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Artist displays chunks of real glaciers as sculpture

Ice ice baby
MoMA
Ice ice, baby.

Artist Olafur Eliasson has an exhibit about glaciers called Your Waste of Time at MoMA PS1 in New York City. But the exhibit isn't just about glaciers -- it's also made of glaciers. Eliasson broke chunks off Icelandic glaciers and flew them to Queens, which I guess is OK if the point of the exhibit is to make a point about "time that is measured in thousands of years rather than mere decades," as MoMA says, but is kind of ironic if he's trying to make any kind of statement about preserving glaciers.

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California almost got an amazing bicycle superhighway 116 years ago

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Pasadena Museum of History

Back in 1897, a structure called the California Cycleway came very close to beautiful existence. The elevated structure would have provided a smooth, flat, uninterrupted ride for the nine miles from Pasadena to downtown. (You can see a Google map of the proposed route here.) Man, bike infrastructure proposals were so much better when bikes were the only game in town.

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Harvard researchers, on road to useful discoveries, instead make tiny chemical flowers

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Wim Noorduin

A team of scientists at Harvard have discovered how to make crazy, beautiful, very tightly controlled shapes that are so tiny they're invisible to the naked eye. Just by making simple changes in the environment in which salt and silicon crystals grow, they've made gardens of flower-like structures. Wim Noorduin, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, grew a variety of these "flowers," recently featured in the journal Science.

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Frackers get their own clothing line

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Rian S.

Clothing retailers don't have it easy. It's very hard to keep up with what's in style. And what's in style now? Fracking! Which means flame-retardant clothing for when shit gets out of hand.

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Orphaned polar bear finds home and roommate

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Alaska Zoo

Back in March we told you about a polar bear who had been orphaned in Alaska when its mother was shot by a hunter. We invited (well, ordered) you to watch it play which, even two months later, remains an experience of acute adorableness. Now we have some good news about this polar bear, little Kali: He has found a permanent home. That home will be at the Buffalo Zoo, where he'll share digs with another polar bear named Luna.

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Antarctica’s “bleeding glacier” is kind of terrifying

It's not blood. It's run-off from a hidden lake of microbes.
United States Antarctic Program Photo Library
It's not blood. It's just ketchup. No, it's run-off from a hidden lake of microbes.

We knew we'd been doing some damage to the planet, but we didn't realize we'd been making it bleed.

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Americans’ main complaint about water is that it tastes too much like water

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Robynne Blume

Do you feel like your doctors and your more annoying friends are always telling you to drink more water? Well, they're just trying to help. Water is so important for your health! Sadly, water tastes like, well, water. And since Americans eat like 100 pounds of sugar a year, the taste of water just isn't good enough for us. Even though we are very lucky to have fresh water, we don't get too excited about it -- 20 percent of people say they just don't like how it tastes (i.e., watery). What we do get excited about are artificially flavored, sugar-free water products.

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This concept bike has a built-in filter to clean crappy air

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Artist Matt Hope calls the concept bicycle he's inventing "a weird provocative object" with a "Chinese fighter pilot breathing thingy." We call it a bike that, as the rider pedals, powers a purifier that feeds the rider more breathable air. 

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Taco Bell has invented the waffle taco

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Foodbeast

So Dunkin' Donuts and Jack In the Box both have waffle sandwiches, and lot of fancier places are getting all upscale with the waffle as well. Waffles are kind of the bacon of carbohydrates. And so, it is not terribly surprising that Taco Bell would join in with its own waffle experience, which is a "taco" consisting of an egg and sausage inside a waffle.

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This (theoretical) house is entirely powered by exercise

It's not enough to feel the odd pressure to work out. You should feel it all the time.
It's not enough to feel the occasional pressure to work out. You should feel it all the time.

How would you like it if every single room in your house was an exercise station? You think that would suck? Well, maybe it would create a lot of unpleasant pressure to be working out and make you feel like a big loser all the time, but then again, maybe it would make exercising so convenient that the habit would just fold seamlessly into your life. And then, what if your workout was generating the power you needed to cook, clean, and entertain yourself? Would that be enough to make it a really solid habit? Or just an even more giant pain in the ass?

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