Friday, November 10, 2006

Robots think Humans smell like Pork

Japanse scientists have created a robot that can identify substances through its sense of smell.
It promptly identified one reporter as bacon and another as proscuitto.
Better hope robots are vegan.

This is actually consistent with Polynesian cannibals who referred to human flesh as "long pork" and the Aztecs who had never seen pigs before and thought they must be some deformed offspring of the Spaniards, since they tasted like people.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Future will be Veggie-Friendly

ABC's The Future Now has been asking experts what we can expect the world to look like 25 years from now.

Here are their projections on nutrition.

What's Out: Atkin's, South Beach, Milk Chocolate, Trans Fat
What's In: Red Wine, Dark Chocolate, Organic Farming

They predict that by 2031 more than half of all agriculture in the U.S. will be organic, and that 40-50% of Americans will be vegetarian.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Octopus: Genius of the deep

Cephalopods, the family of aquatic critter that includes squid, cuttlefish, and octopus, are without a doubt the most intelligent of the invertebrates.
They have been observed to solve complex puzzles, use tools, play tricks on each other and human observers, and exhibit indiviual personalities.
This article discusses how evidence of their capacity to feel pain and suffering is causing the British and EU governments to consider extending protections to them equivalent to those offered for monkeys, dogs, and cats.