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The Weekly Authority: 📱 Bye-bye passwords?

From passwordless sign-in to the latest Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 leak and more, get all the week's top tech news here.

Published onMay 7, 2022

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 193rd edition here, with passwordless sign-in, Samsung’s UFS 4.0 flash storage, Resident Evil 4’s inventory briefcase puzzle game, and more.

🎥 I’m feeling a bit underwhelmed after finally watching the Uncharted movie — I still just don’t see Mark Wahlberg as Sully!

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Weekly Wonder

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Following the news that food tech startup Mooji raised $3 million to 3D-print plant-based meats, we started wondering: Could we soon be eating these 3D-printed creations? What does 3D-printed meat taste like? How is it made?

Fancy a 3D-printed steak?

Though it may not sound like the most appetizing food ever, 3D-printed meat, or cultured meat, is fast becoming a thing. Across the world, companies like Redefine Meat and MeaTech are already printing meat, with startups like Mooji hot on their heels. But what is this “meat” actually made of, and how is it created?

  • Bovine stem cells are the key ingredient — and while that might sound like animal products, the end product is plant-based and completely vegan.
  • These stem cells are isolated, multiplied until critical cellular mass is reached, then made into bio-inks.
  • These bio-inks are printed using a special 3D bioprinter, using a digital CAD model of a steak.
  • Unlike some other plant-based products, cultured meat is generally sold as whole cuts.
  • After printing, the steak is incubated, allowing the stem cells to differentiate into fat and muscle cells, just like the tissues found in actual steak.
  • Steak, lamb, chicken — all these meats and more can be 3D-printed using stem cells.
  • Researchers at the University of Osaka in Japan have even re-created the prized Wagyu beef using two types of stem cells from Wagyu cows. The jury’s still out on the flavor, though.
    Last year Novameat printed the largest piece of cell-based whole-cut meat analog in the world.

Doesn’t sound especially appetizing, does it? The video below probably isn’t going to do anything to whet your appetite either, although apparently, it tastes quite a lot like the real deal.

Watch on BBC

How big is the industry?

The cultured meat industry is growing, with the sector raising over $600 million in funding since 2015, and predicted to exceed $10 billion by 2041.

  • There are now over 50 companies printing meat, including Israel’s MeaTech (Redefine Meat), Barcelona’s Novameat, Vienna’s Revo Foods, and Tel Aviv’s SuperMeat.
  • The world’s first cultured meat company was MeaTech, the Israeli bioprinting company behind Redefine Meat.
  • In January, Redefine Meat closed a $135 million investment round, bringing its total funding to $180 million.
  • The company ran taste tests in four cities worldwide last November for its cultured meat and its plant-based meat product.
  • It already serves its products in 200 restaurants in Israel, as well as catering for Facebook (Meta), Google, and Apple offices, as well as some UK, Germany, and Netherlands restaurants.

Could we soon be eating 3D-printed meat?

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We consume 346.14 million tons of meat a year globally, a figure which could increase by 44% by 2030. Meat consumption varies worldwide, but the US is the top meat consumer — we’re consuming 124 kilos per person, per year. The general consensus among experts is that this just isn’t sustainable given the climate change crisis and various other factors, which could mean an alternative meat revolution is on the horizon.

We could soon be eating cultured meat in the US, with experts predicting 2022 could be the year it receives regulatory approval in some form.

Can I print my own steak at home?

Sadly not, unless you’re also going to grow and nurture your own stem cells, which would require (a) some pretty deep scientific knowledge and (b) a well-kitted-out laboratory. Unfortunately, 3D-printed meat isn’t the type of thing you can just print at home on your 3D printer the next time a steak craving hits!

Craving more science? Check out our pick of the best science apps for Android or dive into CuriosityStream, the online streaming service for science and history fans.

Tech Calendar

  • May 9-11: Qualcomm 5G Summit (San Diego)
  • May 10: Motorola launch event @ 2 PM CST (Moto G82?)
  • May 11: Sony Xperia event @ 3 AM ET (Xperia 1 IV?)
  • May 11-12: Google I/O 2022
  • May 12: realme 9 series and realme Pad Mini launch @ 1 PM CET
  • May 12: Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones launch @4 PM GMT
  • June 2: Diablo Immortal PC release date
  • June 6-10: Apple WWDC 2022
  • June 10: The Quarry released on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
  • June 12: Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase @ 12 PM CT

Tech Tweet of the Week

Larry Ellison and Elon Musk are buds.
Larry bought $1B of Tesla in December 2018. The stake is worth ~$15B now.
He just put another $1B as part of $7B equity financing that Elon did for the Twitter buyout.
My buddy still owes me $20 for an Uber ride last summer.
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) May 5, 2022

Something extra: This robot chef can taste food and check whether the balance of flavors is right, so Gordon Ramsay et al could soon be out of a job…

Until next week,

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.


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