Tokyo based venture firm FCOM (Fresh Functional Food Composite) Co. is creating new types of composite food by infusing one food into another.

Chocolate infused in strawberry by FCOM
Chocolate strawberry

One of their latest products is a strawberry infused with white chocolate. On the outside it’s an everyday garden-variety dried strawberry, but break the surface and it looks like the fruit contains white chocolate in its fibers.

The trick is to first freeze-dry the strawberry to remove the water, and then infuse the white chocolate into the spaces left behind. It gave it that extra taste without spoiling the strawberry’s original texture.

The company has hopes to take the technology further than creating hybrid food; their concept is that people can take supplements easily and deliciously. For example rice infused with various nutrients could be produced for seniors who can’t eat very much.

The company spokesman also added that the concept and technology could be adapted for fields like cosmetics and medicine. [Japantimes]

I want a chicken that taste like beef… I wonder how it would taste like.

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Israeli scientists have inscribed the entire Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible onto a space less than half the size of grain of sugar. The tiny Bible appears to be the world’s smallest.

The nanotechnology experts at the Technion institute in Haifa say the text measures less than 0.5 square millimeter (0.01 square inch) surface. They chose the Jewish Bible to highlight how vast quantities of information can be stored in minimum amounts of space.

Smallest bible in the world created by Israeli scientists
World’s smallest bible… ya, the black dot (Image courtesy of Eastday)

The previous smallest known copy of the Bible measured 2.8 x 3.4 x 1 centimeters (1.1 x 1.3 x 0.4 inches), weighing 11.75 grams (0.4 ounces) and containing 1,514 pages, according to Guinness World Records spokeswoman Amarilis Espinoza. [Metro]

A carbon nanotube – a hollow, tube-shaped molecule 10,000 times smaller than a human hair – can perform all the basic functions of a radio when it’s wired up to a few other simple parts, a new study shows.

The simple tube is ten carbon atoms wide and only a few hundred nanometers long.

Alex Zettl and colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley showed that a nanotube can work as an antenna, picking up radio signals from the air. [Nationalgeographic]

I am not really sure if it is useful in common life though.

For those who are wondering how small a nanometer is…

1 meter = 1,000,000,000 nanometer

RoboCup China Open 2007 kicked off on Friday (Oct 26) in Jinan, east China’s Shandong Province. RoboCup is an international event to promote robot research, education and competition in China. This year it managed to attract over 400 teams (local and international) to compete in 34 different categories.

RoboCup China Open 2007
‘RoboDogs’ in soccer competition (Image courtesy of Xinhuanet)

A Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380 took off on a historic journey Thursday (Oct 25) – the first commercial flight by the world’s largest jetliner that boasts luxurious suites, double beds and the quietest interior ever.

Singapore Airlines Airbus 380
Airbus 380 takes off from the runway

With 455 passengers, some of whom paid tens of thousands of dollars for a seat in aviation history; the superjumbo soared into the sky on a 7 and 1/2 hour flight to Sydney that launches a new era in air travel. Also on board flight SQ380 are a crew of about 30 including four pilots.

Passengers clapped as the plane disengaged from the dock on schedule at 8am (0000gmt) and taxied to the runway that was widened and lengthened to accommodate the huge plane.

More cheers broke out 16 minutes later as the double-decker aircraft, powered by four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, lifted smoothly into the nearly cloudless sky tinged pink by the light of the early morning sun.

Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, a 24-year-old physics undergraduate in northern Nigeria, takes old cars and motorbikes to pieces in the back yard at home and builds his own helicopters from the parts.

Home made helicopter in Nigeria
Mubarak and his homemade helicopter

The chopper, which has flown briefly on six occasions, is made from scrap aluminium that Abdullahi bought with the money he makes from computer and mobile phone repairs, and a donation from his father, who teaches at Kano’s Bayero University.

It is powered by a second-hand 133 horsepower Honda Civic car engine and kitted out with seats from an old Toyota saloon car. Its other parts come from the carcass of a Boeing 747 which crashed near Kano some years ago.

For a four-seater it is a big aircraft, measuring twelve metres (39 feet) long, seven metres high by five wide. It has never attained an altitude of more than seven feet. [Yahoo]

A group of students from Osaka Sangyo University, Japan, have managed to create a new world record for the fastest dry-cell-battery powered car.

World fastest battery charged car
World’s fastest dry-cell-battery powered car

The car that was powered by dozens of AA batteries managed to achieve an average speed of 109.95 kilometres per hour, while reaching the top speed of 122kph during a test run on August 4. The result is officially accepted by the Guinness World Records.

World fastest battery charged car
The car is powered by dozens of AA batteries (Images courtesy of Xinhuanet)

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