Plastic wrap is terrible for the environment, because we use it for everything . . . it can't be recycled . . . doesn't break down in landfills . . . and it leeches chemicals into the ground water. So this would be HUGE if it pans out . . .
The American Chemical Society held its annual meeting in Philadelphia on Sunday. And researchers from the Department of Agriculture announced a new alternative to plastic that looks the same . . . but is fully biodegradable, and even EDIBLE.
It's made by combining something called citrus pectin with a protein in milk called casein. So they're calling it "casein biofilm." (Pronounced KAY-seen.)
And it's different from other green packaging, because it's actually BETTER than plastic at keeping food fresh. They found it's 500 times better at keeping oxygen out, which is what makes food go bad.
It's not clear how long it'll be before companies start using it. But they're also working on a SPRAY version they could use to coat food with to keep it fresh. And since it's edible, it might have other uses too.
For example, the reason cereal stays crunchy in milk for a few minutes is because it's coated in sugar. But companies could just spray each flake with this stuff instead. So they could make certain cereals healthier, and it still wouldn't get soggy.
A study just proved that my voice is the second-most comforting sound in the world. So you're welcome.
The study found the eight most COMFORTING sounds in the world. And remember, "comforting" doesn't always mean "calming" . . . a lot of them are sounds that could make you nostalgic or remind you of feeling happy at home.
Check 'em out . . .
1. Birds tweeting.
2. The radio.
3. The TV. (HaHa TV, Radio was mentioned FIRST! Suck it!)
When it comes to protein sources there are a lot of them to consider, some good, some bad, but this recent source is flying off the shelves around the world and gaining more popularity in America, what is it? Check it out HERE
RYAN LOCHTE apologized for his behavior last weekend, and said he should have been, quote, "more careful and candid in how I described the events."
But it sounds like he still thinks he was strong-armed. He said, quote, "It's traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country . . . with a language barrier . . . and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave . . .
"But regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry."
And in an interview with MATT LAUER, he said he got himself into this mess because he, quote, "left details out."
And once again, he brought the gun into it . . . quote, "Whether you call it a robbery or extortion or us paying just for the damages. All we know was there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money."
He said the reason he lied in early interviews was because he was STILL DRUNK. But he still took full responsibility. Quote, "If I had never done that, we never would have been in this mess . . . It was my immature behavior."
They also talked about a possible ban from swimming . . . which Lochte is hoping to avoid, obviously. And he said that if he loses endorsement money, quote, "That's something that I'm going to have to live with."
The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee did say that some kind of punishment is coming against all four swimmers, because they, quote, "let down Americans."
JAMES FEIGEN already "donated" $11,000 to some sort of "institution" in order to be able to leave Brazil.
GUNNAR BENTZ also apologized. Interestingly, he did NOT mention a gun or a demand for money. But he did mention that Lochte was the one who escalated things by yelling at the security guards.
Meanwhile, MICHAEL PHELPS broke his silence on this chaos . . . but he didn't say much. Asked if Lochte will come out of it okay, he said, quote, "We have good people taking care of it, so hopefully."
COREY FELDMAN recently filmed an episode of "Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry" . . . and he broke down in tears when Tyler supposedly received messages from COREY HAIM.
Well, Haim's mom thinks that's B.S. She says that Feldman is the LAST person Haim would try to contact from beyond the grave, because he was trying to distance himself from him while trying to sober up in the years before his death.
She also says that Feldman is ALWAYS using Haim's name and memory to promote himself and collect paychecks. And she wants him to move on and to let Haim rest in peace.
A woman who was eight months pregnant went into labor in the middle of a nine-hour flight from Dubai to the Philippines on Sunday.
We don't know her name, but she looks like she's in her 20s. The airline was Cebu Pacific. (Pronounced See-boo.) And their website says you can fly until you're 34 weeks pregnant. So about eight-and-a-half months, which seems kinda risky.
But luckily there were two nurses on board who helped deliver the baby . . . a little girl she named Haven. And there was another mom on board who had baby clothes and other supplies in her bag.
The flight was diverted to an airport India in order to get them to a hospital, which delayed everyone by about nine hours . . . but no one complained. And the good news is Haven's perfectly healthy even though she was born five weeks premature.
And check this out. The airline decided to give the kid a MILLION frequent flyer miles, worth over $100,000. And they say they'll never expire.
(CNN / The Guardian)
(Here's a photo of the mom holding her on the plane.)
Brazilian police say RYAN LOCHTE lied about being robbed at gunpoint along with three other U.S. swimmers. They claim two of the others, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, admitted that the story was fabricated.
Police have recommended that Lochte and the fourth swimmer, JAMES FEIGEN, be INDICTED for falsely reporting a crime. Lochte is already back in the U.S., but it appears that Feigen is still in Rio with Bentz and Conger.
The real story is starting to emerge, but details are still a little cloudy. It sounds like the guys stopped at a gas station to pee after a party . . . and ended up vandalizing a bathroom door when they couldn't get in.
At least one of the guys urinated on an outside wall, and they may have caused some other damage besides just the door. They were pretty messed up, and Lochte was said to be particularly agitated.
The thing is, the swimmers are still claiming they were robbed, and they MIGHT be telling the truth about that.
A confrontation ensued between the swimmers and gas station employees. One of them was an armed security guard who MAY have pulled a gun on them. But Brazilian authorities say it was just to control the situation.
Lochte and his buddies offered them about 50 bucks, but they wanted more. The guys ended up giving them about $400.
Surveillance footage shows the swimmers leaving the bathroom and getting in their cab . . . but being stopped by a gas station employee. You can also see them sitting down on a curb with their hands up.
There's a 25-year-old woman outside Atlanta named Jaquie Goncher, who broke her neck diving into a swimming pool eight years ago. So she's been in a wheelchair ever since, and her doctors said she'd probably never walk again.
Specifically, they said that the chances of her walking again were, quote, "too small to put a number on." But she refused to believe it, did a ton of physical therapy, and check this out . . .
She and her fiancé Andy got married back in May. And it looked like she was about to go down the aisle in her wheelchair. But then she stopped at the end of the aisle . . . stood up OUT of her chair . . . and WALKED the rest of the way.
Apparently a few close friends knew it was coming, but everyone else was shocked and started crying. But that wasn't even the end of it. She also DANCED at the reception, and the photos of it started going viral this week.
Jaquie says she'd only been able to stand for 20 or 30 minutes at a time before that. But on their wedding day, she somehow spent over FOUR HOURS on her feet.
And she still has to use a wheelchair most of the time. But she's trying to use it less and less, and she's started using a cane instead.
Remember that story about how RYAN LOCHTE and three other U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint? Yeah, about that . . .
Apparently, Brazilian authorities aren't sure it even happened. For starters, there were inconsistencies in the stories told by Lochte and his teammate JAMES FEIGEN.
They also can't find the driver of the cab the swimmers were supposedly in when they were pulled over and robbed. There's also surveillance video of the guys where they're acting pretty calm for four men who'd just been held at gunpoint.
Police actually went to the Olympic village yesterday to revoke the passports of all four men, but Lochte was already back in the U.S. It kind of gives the impression that he FLED . . . which he denies.
The other two guys, GUNNAR BENTZ and JACK CONGER, were pulled off a plane at the Rio airport. Feigen was supposed to be on that plane, but he wasn't. It's not clear WHERE he is. It's also not clear what could happen to these guys if they lied about being robbed. But Lochte's lawyer said he told the truth and has nothing to hide.
Belly flops are no laughing matter in Norway. The country has developed what it calls dødsing, which is essentially jumping off a 10-meter high diving board and performing a belly flop. The championship competition took place over the weekend. Beware: footage of the floppers might make you cringe.