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China: Volunteers test worm diet for astronauts
BBC ^ | 22 May 2014 Last updated at 07:13 ET

Posted on 05/27/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Three researchers have been eating worms for 105 days, while living in a sealed laboratory in Beijing, to test whether astronauts could use them as their main source of protein.

The volunteers fattened up the worms on plants grown inside the Moon Palace One biosphere at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the South China Morning Post reports. They had various preparations for eating the worms - using a bean sauce and other seasonings to make the dish as appealing as possible.

The idea of feeding protein-rich mealworms to astronauts was apparently raised as early as 2009, but scientists at western space agencies worried they would be unappetising and lower astronaut morale.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: astronauts; china; mealworms; worms

1 posted on 05/27/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

“Slimy, yet satisfying.”


2 posted on 05/27/2014 12:02:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin
Their theme song
3 posted on 05/27/2014 12:04:33 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: BenLurkin

The early bird gets the worm.


4 posted on 05/27/2014 12:06:26 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Veggie Todd

The second mouse gets the cheese.


5 posted on 05/27/2014 12:08:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

6 posted on 05/27/2014 12:10:04 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: BenLurkin

Their cousins on Arrakis are not amused.


7 posted on 05/27/2014 12:10:33 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: BenLurkin

A kind of cuisine coming to flour closer to home.

Six legs tasty: First edible insect farm opens in US
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3160053/posts


8 posted on 05/27/2014 12:12:26 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: chajin

It was the very first thing that came to my mind!

“Nobody likes me, Everybody hates me.....”


9 posted on 05/27/2014 12:12:42 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: BenLurkin
China: Volunteers test worm diet for astronauts

A few questions:
Do the chicoms put the worms in little tubes like our astronauts eat from?

Does it taste like chicken?

10 posted on 05/27/2014 12:13:32 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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To: BenLurkin

11 posted on 05/27/2014 12:14:04 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: BenLurkin

Post “Diet of Worms” and somebody is liable to turn this into a Catholic Ping...


12 posted on 05/27/2014 12:17:31 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BenLurkin

For the rest of their lives, they’ll have to avoid live bait shops.


13 posted on 05/27/2014 12:21:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

There are Chinese restaurants, and then there are Chinese restaurants. ( suffice it to say, none of their lunches cause me to barf like a Big Mac does )


14 posted on 05/27/2014 12:21:59 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: BenLurkin

Normal Chinese food you eat and an hour later you are hungry again. With worms it takes a long time to get your appetite back.


15 posted on 05/27/2014 12:30:01 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: BenLurkin

North Koreans would kill to have as good a diet.


16 posted on 05/27/2014 12:39:04 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: BenLurkin

This is something else Michelle can put on the school lunch menu.


17 posted on 05/27/2014 12:40:03 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Worms, seriously? YUK.


18 posted on 05/27/2014 12:40:55 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Worms, seriously? YUK. Please send my share to N. Korea.


19 posted on 05/27/2014 12:41:23 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: BenLurkin

Don’t eat the green beans!!!!


20 posted on 05/27/2014 12:42:21 PM PDT by jettester (I got paid to break 'em - not fly 'em)
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To: Kackikat

I thank you on behalf of the starving N Koreans.


21 posted on 05/27/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

And of course you can take all you want of my worms before shipping...

I heard some time ago that some meats had worms incorporated as filler, but that could have been nonsense...could they do that in the USA?


22 posted on 05/27/2014 12:50:53 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I could have sworn worms and parasites were why we did cleanses every now and then, as they cause diseases. Why else would we have worm medicine. Dr. Clark.


23 posted on 05/27/2014 12:52:49 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Kackikat

Why don’t they cut out the middle worm and eat the plants?


24 posted on 05/27/2014 1:36:58 PM PDT by TexasPaul (TexasPaul)
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To: TexasPaul

I have no idea but the worms are not on my list of edibles.


25 posted on 05/27/2014 1:45:03 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: TexasPaul

Could be they are working on a self-contained eco-system. Its the only way humans will be able to colonize space.

Maybe use plants to recycle CO2 and other human waste, worms to convert plant waste to plant nutrients. Veggies for veggies, excess worms for meat.


26 posted on 05/27/2014 2:41:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

They will have to genetically engineer worms to taste like a variety of different good food.


27 posted on 05/27/2014 2:43:22 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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