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Business & Technology

The Gates Foundation just bought 50 gallons of fake poo

Bill Gates is into scat. His foundation is hard at work on a new space-age toilet, and to test the prototypes, it just bought 50 gallons of soybean-based fake feces from a soybean-based fake feces …

Cities

This miniature city is made of 100,000 staples

This is significantly more creative than we've ever gotten with office supplies.

Sperm whales sleep standing up

Sperm whales spend most of their time sailing lazily through the deep, only occasionally stopping to have a terrifying penis. (The ones in the video are right whales, but I assume the sperm whale is …

Cities

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James use public transit at the Olympics

If the American men's Olympic basketball team can use public transportation, so can everybody else.

Living

This couple moved all their worldly possessions using only bikes

Moving is stressful, and most of us deal with it by renting a ginormo truck, dumping our stuff in it (or bribing our buddies to dump our stuff in it), and hoping that nothing in …

Q&A with ‘Mohawk Guy’ Bobak Ferdowsi, the new face of science

I love the fact that NASA’s dishy mohawked flight director Bobak Ferdowsi is now basically a household name, putting a human (and handsome) face on the Curiosity mission and space exploration in general. If we’re …

Cities

São Paulo has been invaded by giant brains

Apparently São Paulo, Brazil still has public phone booths — or at least it did. Now, thanks to the Call Parade public art project, it has giant brains, disco balls, can-can dancers, and miniature cities. …

New NASA time-lapse video makes Earth look almost as cool as Mars

Mars is the star of the news cycle right now, but this new time-lapse video of Earth from the International Space Station kind of gives the Red Planet a run for its money.

For this cat, learning to surf is a survival skill

I’m really hoping this is a glimpse of evolution in action — like, over thousands of years, the cats that know how to work surfboards will be more likely to survive dog attacks and live …