Eddy's Good News: Dinosaur print in China making things out of 'thin air'

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3 May 2024, 16:50

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Friday 3rd May 2024

Credit: Scott Pearson and Lida Xing

The current worldwide hotspot for dinosaur discovery is China. I’ve lost count of the stories shared on these good news features in the past 12 months and the latest is one of the most exciting as it involves a species that strikes terror and therefore great interest in all who know its name. Raptor. One of the largest raptors ever discovered and what they’ve found is an entire fossilised footprint. 

Say ni hao to Fujian Province where the lead palaeontologist says it easy to identify a raptor’s prints because the imprint is only two toes. You might remember from watching Jurassic Park, the film that immortalised the velociraptor, that the third one had a sharp claw on it and they lifted it up while running to protect it. 

The five imprints they found measure 14 inches from claw to heel, suggesting this raptor stood up about 6 feet tall at the hip and was around 16 feet long, more than double the size of your average velociraptor which grew only 6 feet long.

Most raptors were small and very good at being small, as plenty of expendable sub plot characters in Jurassic Park found out.  

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org

Credit: Solein

We’ve had some great stories here about making things out of thin air. There’s even a vodka made from the carbon that’s in the air all around us. 

Now they’re growing food from thin air – that’s the promise of a new factory that opened in Finland this week to produce a new planet-friendly protein called Solein. 

Solein is grown out of a mighty microorganism using CO2 and solar electricity. The end result – following fermentation and dehumidification – is a powder that looks a bit like curry powder and which its makers say could provide a “bountiful harvest born out of thin air”. 

They’re making 160 tonnes of the stuff annually – enough for around 5 million meals. The company admits that such quantities are “a drop in the ocean” and says its product is easily scaled. 

“Protein can be grown anywhere so long as there is energy. It can be made as a side hustle away from traditional agriculture, Solein could be grown even in outer space,” to quote its makers. 

They say it can replace meat in lots of dishes and won’t disrupt the tastes of familiar foods. What does it taste like was my first thought? They say Solein has a delicately unique flavour with a pleasant note of umami.

Via: positive.news