ironic that something that was criminal is not only OK but as the PR starts to feed out, great. I have spoken to a few people, names withheld, that are long terms cannabis consumers and they’ve said to me that they have no intention of changing their supplier. One guy told me that the mom and pop operations that had been growing for years have a really quality product will likely just compete on price with the official suppliers. As for blood tests for impaired. I did wonder if a self-administered diabetes type blood test device could do it. Surely science can use less blood for an accurate reading for impairment?
Brexit, like NAFTA was looks to be heading for a no deal. I think the prospect of this should terrify the politicians so much that hopefully, they’ll come up with a workable solution at the last minute. It’s the Irish/Northern Ireland border that is the sticking point. Going back to a hard border would not be good. Maybe some kind of border crossing registration that could be attached to vehicles and surveillance from there to catch the naughty people and there are and will be some.
Stephen Hawking’s family have released his last book. I’d like to read it. There are a couple of points he makes that I’ve read about. Firstly, Hawking said that he didn’t believe in any supreme deity and secondly, he thought there must be other civilisations out there in the depths of space, but we should be very careful about contacting them.
Finally, the U.S. mid-terms are just weeks away and although they’re viewed as a referendum on the President, Donald Trump is saying no, if the Republicans lose then it’s the party’s fault, not his. I can’t ever imagine the reaction to beating this guy at monopoly.