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Food

Better than a reusable coffee cup: An edible coffee cup made out of a cookie

It’s all the rage lately to deliver food in edible packaging, because if you eat the container, there’s no waste to dispose of — no paper coffee cup, no plastic wrapper that ends up in the ocean. While tomato-basil membranes sound intriguing, if not exactly appetizing, here’s an idea for an edible container that pretty much anyone should be able to get behind — an espresso cup made out of a cookie. An Italian designer dreamed this up as a promotion for the espresso brand Lavazza, but this is so brilliant it needs to catch on everywhere. Supposedly that white …

Business & Technology

Robots could make solar power super cheap

It’s a simple enough robot: an ATV equipped with a robotic arm and few cameras. But it’s already stealing green jobs from humans. Its suction cups grab onto the glass face of huge, power-plant-grade solar panels and lift them onto a metal frame. One robot, with three human helpers, can install a field of solar panels in an eighth of the time it would take 35 humans. Technology Review explains: The main idea is to save money on labor, which accounts for a growing fraction of the cost of solar power as panels get cheaper … For a 14-megawatt solar plant, …

Food

This mobile restaurant brings the table to the farm

This mobile-home-as-restaurant might have won the war for most local food ever. Instead of bringing the farm to the table, the Buijtenkitchen is bringing the table to the farm. It’s basically just a hut with a wood-burning stove inside, but it’s small enough that it can be loaded onto a trailer and moved without much fuss. It started out its journey on the outskirts of Rhoon, a village just beyond Rotterdam, and it follows a harvest calendar, searching out the very freshest produce there is.