Meatless burger that cooks, smells, and bleeds like beef previews in San Francisco

June 23, 2016 by  
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Impossible Foods has perfected a juicy, bleeding, meatless hamburger that mimics beef down to its distinct aroma – and they just debuted the revolutionary vegan patty in San Francisco. Engineered to evoke the taste, smell, and cooking reactions of beef, this food innovation could change family cookouts forever. Impossible Foods founder Patrick Brown told The Wall Street Journal , “The whole mission of this company is to make eating animals unnecessary. So, we don’t want our product to just be delicious, we want it to be as delicious as meat.” Now you can have a juicy, bleeding, meatless burger – and eat it, too. Impossible Foods hit the headlines last year for reaching over $108 million in investments , and the final total is estimated to be around $183 million today. A shining reputation helped Patrick Brown, co-founder of plant-based cheese company Kite Hill , attract investors – including Bill Gates – to his new endeavor. Research and development has been underway in an unassuming Silicon Valley laboratory for over five years, and the fruits, er, proteins of their labor are finally ready for the public. Related: Plant-based burger company receives huge $108 million investment San Francisco haunt Jardinière featured the plant-based patty in a pop-up event where it was topped with avocado, caramelized onion, vegan dijonnaise, and served on a potato bun. The burger itself is a product of sophisticated engineering. Coconut oil lends to the juiciness while it cooks (did we mention the patties are purchased raw and cooked up like traditional hamburgers?) and potato compounds create a familiar crisp when prepared. A molecule from honeydew melon creates the mouth-watering aroma akin to grilled meat. Impossible Foods doesn’t plan on stopping at a few, select pop-up events. Because beef production requires more resource input than the final product and is a main culprit in environmental devastation, Brown argues we need to find alternatives, and soon. The Impossible burger gives us an alternative that is both tasty and conscientious. + Impossible Foods Via San Francisco Eater Images via Impossible Foods

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Tiny electric car smashes world record by hitting 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds

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A team of 30 Swiss students have created the fastest-accelerating car in the world – and it’s 100% electric . In just 1.513 seconds , the Grimsel race car can go from zero to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h) — in fact, it’s half a second faster than Tesla’s ” Ludicrous Mode ” for the Model S. The car managed to reach this speed after covering less than 98 feet (30 meters) of track at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-NCH8ct24U&feature=youtu.be The previous world acceleration record was 1.779 seconds, a time claimed last year by a team from the University of Stuttgart. To achieve this lightning-fast acceleration, the team constructed the car from mostly carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb, installed four-wheel drive, and integrated an onboard computer to apply traction control to each individual wheel. In addition to its speed, the car is incredibly lightweight at only 370 lbs (168 kg). The Grimsel also features a custom motor developed by the student team, who say they were unable to find any existing motors on the market that suited their purposes. In fact, the tires, cells for the battery , motor controls, and some of the small electronic components are the only parts of the car that were purchased or sponsored by outside companies. The rest of the vehicle was created custom for a student racing competition. Related: Tesla is working on an electric motor that lasts a million miles The Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ), the team behind the car, is made up of students from ETH Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts for the Formula Student competition. Despite these university affiliations, the team is financially independent and receives sponsorship from a number of sources. The Grimsel is the fifth electric car created by AMZ’s members since 2010, although the team originally started out building cars with combustion engines in 2006. + AMZ Racing Via The Verge Images via ETH Zurich

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Hillside home in Sonora, Mexico features rammed earth walls and native landscaping

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Sal Casa was built with the idea of honoring the landscape around it. To that end, the architects utilized rammed-earth walls to give the home texture, climate control and natural color. The earth was obtained from the hillside that was excavated while building the home. Skylights allow ample light to fill the space, while the windows are covered by large overhangs that help control direct sunlight. The landscaping was completed using local and native plants to reduce irrigation needs and further unify the home with the land. This landscaping also helps to create the least disturbance possible on the environment. Exterior supports are made using steel that has been allowed to age naturally. Related: Vineyard House uses rammed earth to stay cool in Portugal’s hot summers The home sits on the hillside with views of both the ocean and the nearby San Carlos mountains and, to take advantage of these incredible views, has large windows and an large outdoor deck space where people can cook, dine, swim and lounge. The home can be accessed on two different levels: from the street-side upper level or the private lower level. + Imativa Arquitetcos via Contemporist

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Eco friendly origami house unfolds on Brazilian beach

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Italian architect Renato Peron , designed the “Casa dos Cajueiros” using reforested eucalyptus wood and natural fibers to minimize its ecological footprint. The home, which belongs to the Origami Eco Residence, is located in Camamu Bay, Brazil and takes full advantage of the natural ventilation flowing from the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by origami , the unique palm-fiber roof is topped by solar panels, which due to the roof’s many slopes and folds, maximizes exposure to the sun during its daily trajectory. Ecologically friendly water harvesting, filtration, and irrigation systems also contribute to making the Casa dos Cajueiros a notable example of sustainable architecture in the region. + Renato Peron The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Grow.Bar sprouts microgreens anywhere with built-in bluetooth and LED technology

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Want to grow fresh greens in your home, but struggle with natural daylight? Grow.Bar is a new indoor grow system ideal for the urban home cook. Built with proprietary LED technology and bluetooth connectivity, the custom design allows you to grow fresh microgreens on your countertop in as little as 14 days. Housed in a beautiful wooden cavern, Grow.Bar’s removable tray enables easy planting, harvesting and cleaning, and a handy app notifies you when you need to water. It’s sounds so easy to navigate that it’s ideal for even the blackest of thumbs. + Grow.Bar on Kickstarter

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700 barrels of crude oil spill in California as pipeline breaks

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An oil pipeline just began to leak in Ventura, California . Early Thursday morning, firefighters rushed to the scene to try and prevent the crude oil from spilling into the ocean . Ventura County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Lindbery originally said the leak could involve as much as 5,000 barrels of crude oil . Crimson Pipeline owns the leaking pipeline. On their website they say they ” safely ” own around 1,000 miles of pipeline throughout California, in Ventura, Orange, Kern County, Los Angeles, and some areas in Northern California. The oil in question belongs to Aera Energy , one of the largest producers of oil and gas in California, who on their website say they “take pride in our excellent safety and environmental performance.” Related: Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve? NBC Los Angeles reports that the pipe ” burst ” around 5:30 AM local time. Both the Ventura County and Ventury City fire departments initiated investigations . A hazmat team was also dispatched to the scene. Crews saw crude oil spilling ” into the Prince Barranca ,” a water flow that leads to a beach. Firefighters are now working to try and make sure the oil doesn’t reach the ocean. Crews are utilizing bulldozers to build barriers, but also hope a natural basin will help catch the oil as well. Crimson Pipeline shut the pump off, but while the pipe is depressurized, oil continues to flow because of gravity. According to officials, they notified the California departments of environmental health and fish and game about the leak. California has battled oil spills and even an Exxon Mobil oil refinery explosion in the past. Over 100,000 gallons of oil spilled into the ocean near Santa Barbara, California due to a pipeline crack just over a year ago. Via the Los Angeles Times Images via J Brew on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Kimbal Musk’s new Memphis eatery will offer healthy meals on the go for $5

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Regular readers of Inhabitat know of our continued intrigue with Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk , but we haven’t reported as much on his youngest brother Kimbal Musk . The younger Musk brother is a busy man, sitting on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle Mexican Grill – and his own venture, The Kitchen Community , is a nonprofit that puts educational gardens in schools and other community spaces. Now, Kimbal Musk is launching a healthy “grab-and-go” café called The Kitchenette, which will offer healthy meals for just $5. The flagship location of The Kitchenette is planned for Memphis, Tennessee and is expected to open this August. In fact, they are already hiring . The location will be unique, situated inside the visitor center of Shelby Farms Park , a sprawling urban park and nature conservancy which has more than one million visitors each year. At Musk’s café, healthy food will take the spotlight, including $5 meals on-the-go. The menu will consist mostly of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Musk and his cofounder and chef Hugo Matheson have aspirations to expand the concept to other cities, but no solid plans are in place yet. Related: Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s Healthy fast food joints seem to be the latest trend in the food service industry, but many existing options aren’t exactly budget friendly and lunch for one can easily cost $15-20. In order to provide true competition to common fast food restaurants, like McDonald’s, Musk knew he had to keep the prices down. To that end, no single item on the menu at The Kitchenette will be priced over $10. Musk told Tech Insider that he’ll keep prices down by partnering with local farmers , which seems like a smart move, both for diners and for the local economy. The only downside we can see is that The Kitchenette won’t have a drive-thru window. Via Tech Insider Images via Kimbal Musk/The Kitchen

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Airbnb wants a family to sleep in this Great Barrier Reef floating ‘house’, but is it safe?

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The Airbnb listing calls the accommodations an “apartment” but it is decidedly not that. Composed of an open-air floating platform , the space is elaborately decorated with white linens and natural elements. The reef-adjacent guest space sleeps up to four people, so Airbnb is marketing this particular giveaway to families in partnership with Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory , which opened June 17. The contest entrant must be at least 21 years old, and the winner can bring along three immediate family members. The prize also includes return airfare to Cairns (the nearest city), as well as accommodations there in an Airbnb property on the night before and after the Great Barrier Reef adventure. Related: Airbnb is offering a night in an underwater bedroom surrounded by 35 sharks The main bedroom area features what appears to be a queen-sized bed, while a second sleeping area is situated behind a dividing wall positioned at the head of bed. There, a bunk bed is adorned with colorful Disney-themed bedding, but the kids sleeping area is also dangerously exposed, without so much as a railing between the “bedroom” and the open sea. If you choose to ignore the obvious safety concerns, the space is decidedly beautiful. The open walls feature billows of gauzy curtains which are more for aesthetic appeal than privacy or protection from the elements. Unfinished wood make up the floor and sofa, while fluffy pillows in white and sandy colors offer cool places to enjoy the view. This dreamy floating getaway is also conspicuously missing a bathroom, although there is a sink positioned between the bedroom and the lounge area. Par for the course with Airbnb giveaways , the winners will do more than just sleep on the waves. The prize also includes a late lunch featuring from local produce, prepared by Neil Perry, one of Australia’s most famous chefs. In the afternoon, the winners will go on a guided dive, and tour private coral gardens with a marine biologist. Entries will be accepted until June 30 and a winner will be announced soon after, with the trip planned for July 12 to 14. The entire prize package is worth $30,000, according to Airbnb, which seems like a lot of money to put behind a floating room that gives parents major cause for concern about the safety and comfort of their children. + Airbnb Night At Great Barrier Reef Via MyModernMet Images via Airbnb

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Solar Impulse 2 nails world’s first solar-powered flight across the Atlantic Ocean

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The experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 made history early this morning when it touched down in Seville, Spain after a three-day nonstop flight from New York City. The landing marks the first-ever solar, electric, and zero-emission crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The culmination of a partnership between Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Solar Impulse 2 is sure to snag another world record for this accomplishment, the latest in a series of firsts in the plane’s round-the-world journey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ExvAfoWwuo Piccard endured three days and three nights (71 hours and 8 minutes) in the one-man aircraft, covering 4,203 miles without fuel. The all-electric airplane draws all of its power through solar panels , which charge the plane’s batteries during the day to power its nighttime flying. Piccard landed Solar Impulse 2 successfully at the Seville Airport at 7:38am local time, ending the epic ocean crossing. Ground crews have already set to work evaluating the aircraft’s performance and checking for failures to ensure that everything is in good condition before Borschberg takes off on the next leg of the journey. Related: Solar Impulse 2 begins 4 day nonstop flight across the Atlantic on the longest day of the year Last year, Borschberg was at the helm when Solar Impulse 2 successfully flew across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii , and each leg of the historic journey seems to deepen the pilots’ conviction about the power of clean energy and its significance on a global scale. Following his landing in Spain this morning, Piccard waxed poetic about the cross-Atlantic flight. “The Atlantic has always revealed the transitions between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ worlds,” he said. “But while theses worlds used to be geographical continents, today they are states of mind. The ‘old’ world is the world of inefficient polluting devices, depleting the Earth’s resources. The ‘new’ world is the world of modern clean technologies that can halve our global energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life. With this transatlantic flight our aim is to inspire the adoption of clean technologies everywhere.” This marked the 15th leg of the experimental solar-powered aircraft’s round-the-world journey, which began in Abu Dhabi last March. The team expects at least two more flights to complete the global adventure. + Solar Impulse Images via Solar Impulse

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Sweden opens one of the world’s first electric roads

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Sweden is making headlines for a brilliant environmentally conscious move: electric roads . They just opened a two kilometer test stretch in Sandviken on the E16 where electric vehicles can connect to an overhead system similar to light rail. They are now among the first countries globally to test electric power on public roads for ” heavy transports .” The move could bring them closer towards the country’s goal of operating a fossil fuel-free fleet by 2030 . The electric road system, which is similar to a light rail , allows trucks to run on electric power while on the unique road, and then on regular roads they operate as hybrid vehicles. On the electric road, trucks gain power from a pantograph which connects to power lines overhead. Not only does this allow the trucks to run on clean energy, but enables them to avoid recharging quite as much. Automotive company Scania is supplying the hybrid trucks, which also run on biofuel . Scania researcher Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt said electrification could result in sizable fuel savings . Related: Swedish students design one of the world’s most energy-efficient rail-bound vehicles Swedish Transport Administration Director General Lena Erixon said , “Electric roads will bring us one step closer to fossil fuel-free transports, and has the potential to achieve zero carbon dioxide emissions. This is one way of developing environmentally smart transports in the existing road network. It could be a good supplement to today’s road and rail network.” The testing will go on until 2018 and allow Sweden to see how the technology functions in the real world. Along with the transport administration, Sweden’s energy and sustainable growth agencies will help fund the project. Scania and Siemens, who developed the conductive technology, will also help pay. Region Gävleborg will act as the project coordinator. Swedish Energy Agency Director-General Erik Brandsma said , “Electric roads are one more piece of the puzzle in the transport system of the future, especially for making the heavy transport section fossil fuel-free over the long term.” Via Green Car Congress Images via Wikimedia Commons and Trafikverket

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