From Mail Online:
If two men had their way, in the future we would all be chewing our coffee instead of drinking it.
Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brand from San Francisco, US, have created chewable caffeine cubes which contain 35 calories each and are the equivalent to drinking half a cup of coffee.
Their Go Cube coffee bites come in three flavours - pure drip, latte and mocha - and cost £15 for six packs.
An 8 fluid ounce cup of black coffee usually contains one calorie.
The cubes are vegan and consists of a specially blended compounds which supplement memory and alertness, and six grams of sugar.
Mr Woo and Mr Brand said: 'We think all day about ways of helping people improve their mental performance and stay sharp all day.
'Before this, coffee had always been our default pick-me-up in the past, as it is for many people.
'Our goal with Go Cubes is to combine what people love about coffee to make a cognitive-enhancing product that's delicious, shareable, convenient, and affordable.
'We take pride in quality products and a brand that's both smart and down-to-earth.'
The creators raised their £27,043 target through crowd funding site Indiegogo and the cubes, which come in a randomly selected pack-of-four, will be available for international shipping by the end of the month.
Explaining the ingredients in the cubes on their crowd-funding page, the creators write: 'The amount, concentration, and ratio of each compound in Go Cubes were specifically drawn from double-blind, peer-reviewed journal studies that statistically significantly demonstrate the compound's efficacy and safety.
The amount of theanine in a cup of green tea is approximately 20 mg. The amount of caffeine is approximately 50 mg. This is approximately a 1:2 ratio of theanine : caffeine.
'Broad scientific journal consensus and journal studies have demonstrated a ratio of 2:1 theanine : caffeine significantly improves cognitive performance and alertness, beyond just each compound standalone. Please review further exposition of theanine and caffeine.
Vitamin B6 has been shown to aid cognitive function. In fact, the Mayo Clinic specifically recommends 20 mg of B6 for nootropic benefits - exactly the amount of B6 in two Go Cubes.
'Research shows that theanine + caffeine have strong positive effects on word recognition, rapid visual information processing, critical flicker fusion threshold, attention switching and mood beyond placebo and beyond just caffeine. These cognitive benefits are clearly beneficial for improving performance on cognitively demanding tasks.'
From The Daily What:
Have you ever been just hanging out and had an immediate urge for a cold, stale slice of pizza that you have to remove from a plastic pouch?
Have you ever wanted an edible necklace of old pizza?
Have you ever wanted other people to know that you have an uncontrollable need for pizza and absolutely no patience?
No. The answer to all of these questions is 'no'.
But still, if you want to buy a pizza pouch, you have that option as a free, individual human.
As described on the website:
No one should ever be without pizza. Sadly, (often tragically) pizza is not always available for immediate hand-to-mouth consumption. Prepare yourself. Keep and carry a backup slice with this specially designed Pizza Pouch. A durable zip-lock sealing neck-strap pie slice device. Always fresh and ready. BONUS: Just wearing this Pizza Pouch will instantly make you more popular and attractive. It's a bold (and delicious) fashion statement. Portable pizza. The best invention since delivery. * Please Note: Due to the sudden (understandable) popularity and limited stock on hand, these may not ship until October 18. Be patient. Be strong. They will come.
Seriously though, if you put a slice of pizza in that thing and it's even just a little bit warm, won't all the cheese and toppings pull off of it when you shove your greasy, greedy hand into it to dig it out?
A new British brand has launched a protective face mask for germ-phobics, and not the cheap papery sort.
Freka's Limited Collection N°1 range of 'fashionable facewear' - a £160 contraption available in a selection of colours - claims to filter harmful particles from the atmosphere leaving only purified air for the wearer to inhale.
Billed as 'a bold blend of science and style', the bizarre masks are intended to protect the wearer from germs, pollen and 'dangerous' pollutants - but would you be willing to wear one in public?
Upon first inspection, it may look like a glorified surgical mask, but inside Freka's face mask lies a Darth Vadar-worthy maze of valves.
According to the brand this 'intricate exhalation valve system' includes a replaceable vitaliser that purifies the air as you breathe it.
Freka designer Frank Borsboom told FEMAIL: 'We have spent a lot of time carefully studying the face - the most complex and sensitive part of our body - to create something incredibly unique that truly defines the meaning of facewear.'
He explains that the aesthetic was based on 'classic British tailoring', but that a touch of the East was introduced with the subtle scent of Japanese Hinoki wood detectable in the nose piece.
In many areas of Asia, wearing face masks in public is reasonably common. In Japan, it is something of a fashion statement.
But according to China's former health minister Chen Zhu, there could also be serious health benefits in the wearing of protective masks.
According to Mr Zhu, a leading molecular biologist, pollution in China results in the deaths of between 350,000 and 500,000 people a year - the latter being equivalent to the population of Bristol.
According to London Air, an information site run by King's College London, many areas near central London read in with very high levels of PM 2.5.
Pollen is another health factor, which affects more than 10 million Brits a year according to NHS figures.
A Freka spokesman posed the question: 'Even after recent coverage on poor air quality in big cities, and with hay fever being an issue, why don’t more people in the UK wear masks?
'Simply because of comfort and aesthetics.'
So will Freka's newly launched masks every catch on? This writer was given the opportunity try one and truthfully I am far, far, too vain and British to be seen dead in one.
Yes, it's beautifully packaged, yes, it's comfortable, and yes, it smells like Japanese Hinoki wood, but I'd take hayfever and large doses of pollution over the Darth Vadar look any day.
From Mail Online:
The trend of high-fashion handbags incorporating designs that look like they could have been drawn by a third-grader shows no sign of slowing down if Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2015 line is any indication.
Commenters have taken to social media to decry Dolce & Gabbana's black Sicily bag, which features cutouts of a mother holding the hands of her two daughters, along with a smiling dog and angry cat.
Jezebel used the headline 'The devil has revealed himself in the form of a $2,975 Dolce & Gabbana bag', to describe the purse, which attracted more than 22,000 shares so far, with most readers mocking the design.
While one lamented 'Whatever happened to basic black?', another seemed shocked that the bag existed. 'Oh God it's real. I thought it was a silly graphic but it actually f*****g looks like that,' the commenter wrote, adding: 'Jesus skateboarding Christ.'
Yet another commenter remarked that the bag looked like 'the back window of a minivan'.
Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have said the Viva la Mamma collection is a celebration of motherhood - and an homage to their own mothers.
For the show during Milan Fashion Week, a handful of models stepped onto the catwalk with their children and babies, and heavily-pregnant model Bianca Balti also walked the runway.
The trend for portrait purses arguably hit the mainstream when Kanye West gifted wife Kim Kardashian with an Hermes bag hand-painted by George Condo - whose work hangs in the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.
Kim's bag - before the image of the green-headed man and nude women was added - cost around $40,000 minus the portrait.
When Kim shared images of the bag on her Instagram, they soon received more than 188,000 likes and 27,000 comments, including: 'Such a waste of a Birkin bag' from user elenimack and '#epicfail' by jedebough.
For those who can't get enough of the family portraits, Dolce & Gabbana also offers alternatives including a Sicily textured leather phone bag for $1,295 an iPhone wallet for $1,095.
We’ve seen a lot of scary fast food over the years but now Burger King is reportedly coming out with a new Whopper that’s intentionally frightening. Fast food blog Burger Lad seems to have obtained some leaked pictures of a special Halloween Whopper that will feature pitch-black buns. As you can see in the photo above, this does not look like an appetizing burger — it rather looks as though Burger King has slapped a slab of beef and some vegetables in between to large pieces of charcoal.
Burger Lad informs us that this new burger will feature a “Whopper Patty, Cheese Slices, pickles, A.1. Steak Sauce, Onion Slices, Tomato Slices, Lettuce and Mayonnaise” to go along with the distinctive black buns. Interestingly, it seems black sandwich buns like this are quite popular in China — earlier this year, we saw that KFC promoted a new chicken sandwich in China that similarly had black buns.
At any rate, we’re sure this burger tastes just like a normal Whopper, although there really is something odd about eating bread that looks like it’s spent four straight hours in a toaster oven.
All of the pizza flavor, none of the melty cheese.
Los Angeles-based ice cream purveyor Coolhaus has added a pizza-flavored ice cream to its menu. Made with a mascarpone and olive oil base, it also includes sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and a "pinch of salt to finish." It doesn't have any of the carb-y, melted cheese goodness of a slice, but it is naturally gluten-free, if that counts for something. This isn't the first time L.A. has had a pizza ice cream on the scene: Scoops made a version all the way back in 2012 for Eater's Pizza Week.