Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Quadrotriticale for Real

Quadrotriticale , as featured in "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode is a futuristic version of the grain triticale, which is now, in today's real world, getting attention according to this article by Simon Ostler.

"Richard Gibson, the head of bio-fibers at the Alberta Research Council says Triticale, a combination of wheat and rye together, has been sitting on the back burner for 40 years mainly used as cattle feed. 'But what we're looking for nowadays actually is renewable resources. Bioplastics, different kinds of green or organic type fibers or whatnot for materials. Triticale's fits the bill perfectly for that.'"

iNews880 has more here.

H/t to Trekmovie.

Related: an LOLCats version of the episode is here.

Realted: OH HAI! YOU HAZ KWESTION? What is/are LOLCats? It's all here.


Nick Fechter said...

I can't wait for the new Star Trek movie to come out, it looks like it's going to be great!

Brian Fies said...

My memory from David Gerrold's Tribbles book is that he'd read a (then) recent article about triticale and, in good Trek fashion, gave it a numerical prefix to imply "extra spiffy futuristic!" (See also "dilithium.")