First newly-developed chocolate in 80 years is made from Ruby cocoa beans

September 13, 2017 by  
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Chocolate aficionados rejoice! There’s a new version of your favorite velvety treat, and it’s ruby red in color. Made from the Ruby cocoa bean, the newly-invented variety of chocolate is the first to be developed in 80 years — since white chocolate was introduced to the world. And though we haven’t tried it ourselves, apparently it has a fruity and slightly sour flavor. The new chocolate was recently unveiled in Shanghai, China by Swiss chocolate producer Barry Callebaut . MNN reports the company spent 13 years developing the treat and describes it as a “tension between berry-fruitiness and luscious smoothness.” It’s “an intense sensorial delight,” says the company. Part of the chocolate’s appeal is its unique color, a result of the Ruby cocoa bean’s pigment. The product is all natural and is made using an “innovative process” that unlocks the bean’s unique flavor and color. Barry Callebaut says no berries, berry flavor or any color is added to the chocolate. Related: HOW TO: Make delicious, raw chocolate pudding from avocados! This is the #rubychocolate that everyone is on about. Taste is like white choc w/ berry fruits – but all from bean… pic.twitter.com/NqGs90Lmda — Andrew Baker (@ccAndrewBaker) September 5, 2017 Unfortunately, it will be at least six months until you can try the ruby chocolate for yourself since Callebaut only makes the chocolate, and not the consumer products that would go with it. Raphael Warmth wrote on the company’s Facebook page : “So far you cannot buy the ruby chocolate. This very much depends on our customers when ruby chocolate will be available … as we are a B2B company and selling ruby chocolate to food manufacturers. Usually, it takes from 6 up to 18 months until an innovation from our side hits the retail shelves.” Judging by the gleeful reactions of people taste-testing the ruby chocolate in the video below, it will be worth the wait. + Barry Callebaut Via MNN Images via  Barry Callebaut

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How big data and behavioral science boost energy efficiency

July 31, 2017 by  
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The vast majority of people are willing to do the right thing if given the chance, especially when it comes to preserving the planet for future generations. The challenge is empowering people with the tools and knowledge to make better purchasing decisions for energy-efficient products. Figuring out how to engage the consumer market, which spends $1 billion on energy-consuming products per year in the U.S. alone, is where Enervee comes in. 

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Zika found in US mosquitoes for the first time

September 2, 2016 by  
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For the first time in the continental United States, researchers have confirmed positive tests for Zika virus in mosquitoes trapped near Miami. Just weeks after the Centers for Disease Control issued a historic warning for a 1.5-square-mile neighborhood in northern Miami, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Thursday that the three mosquito samples that tested positive for Zika were from that affected area. Health officials had already determined that at least five of Florida’s human cases of Zika had been contracted locally, so finding the Zika-positive mosquitoes comes as no surprise. Embed from Getty Images Since the CDC health alert went into effect, Miami-Dade County officials have been working to control local mosquito populations in an effort to reduce the risks of Zika. The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito as well as through sexual contact and most infected patients feel only minor flu-like symptoms. However, contracting Zika virus during pregnancy can lead to microcephaly, a severe birth defect that results in children needing lifelong care. Women who may become pregnant in the near future, and their partners, are also urged to take extra precautions when living or traveling in Zika hotspots. Related: South Carolina kills millions of bees while spraying for Zika mosquitoes Of the three Zika-positive mosquitoes, officials said that one came from traps at the botanical garden. The locations of the other two positive samples were not revealed. It is also not known to the public when any of the Zika-positive mosquitoes were trapped. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said 16 other mosquito traps in the county tested negative and tests on other samples are ongoing. Confirming Zika-positive mosquitoes and knowing the locations where they were trapped will help local officials focus mosquito control efforts. Mosquitoes travel just a small radius—not more than 150 meters—during their short lifespans, so the positive tests allow officials to create a detailed map of Zika risks. Although eradicating the mosquitoes that carry the virus is highly unlikely, officials are hopeful that the testing and control measures, along with the public health alerts, will keep Zika cases to a minimum. Via CNN Images via Pixabay and CDC

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Top 16 Most Searched For Materials For Recycling

January 6, 2016 by  
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Lets face it – recycling works best only if you can find an outlet that will take your material.  Without that outlet, it’s up to you – the consumer – to find the proper place to dispose of the material. This isn’t always the easiest or most…

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The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system by earning more points than they give

August 27, 2015 by  
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The Tesla Model S P85D hit the market last December and Consumer Reports did what they do best; they evaluated the heck out of it. The electric luxury car performed so well in nearly every test that is somehow managed to rack up 103 points in a system that doesn’t go past 100. Essentially, the P85D is the best performing and most energy efficient car Consumer Reports has ever tested – so much so that the test team had to overhaul the scoring system just to make sense of the car’s amazing rating. Read the rest of The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system by earning more points than they give

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400 consumer goods companies commit to cut food waste in half

July 15, 2015 by  
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A total of 400 corporate members of the Consumer Goods Forum have committed to a sustainability program that includes halving food waste by 2025.

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How Unilever is creating a web of partnerships

July 14, 2015 by  
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Chief Supply Chain Officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi tells how the consumer giant has worked with Nestle, Danone and Nike to effect positive change across its supply chain.

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Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, hydrogen-powered F 015 Luxury in Motion vehicle at CES

January 7, 2015 by  
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Mercedes-Benz just unveiled its vision of the future of the automobile at

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Toyota gives away more than 5,600 hydrogen fuel-cell patents, for free

January 6, 2015 by  
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Taking a page out of Tesla’s book , Toyota has announced that more than 5,600 of its fuel-cell-related patents are available for use—for free. Toyota hopes that its announcement at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show will spur development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world. Read the rest of Toyota gives away more than 5,600 hydrogen fuel-cell patents, for free Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 CES , 2016 Mirai , ces , consumer electronics show , fuel cell , fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transportation , hydrogen , hydrogen fuel cell vehicle , patents , Toyota , Toyota Mirai

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Autonomous Audi A7 Concept drives itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas

January 6, 2015 by  
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Audi wants to showcase its autonomous driving technology at the upcoming  International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in an effort to demonstrate the technology’s capabilities. To back up their tech, Audi recently let a team of journalists sit behind the wheel of an autonomous A7 concept that drove by itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas—a total distance of more than 550 miles. Read the rest of Autonomous Audi A7 Concept drives itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Consumer Electronics show , AUDI , Audi A7 , Audi A7 autonomous concept , Audi A7 Concept , autonomous car , ces , consumer electronics show , green car , green transportation , self-driving car

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