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Space Meals & Mushroom Batteries

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Ever wondered about the foods that get sent into space? This nifty infographic covers everything from space food history, preservation, packaging and labeling, and fun facts such as why wine can’t go into space and “vomit comet”. Back on Earth, researchers at UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering used portabello mushrooms to create a new type of lithium-ion battery anode. This new battery is believed to stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time.
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ISSpresso & Outredgeous

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Italy’s favorite coffee, Lavazza, and Italian aerospace firm, Argotec, came together to manufacture an espresso machine suitable for space flight; astronauts can finally enjoy decent coffee while in orbit. Also now available in space? Fresh red romaine lettuce, dubbed “Outredgeous”, grown and consumed in space, and apparently tastes kind of like arugula.
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Junk Food Science & Space Station Spinach

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Getting ready for tonight’s Edible Education lecture with Alice Waters, David Binkle, and Wendy Slusser has us thinking a lot about what it means to eat healthfully. The New York Times takes a peek inside the food industry, while Commander Chris Hadfield demonstrates how to prepare cooked spinach aboard the International Space Station. Even astronauts need to eat their vegetables! Read more