Does anybody remember the 12.5 million tomato seeds that were carried on the space shuttle Columbia in order to study the effects of long-term space exposure on living tissue? We just heard that school children in West Lafayette, Ind., were given some space-exposed seeds and raised tomatoes that were served in the school cafeteria. So what are they like? (And what about the remaining 12,499,900 space tomato seeds?)
Not Real Skin but an Amazing Simulation
A computer-operated machine can now form a protein coating around sausage, potentially making plastic or gut casings unnecessary. It's said that Natraskin is edible and doesn't split during cooking.
A Policeman's Projected Dream
Rumor has it that a licensed line of Twin Peaks doughnuts is in the works.
An Etiquette Problem Solved
Vegetables such as beans and cabbage cause gas because they contain indigestible sugars that ferment in our digestive tracts. However, an enzyme called alpha-galactosidase will break these compounds down so they won't ferment, if you sprinkle a few drops of it on your first mouthful of the dangerous food. It should be available soon, under the elegant brand name Beano Drops, in the supermarket antacid section (meanwhile there's a Beano Hotline, 800-257-8650). From Lactaid, Inc. of Pleasantville, N.J.