PETA Offers Reward For Successful Lab-Grown Meat

According to the Daily Mail, animal welfare group PETA has offered a $1 million reward to the first scientist who can prove laboratory-grown chicken is viable by 2016. Proponents of lab-grown meat say it would be more environmentally friendly and reduce animal suffering.

To produce such meat, scientists obtain animal muscle cells and incubate them in a protein broth. The cells multiply and create a sticky tissue. The “wasted muscle” is “exercised” using lab equipment to achieve animal muscle ready to be sold, cooked and eaten. Some researchers claim that ten pork muscle cells could produce as many as 50,000 tons of meat in two months.

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Live Mouse Found In McDonald’s Buns

The Huffington Post reported that a former McDonald’s employee shot a cell phone video of a live mouse in a bag of Big Mac buns at a McDonald’s in Philadelphia. The employee alleged that mouse droppings were often found on buns at the fast food restaurant, and the manager ordered workers to serve the buns after wiping off the droppings. Check out the video below.

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=11212

Video Shows Mouse In Bag Of Big Mac Rolls: MyFoxPHILLY.com


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Stormtrooper Gets Caked

Amanda Oakleaf Cakes created a life-size Stormtrooper  for the Arisia Sci-Fi Convention in Boston. The creation comprised of both cake and Rice Krispie treats, stood 6’4″ tall and weighed at least 300 pounds. Check out their blog to see how this monster cake was created.


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The Darth Vader Burger

According to International Business Times, French fast food chain Quick is harnessing “the force” with its new Darth Vader burger, complete with a black bun. The menu item was created in honor of the upcoming release of Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace 3D.

In addition to the Vader, burger, Quick is also featuring the Dark Burger, a tribute to Darth Maul which features a red-colored bun and the Jedi Burger in honor of Yoda which includes white mozzarella cheese cubes underneath the top bun.


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PepsiCo Says It Has Evidence Of Fraud In Mouse In Mt. Dew Case

LegalNewsline reported that PepsiCo, the maker of Mountain Dew, is gathering scientific evidence for a lawsuit brought against the company by a man who claims he found a dead mouse in his Mountain Dew can in 2009.

PepsiCo stated that the man has no evidence that the mouse was in the can when it left the bottling plant in 2008, adding that the company had proof that the mouse could not have been in the can for that period of time. PepsiCo enlisted a veterinary pathologist to examine the mouse, and found that it could not have been in the can that long because the acid in the soda would have eroded the body into a “jelly-like” substance.

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