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5 Things to Know Today: March 30, 2017

5 Things to Know Today: March 30, 2017

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Photo via Impossible Foods

Photo via Impossible Foods

Here are the top five things to know today. 

1. Fast Company: The company that created the plant-based burger ‘that bleeds’ is expanding their reach.  
Impossible foods, the company that created plant-based meat that looks and tastes eerily like a beef patty, is opening a new factory to help hit its production goal of a million pounds of meat each year. The burger, which is now only available at 11 restaurants, will be available at nearly 1,000 restaurants by the end of the year, including those in the San Francisco Giants baseball stadium. 

2. Triple Pundit: Nike is joining the recycling club with new shoe packaging. 
Nike partnered with Taiwanese company Miniwiz to create a new shoe packaging that’s made from 100 percent waste—like orange juice containers and milk jugs. The process to make the shoe boxes doesn’t use any added chemicals. The futuristic boxes also have a locking feature that will allow them to be stacked for storage, display, or even to double as a backpack. 

3. BuzzFeed: North Carolina repealed the controversial bathroom law. 
Yesterday, lawmakers in North Carolina announced their decision to repeal the law that banned transgender people from using bathrooms other than those specific to the gender on their birth certificate. The new bill prevents the state from regulating bathroom access, but also bans cities from passing anti-LGBT discrimination laws. The state legislature is expected to vote on the bill today, in hopes it is enough to convince the NCAA to keep championship games in the state.

4. TechCrunch: This Summer, food delivery robots are coming to Europe. 
Domino's has partnered with Starship Technologies to begin using robots to delivery pizza in Hamburg, Germany. If the pilot is successful, the pizza chain will expand testing to the Netherlands. The Starship robots look like a self-driving food cart and can travel four miles an hour. Robots will be deployed for deliveries within a one-mile radius of the eatery. 

5. Axios: BuzzFeed plans for an IPO in 2018. 
BuzzFeed, the website that set the standards for viral content, is rumored to be going public in 2018. Though they started out as a place to see memes of funny cats, the company has since expanded to include a news division and huge motion picture studio in LA. CEO Jonah Peretti has turned down offers from media companies for years, and has been planning to go public for some time.  

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