You Think You’re Putting Parm on Your Pasta, But It Might Actually Just Be Wood Pulp

Coming shortly after the news that the mafia is running a fake olive oil racket in Italy, the FDA is now warning cheese lovers that their Parmesan might be not just fake but made of—wait for it—wood bits.

Source: You Think You’re Putting Parm on Your Pasta, But It Might Actually Just Be Wood Pulp

The only way you get that additive is if you buy it in the aisle where the pasta and sauce usually are. Cheese spoils easily, so when in doubt go to the refrigerated section and buy a chunk there. If you grate it yourself (and sing while you grate it, something my Mom used to make me do so I wouldn’t eat the cheese) in a microplane, a little bit goes a long way.

MacGuyver: Tree Branch Water Filter

Today’s filtration membranes have nanoscale pores that are not something you can manufacture in a garage very easily. The idea here is that we don’t need to fabricate a membrane, because it’s easily available. You can just take a piece of wood and make a filter out of it.

Source: Water Filter Made from a Tree Branch Removes 99% of E. coli Bacteria

While all you need for this is:

  • Branch, peeled
  • tube
  • clasp

…the type of wood is important.  It’s not going to be the fastest filter either.  It’s a neat trick, but activated carbon/charcoal from your local fish/aquarium supply store is likely a better idea.

Now if someone could figure out how to do desalination better…