Startup WikiCell Designs Secures $10 Million in Investment Capital from Flagship Ventures and Polaris Venture Partners CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WikiCell Designs Inc., a Cambridge, Mass. and Paris, France company developing deliciously edible forms of food and beverage packaging, today announced that it closed a $10 million Series-A financing co-led by Flagship Ventures and Polaris Venture Partners. The company also announced that co-founder Robert Connelly will lead WikiCell Designs as CEO. Noubar Afeyan of Flagship Ventures and Terry McGuire of Polaris Venture Partners will join the WikiCell Designs board.
Atlantic City Press If some state legislators get their way, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy could bring an end to one Jersey Shore tradition — the beach badge. State Sen. Michael Doherty, R-Hunterdon, Warren, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland, have introduced legislation requiring any town that accepts state or federal aid for rebuilding its beaches to provide beach and restroom access for free. Generate your very own Secret Service code name The most energized Jeb Bush has been for the entirety of the still-amazingly young 2016 election cycle came when he finally landed a good counterpunch against Donald Trump. During CNN's 14-hour-long debate/telethon Wednesday night, each of the 11 top candidates was asked what he or she would like to be called by the Secret Service if elected president. (President Obama's code name is "Renegade," for example.) Bush seemed to be ready for the question. "Eveready," he offered -- and then turned to his right.
Future - Welcome to a home for the insatiably curious What is BBC Future? Well, for starters we are about so much more than making predictions. Our mission statement is simple: "Making you smarter every day." BBC Future was born because you told us you wanted more in-depth coverage of science, health and technology – so we aim to provide expert analysis and features about the big ideas shaping the world, and the new insights challenging what we think we know about ourselves. The Futuristic Food Packaging You Can Eat, Even After Washing It Remember David Edwards, the Harvard professor behind smokable chocolate and inhalable coffee? When we last wrote about Edwards, in March, he was introducing Wahh, a Philippe Starck-designed canister that delivers puffs of vaporized alcohol. Since then, Edwards’s team has been back in the kitchen, working with designer François Azambourg to develop the WikiCell, a product that has implications for the food industry that move well beyond novelty. A great PRI report from earlier this week introduces us to the WikiCell, an edible packaging that attempts to reduce the massive amount of packaging used to sell food.
Cronkite News From sink to garden: Gray water systems catching on in Tucson Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Since 2008, Tucson has required plumbing in new homes to allow homeowners to set up gray water systems to reuse water from bathroom sinks, showers and tubs as well as washing machines to water plants and lawns. But the systems have yet to catch on in the Valley. Coltin Gerhart follows brothers’ path in football, blazes his own in baseball Sports run in Coltin Gerhart's blood: Two older brothers have played in the NFL and one, Garth, was a standout lineman at Arizona State University.
Blog Do Boycotts Work? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Do Boycotts Work?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) At issue: The Montgomery Bus Boycott, the South African divestment campaign, Chick-fil-A! Almost anyone can launch a boycott, and the media loves to cover them.
Tomatoes Transformed Into Edible Food Containers Nature knows that one of the best ways to package food is to make it possible to eat the whole dang thing, skin and all. In that spirit, Diane Leclair Bisson is working to give fruit a brand-new identity, transforming tomatoes into a series of edible containers for a project designed to encourage reflection on our consumption-centric society and wasteful habits. It’s casing that becomes part of the snack--rather than toss it in the trash, just pop it in your mouth. The endeavor is an evolution on Bisson’s research under her Taste No Waste initiative, established to explore the idea of doing away with disposable food products, particularly in the context of high-end gastronomy, catering, schools, and even fast food. As it turns out, the public has a hearty appetite for the experiment. But can the thought-provoking concept be translated to something ecologically and logistically viable for the larger marketplace?
PEW Research Rates Trustworthiness Our recent report, Political Polarization and Media Habits, finds that trust and distrust in the news media varies greatly by political ideology. Many readers asked us: Among the 36 news organizations we asked about, which one do Americans trust most? The answer is more complex than it may seem and can be measured in a number of different ways. Here’s a breakdown: The full population picture doesn’t tell the whole story. If you look simply at the total percentage of online adults who say they trust a news organization for news about government and politics, several mainstream television outlets rise to the top.
This Edible Blob Is A Water Bottle Without The Plastic One way to stop the ever-growing pile of plastic water bottles in landfills? Make a bottle people can eat. Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, three London-based industrial design students created Ooho, a blob-like water container that they say is easy and cheap to make, strong, hygienic, biodegradable, and edible. CNN.com - Transcripts Breaking News Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says that FBI Director James Comey swayed election. Home+ U.S.WorldPoliticsMoneyOpinionHealthEntertainmentTechStyleTravelSportsVideo Live TV
David Edwards's WikiCell Makes Edible Food Packaging A third of the waste that’s dumped into landfills is packaging such as boxes, bags, and food wrappers. David Edwards has a solution: Just eat it. Last year, Edwards, 51, a bioengineer at Harvard, launched WikiCell, which makes edible packaging for everything from yogurt to coffee and even alcoholic drinks. “We can basically surround any food or beverage with a skin like a grape skin that’s fully edible, and then consume it,” he says. Picture a martini wrapped in an olive that you can stick in your pocket and rinse off when you’re ready for a toast. Inspired by the way a biological cell carries water, Edwards set out to design a similar vessel for food and drink.
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