India’s Cleanroom Highs and Woes

Making the News in Contamination Control: India is shooting for the Moon. Literally! With a female-led team blasting the Chandrayaan-2 rocket off on its interplanetary mission, congratulations are sounding across the continent. But in other areas, India’s cleanroom-related news is less than stellar. And right now we’re looking at you, pharma recalls… Read More at Cleanroom News

Nanoparticles Delivered From A Microneedle Patch of Drugs Revolutionize Body Sculpting

Chubby woman hand holding her own belly fat at outdoor under the sunlight.

Given the number of food-related articles we’ve published in recent months, you may be forgiven for thinking we are somewhat obsessed. While researching topics like activated charcoal in ice cream to wine-infused coffee beans to last month’s unveiling of the all-new ruby chocolate, we at Berkshire have enjoyed feasting our eyes on some exciting new developments at the intersection of nutrition and science.

 

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Can a Flesh-Based Product Ever Be Considered Contamination-Free?

Homemade Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Food contamination. Food insecurity. GMOs. Frankenfoods. Synthetic products. What’s next to find its way onto our dinner plates? Could it be ‘cultured meat,’ a product that’s disrupting the conventional paradigm of animal agriculture? From Maastricht to Silicon Valley, ‘clean meat’ is the next Big Idea, but what is it and why do we need it?

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Activated Charcoal – Could This Ingredient Be An Ice Cream Game Changer?

black ice cream

The heat index is rising. The mercury is heading skyward. And we are all searching for ways to cool off this summer. So inevitably our thoughts turn to ice-cream – what could be better? Soft and creamy, pure white with speckles of vanilla bean. Or how about onyx black? In a black waffle cone? It’s this season’s new thing. Activated charcoal, the residue of burning young coconut shells, is the latest secret ingredient to hit the streets. But we wondered how safe is the supply chain and how can we be sure of its purity?

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How Will Concept Cars Get Us to Mars?

Mars, The Schiaparelli Hemisphere

We are unashamedly geeks here at Berkshire Corp. We love technology, revel in innovation, and eat-drink-breathe science. We embrace our nerdy sides, and promote our dorkiness. Why? Because we believe in blue-sky projects, wild and crazy ideas that contribute to our society, shape our future, and make life just that little bit easier, more rewarding, and simply better. Oh, and because allowing our imaginations free rein makes great business sense and is just plain fun. … Read more

How Much Do You Know About the New Generation of Cannabis-Edibles?

Bunch of homemade chocolate truffles with marijuana leaves

Doobie, aunt mary, skunk, ganja, grass – whatever you call it, marijuana is in the news. Historically classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule 1 narcotic, the herb has recently been legalized for both medical and recreational use in the state of California and beyond, and the discussion around its use and potential benefits is flooding mainstream dialogue.(1) No longer regarded as the quintessential hippie, drop-out drug of the pot-smoking sixties, the iconic cannabis plant with its ultra-recognizable seven-pointed leaf is enjoying a rebirth as a plant with a bright new future. And the future is neither smoke nor mirrors – this future is edible.

 

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Changing The Face of Food Packaging with Alginate and Grape Skins.

Family chooses dairy products in shop

The shift from the petroleum economy is underway. With consumers more conscientious about the environmental impact of the items they buy, the days of the plastic-based food container are numbered. While researchers at the USDA are tinkering with milk proteins to engineer an edible plastic film, others are crafting entire plant-based food delivery systems that mimic nature in encapsulating and sealing solids and liquids. Read on to learn how innovation within the food packaging industry is having an important impact on our national resource management…

Consumers are worried about the environmental impact of the packaging they buy.  Researchers are working with milk proteins, plant based delivery systems, and other technologies to make packaging eco friendly.  Read more at Food-contact-surfaces.com