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(Quartz)   NASA is funding the development of 3D printing food for deep space missions   (qz.com) divider line 74
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2013-05-21 09:15:10 AM  
It invariably produces a concoction (which most people found unpleasant) that is "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea".
 
2013-05-21 09:15:57 AM  
We're still printing matter with matter.

None of this matters until we're printing matter with energy.
 
2013-05-21 09:16:54 AM  

turbocucumber: It invariably produces a concoction (which most people found unpleasant) that is "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea".


So...I'm guessing Earl Grey, hot is out of the question.
 
2013-05-21 09:16:57 AM  
Tea, Earl Grey, hot!
 
2013-05-21 09:17:21 AM  
125,000? gee, yeah, reach for the stars guys.
 
2013-05-21 09:17:31 AM  
Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.
 
2013-05-21 09:17:43 AM  
cenblog.org

Approves
 
2013-05-21 09:19:00 AM  

Macinfarker: Approves


Dag gone nabbit farfugnoogen!!!! 5 seconds to phone type and I lose by 4 posts :-&
 
2013-05-21 09:19:32 AM  
Looks unappetizing, but look at most of the junk food we eat. Just make sure there are canisters for "cheez" flavored powder, and people will eat it.
 
2013-05-21 09:19:51 AM  

turbocucumber: It invariably produces a concoction (which most people found unpleasant) that is "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea".


Sounds delightful.
 
2013-05-21 09:20:41 AM  
Quantum Apostrophe's head asplode.
 
2013-05-21 09:20:41 AM  
So, if it looks like food... Then plastic is okay to eat?
 
2013-05-21 09:21:01 AM  
Word salad, I'm guessing.
 
2013-05-21 09:21:33 AM  
What is the benefit of this, since we'll still need to bring the raw materials and it won't reduce weight?

Whatever food gets printed is going to be non-perishable type stuff anyway.
 
2013-05-21 09:21:34 AM  
www.11points.com
 
2013-05-21 09:21:34 AM  
Interesting. Won't they need gravity for the existing 3D printing technology?
 
2013-05-21 09:21:43 AM  
That's one of the best-targeted trolls I've ever seen, subby, even down to using QuArtz as the article source. Bravo.
 
2013-05-21 09:21:58 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: We're still printing matter with matter.

None of this matters until we're printing matter with energy.


Can I buy some pot from you?
 
2013-05-21 09:22:54 AM  
Pretty cool.

I doubt it'll ever spit out a decent steak, but processed foods should be doable.
 
2013-05-21 09:22:57 AM  
Old news.  McDonald's has been using these for years.
 
2013-05-21 09:23:58 AM  
We already know that eating meat is environmentally unsustainable, so why not get all our protein from insects?

Does the idiot author somehow think that 1) insects are not "meat", and that 2) farming them in quantities sufficient to feed the human population will not involve the same environmental issues as farming vertebrates?
 
2013-05-21 09:25:21 AM  
You know, I think that is like an admirable goal and everything but really we could end world hunger overnight if we just stopped throwing away almost farking half the food we produce

So put the folk down, stop farking eating you fatties, and stop encouraging places like Golden Corral.
 
2013-05-21 09:27:31 AM  
Yeah, I  can see this winning astronauts over. Stuck in a tin can for months, hurtling through space, homesick and what do you have to eat? Printed food made from bugs! That's good for morale. Especially when you see video communications from back home of the scientists at their stations, talking to you while they are chowing down on pizza from that place you love down the street.

I think the biggest obstacle for long manned space flight won't be food, oxygen or water. It will be making sure the astronauts don't go insane from being in what is basically solitary. Step one will be making the shuttles as home like as possible. And best way to do that is with the food. It's called "comfort food" for a reason. A bowl of mac'n'cheese just like mom used to make might settle an astronaut in ways no anxiety pill can.
 
2013-05-21 09:28:32 AM  
Hello, Houston? The printer display says PC LOAD LETTER and only Moon Pies come out, what do we do?
 
2013-05-21 09:29:27 AM  
I hope this works out. I've always wanted a Jetson's kitchen.
 
2013-05-21 09:29:34 AM  
Feeding the crew could be done in a manner conceptually similar to the proven method of fueling the spacecraft:  staging.  Just as the spacecraft begins with multiple stages and returns with just a capsule, cannibalism would reduce the crew to a minimum compliment over the course of the mission.
 
2013-05-21 09:33:35 AM  
The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food

So I see a system that will help with space travel if it works (they haven't tried building it yet). But then they talk about feeding more people than we can today and it becomes entirely science fiction - you don't get more efficient output by increasing the amount of energy input. And they don't seem to understand that's a problem they'll never get around since they're using a gadget instead of just grabbing some things and cooking them like a normal person.
 
2013-05-21 09:33:50 AM  
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Dammit, Karen! Did you buy cheap knock-off toner again?
 
2013-05-21 09:37:43 AM  

Stone Meadow: 2) farming them in quantities sufficient to feed the human population will not involve the same environmental issues as farming vertebrates?


Actually yes bugs are more efficient at the feed input -> meat output game. ...so we'll take longer to get the same environmental issues.
 
2013-05-21 09:41:50 AM  
I posted this to my Facebook with the tea earl grey hot in funnier context.
 
2013-05-21 09:42:50 AM  
Mmmmmm

that looks ....... soylent
 
2013-05-21 09:43:36 AM  

Jacob_Roberson: Actually yes bugs are more efficient at the feed input -> meat output game. ...so we'll take longer to get the same environmental issues.


They are also vastly more susceptible to disruptions due to disease and blights

You can cull herds down pretty easily, but on cricket farms for instance you can see an entire crop wasted in an afternoon.
 
2013-05-21 09:46:28 AM  
th03.deviantart.net
 
2013-05-21 09:52:14 AM  
There's another company in Missouri that's received a grant from the Thiel Foundation to work on 3-D bio-printed "In vitro" meat.

Thiel has donated a TON of money to both Methuselah Foundation and SENS, so he must think that 3-D printed food is a key part of health and anti-aging research.

That should make the nutcase's head explode.
 
2013-05-21 10:14:45 AM  

Jacob_Roberson: Quantum Apostrophe's head asplode.


Careful.  I got a timeout for making a similar comment about QA and his aversion to utopian 3-D printing, for "calling out another Farker".

It was not malicious, either - pretty much the same tone as your post.
 
2013-05-21 10:18:43 AM  
Wait, the engineer's actual name is Contractor?
 
2013-05-21 10:19:09 AM  

Nem Wan: Feeding the crew could be done in a manner conceptually similar to the proven method of fueling the spacecraft:  staging.  Just as the spacecraft begins with multiple stages and returns with just a capsule, cannibalism would reduce the crew to a minimum compliment over the course of the mission.


Modest. I like it.
 
2013-05-21 10:20:46 AM  
Classic Trek food sorta.
 
2013-05-21 10:22:40 AM  

Jacob_Roberson: So I see a system that will help with space travel if it works (they haven't tried building it yet). But then they talk about feeding more people than we can today and it becomes entirely science fiction - you don't get more efficient output by increasing the amount of energy input. And they don't seem to understand that's a problem they'll never get around since they're using a gadget instead of just grabbing some things and cooking them like a normal person.


We might very well reach a point where the "gadget", powered by a field full of cheap photovoltaics, produces more than the same field covered with grass and cows. Heck, given the relatively low efficiency of photosynthesis, it might outproduce a field full of human-edible grains or fruits.

Of course, efficiency isn't everything.
 
2013-05-21 10:24:14 AM  
Great. Now they're going to make food guns and destroy the ISS
 
2013-05-21 10:25:21 AM  
"So we eventually have to change our perception of what we see as food."

:/
 
2013-05-21 10:26:19 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: we could end world hunger overnight if we just stopped throwing away almost farking half the food we produce


Not throwing things in the trash doesn't mean transportation problems go away.
 
2013-05-21 10:32:08 AM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: Not throwing things in the trash doesn't mean transportation problems go away.


Reducing demand eliminates the need to even transport it to location A, freeing up resources to send it to B

Our problems are largely self induced
 
2013-05-21 10:34:57 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: You know, I think that is like an admirable goal and everything but really we could end world hunger overnight if we just stopped throwing away almost farking half the food we produce

So put the folk down, stop farking eating you fatties, and stop encouraging places like Golden Corral.


The article itself says part of the reason is food is cheap and plentiful. If it's already plentiful, it's unlikely to be a production side issue.
 
2013-05-21 10:36:32 AM  
 
2013-05-21 10:36:51 AM  
I hope I'm dead before we all have to change our perspective about what we think of as food. I don't want to eat 3D-printed insect protein squares.
 
2013-05-21 10:38:49 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: They are also vastly more susceptible to disruptions due to disease and blights

You can cull herds down pretty easily, but on cricket farms for instance you can see an entire crop wasted in an afternoon.


Citation needed. I think they're less susceptible than any mammal.
 
2013-05-21 10:39:57 AM  

jfarkinB: low efficiency of photosynthesis


Yeah good point.

Of course, efficiency isn't everything.

This too.
 
2013-05-21 10:50:19 AM  

Aarontology: Great. Now they're going to make food guns and destroy the ISS


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2013-05-21 10:53:19 AM  

Jacob_Roberson: The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food

So I see a system that will help with space travel if it works (they haven't tried building it yet). But then they talk about feeding more people than we can today and it becomes entirely science fiction - you don't get more efficient output by increasing the amount of energy input. And they don't seem to understand that's a problem they'll never get around since they're using a gadget instead of just grabbing some things and cooking them like a normal person.


so you dont use a gadget like a stove to cook your food and use energy in the process? maybe even messing with it a little, being all in-efficent and human?

bugs take less energy to farm (in theory)  and the act of processing them would likely take less energy then working with full livestock as well. are you trying to say that running a few motors to print paste is going to take more energy then an electric stove?
 
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