Why is lab-grown beef better than ranchers raising cows?

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If they can grow muscle, can they make meat?

Modern Meadow is a startup based in Brooklyn, New York. They are aiming to commercialize leather and meat products that are not made from slaughtered animals but brewed in cell-culture vats. If it works, and if the market embraces the resulting products, it would lead to vast savings in water, land, and energy use associated with livestock production.



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World’s Oldest Leather Shoe Found



World oldest shoe?

Three years ago, a 3,000-year old shoe was found. It was then thought to be the oldest ever found. Now archaeologists have found one about 5,500-years old in a cave in Armenia:

Stuffed with grass, perhaps as an insulator or an early shoe tree, the 5,500-year-old moccasin-like shoe was found exceptionally well preserved—thanks to a surfeit of sheep dung—during a recent dig in an Armenian cave.

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Leather Belts Recycled Into Flooring

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A Great Use for Old Cow Hide!

The design blog Dornob has a post describing flooring made from recycled leather belts, including rugs and floor tiles. They’re pricey, at about $70 per square foot. So Dornob suggests that you could make your own:

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative approach, however, local vintage clothing stores may sell a belt for a few dollars. After finding a few choice samples, it is just a matter of figuring out the best way to put them together…


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iPod Jeans By Levi’s Redwire DLX Jeans


A new pair of jeans was on my shopping list for Christmas. I was on the lookout for something new and innovative when a friend recommended that I have a look at the new Levi’s Redwire DLX Jeans.

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Zing: Laser Engraving Made Easy

Zing: Laser Engraving Made Easy

 This laser wants to be your friend

Deceptive boring office scanner looks aside, the Zing Laser from Epilog Laser makes laser engraving a piece of cake. Connecting to your computer just like a printer, the Zing uses Corel Draw to engrave any image on wood, acrylic, plastic, leather, cork, Corian, glass, and even treated metals with the laser. The Zing Laser has 25 watts of power; an all-metal, air-cooled laser tube, and several standard features such as Air Assist and a motorized engraving table that makes calibration a swift affair. Video after the jump.

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