Friday, 31 March 2017

Vantablack & Vegans

I saw a truly disturbing video about dairy cows last week and it had a really intense effect on me. I've said it before, but I am a serious animal lover and I felt so sorry for the poor cows, I decided I didn't want to be part of their continued suffering so have removed dairy from my diet.. Ok, all well and good but it is not that simple. So I've stopped having milk and yogurt and ice cream and all the obvious candidates but the fact is I'm a mum in a family of 5 fussy eaters and confirmed carnivores. How can I eat what I want to eat without having to cook 2 lots of meals all the time? And what about if there is just a wee bit of parmesan cheese involved or a dash of something? How do I deal with all this?
A while back I stopped eating meat and although it was a bit of a problem, the sum effect is that the family as a whole now eats less meat, which is great, and I've found a way to make alternatives on the days where meat is on the table, but dairy just adds another whole layer of difficulties.
Thing is, I'm already lactose intolerant,(not in a pretendy way but in an actual diagnosed by hospital type of way, just saying) so really my body does not want or need this stuff, gotta keep strong, gotta avoid the dairy...I just felt like I needed wee moan there.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are some nice vegan cakes to be had out there in the world though... A friend of mine suggested we meet at SthlmRaw in Söder which specialises in raw food and I had a delicious vegan smoothie and little 'chocolate' thing...

Up until that point I really wondered if I could do it?
I'm still not sure that I can do it 100% but I'm not going to beat myself up over it, just going to do the best without piling on the pressure or feeling guilty.

Ok, so I didn't really mean to talk about my troubles with going dairy free, just wanted to offload a bit there... What I really wanted to talk about was this amazing substance developed by scientists called Vantablack back in 2014. It is the world's blackest substance. I remember reading about it back in the newspapers then and just kinda forgot about it but hubby reminded me the other day and I remembered thinking how extraordinary it is! I'm not going to get all sciencey on yer ass but if you do want to read more about it's amazing properties then check out this link to Science Alert and there is a video on that link too, where you can really see it's not bogus.

But just so you know what we are talking about, here is a picture of a 3D head and then the same head sprayed with this substance..

Surrey NanoSystems

I know what you are thinking by the way! It is not photoshopped, this is genuine scientific stuff!
The long and the short of it, is that almost no light reflects off the object covered with this stuff, so effectively, you can't see it. Bonkers!

And on that note, have a wonderful weekend, and drink more water!


  1. I hope you find the strength to go on with it! and that sure is the blackest substance, it looks unreal!

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