The Unbelievable Photos Taken by the Crazy Russians Who Illegally Climbed Egypt’s Great Pyramid
Last week in Egypt, a group of Russian photographers apparently climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza—hiding from guards for four hours after closing time before beginning the ascent. Climbing the pyramid, one of the photographers claims, carries a punishment of one to three years. But it was worth it. “I was speechless,” one wrote. “I felt a chilling delight, absolute happiness.”
Biohackers Are Growing Real Cheese In A Lab, No Cow Needed
Real vegan cheese. It’s not an oxymoron, it’s a miracle of synthetic biology.
If you’re a vegan, cheese options are limited. There are high-quality vegan cheeses out there, but they just don’t taste the same, and they’re mostly soft— it’s difficult to make any sort of hard vegan cheese, like gouda or cheddar. A team of Bay Area biohackers is trying to create a new option: real vegan cheese. That is, cheese derived from baker’s yeast that has been modified to produce real milk proteins. It’s the same as cow cheese, but made without the cow. Think of it as the cheese equivalent of lab-grown meat. The journey towards vegan cheese began a few years ago, when synthetic biologist Marc Juul started thinking about the genetic engineering possibilities. Now, Juul and a group of people from two Bay Area biohacker spaces, Counter Culture Labs and BioCurious, are trying to create a finished product in time for the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition—a global synthetic biology competition—in October. So far, they’ve raised over $16,000 on Indiegogo to do it. (via Biohackers Are Growing Real Cheese In A Lab, No Cow Needed | Co.Exist | ideas impact)