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Business & Technology

Bike-powered e-waste recycler could keep your electronics from murdering the planet

It's basically a grinder, attached to a bike.

Living

Robots, plants team up to make humans fall flat on their faces

By making plants mobile, you make them the natural enemies of a) humans and b) cats

Food

Important study: People eat fattening foods when they know they’re gonna die anyway

I bet you’ve been going around thinking that death row prisoners choosing their last meals usually make do with a salad and a stick of sugarless gum. Well, science is here to rescue you, poor benighted soul, with a definitive study finding: People prefer final meals with a lot of calories. The researchers analyzed the gustatory choices of 247 prisoners who were executed between 2002 and 2006. They found that the average Death Row meal was 2,750 calories — i.e., an entire day’s worth of food — although they just threw out people whose last meals were under 200 calories …

Baby elephant is as cute as its name is unpronounceable

This new baby elephant is cute as hell, and its name contains a letter that doesn't exist in English or probably any of the other languages you know.

Living

This guy runs the Fight Club of libraries outside his front door

For more than a decade, Hernando Guanlao, of Manila, has run the Fight Club of reading out of his home library. The BBC reports: The idea is simple. Readers can take as many books as they want, for as long as they want — even permanently. As Guanlao says: “The only rule is that there are no rules.” He started with 100 books, which he stuck outside his door with an open invitation to borrow. Now he has more than 2,000 or so books. People certainly must keep one they like or forget to bring them back. But they also …

Climate change T-shirt is (almost) the star of London’s fashion week

Fashion Icon Vivienne Westwood vamps it up DIY style at London's fashion week. Does she care? Or is she just being mad trendy?

Cities

If you are good at running, it can be faster than taking the subway

Still, we are going to vote for keeping the subway.

Russia has secret diamond reserves worth one quadrillion dollars

Russia discovers diamonds, keeps them a secret, then finally tells everyone what great diamonds these are.

This is the most beautiful snow art we’ve ever seen

Simon Beck walks around for days to create his fractal snow patterns, and they are astonishing.

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