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Laboratory Hamburger

February 21, 2012

Laboratory Hamburger

The world’s first in-vito meat hamburger will be ready this fall, according to Mark Post of the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. He spoke last Sunday at the AAAS meetings in Vancouver, in a symposium called “The Next Agricultural Revolution: Emerging Production Methods for Meat Alternatives.”

Dr. Post has been growing the patty from cow stem cells and plans to put it to the ultimate scientific test: it will be cooked and eaten. The team hopes famed chef Heston Blumenthal will broil that burger and some other open-minded celebrity will eat it. Don’t look for lab-grown burgers in the drive-thru lane any time soon; it’s costing over $400,000 to make the first one.


Netherlands vs Spain

July 11, 2010

Netherlands vs Spain


The final match of the 2010 World Cup will be played shortly. The competitors, The Netherlands and Spain, have a history. Lots of history, chiefly the overtime contest called The Eighty Years War or Tachtigjarige Oorlog (1568–1648).

The war began under the leadership of coaches William of Orange on the Dutch side, with Philip II coaching Spain. The outcome? Hint: the struggle is also called the Dutch War of Independence.

Back to today’s match: neither side has won the World Cup in the entire history of FIFA competition. How long is that? Eighty years.


Image (William of Orange vs Philip II) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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