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Old 01-26-2015, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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It has often been said that you can't unscramble an egg. But you might be able to unboil one.

When you boil an egg, the heat causes the proteins inside the egg white to tangle and clump together, solidifying it. New research published in ChemBioChem by scientists at UC Irvine shows how they can essentially reverse the clumping process by adding chemicals to a cooked egg.

Scientists Figure Out How To Unboil Eggs | Popular Science
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Whew. I'm glad they figured that out. I was concerned there for a while...
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:17 AM
 
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Technically its not an unboiled egg if it has chemicals added to it......an unboiled egg would be just that. an EGG.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"Adding urea to the eggs untangled the knotted proteins by chemically breaking them into bits, returning the eggs to a liquid form. (Note: Urea is one of the main ingredients in pee, so these unboiled eggs are probably not delicious.) "

I gotta wonder how that research started and how gullible the grant providers were...

In college, I missed a deadline for an important tech project, so I proposed a project of building boats out of reinforced bread to feed starving nations. I put hardware cloth in some pizza dough, overcooked and varnished it and brought it in as an example. I figured I would just get a wave-off and a D, but it was the second-best received project in the class.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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"...The same research team is now investigating a similar technique whereby chickens can be unhatched."
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:42 PM
 
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My money is on Alfred E. Neumann
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I'm glad the article specifies the use of a "hen egg" in the experiment. Otherwise, one would naturally assume a "rooster egg" had been used.
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC, USA
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I don't have eggs there is a snow storm and I don't have eggs, time to freak out !

Why don't they study cure for cancer ? they have discovered how to turn and edible egg into a chemically modified egg.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I sure hope this wasn't one of the government grant research our tax dollars at work waste and fraud projects.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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This could be an important breakthrough. The next step would be to discover how to unring a bell! Wouldn't all like to be able to unring bells we've rung. Mind you, the simplest way to unboil an egg has always been to simply toss it and get another one! I'm assuming that dry ice didn't work?
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