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Animals

Giant LEGO wildlife is cooler than anything you made as a kid

The theme of the new installation at the Reiman Gardens, a massive public garden at Iowa State University, is “Nature Connects.” That usually means something about the complex interdependency of the ecological network and blah blah hippie stuff, but in this case it means nature literally snaps together out of LEGO bricks. And also blah blah hippie stuff as well.

Climate & Energy

12-year-old whose awesome speech floored 1992 Rio Summit returns to Rio+20 as a mom

At the original Rio summit,12-year-old Severn Suzuki became "the girl who silenced the world for six minutes" by giving a kick-ass speech to the assembled delegates.Twenty years later, her perspective has changed but her message hasn't.

Scary Food

Brace yourself: Burger King is introducing a bacon sundae

I was under the impression that the “put bacon on everything” trend had run its course, but if so, nobody sent Burger King the memo. The chain is reportedly introducing a “bacon sundae” as part of its summer menu. That’s … exactly what you think it is.

Food

Faux-vintage ad shows you where you can shove that celery

I was kind of gutted when I took a second look at this ad and realized it couldn’t possibly be for real (as far as I can tell, it’s from a comic called Devil Chef), but it’s still kind of hilariously disgustingly awesome.

Pollution

Pollution makes carnivorous plants go vegetarian

Acid rain apparently has one benefit: It gives carnivorous plants so much nitrogen that they no longer need to eat meat. A new study has determined that sundews in Swedish bogs are cutting back on their insect consumption, which is good news if you’re an insect or a human concerned about a Little Shop of Horrors scenario. Unfortunately, it’s actually bad news for the sundews.

Solar Power

Solar-powered lasers could save us from asteroids

There are a few key facts to know about Earth being potentially hit by an asteroid, which could happen in about 25 years (so yes, if you’re reading this, you will probably be alive to see it): It’s best to try not being a dinosaur. Bruce Willis will save you. Robert Duvall won’t. And our best hope may be solar-powered lasers.

Animals

Catch of the day: Weird blue lobster!

A fisherman in Nova Scotia named Bobby Stoddard has been catching lobsters for decades. And in early May, he had a catch unlike any he had seen before: a bright blue lobster. Blue lobsters are not cold. Well, they might be cold, since they live in the water in Nova Scotia, but that’s not why they look like that. Instead, they are in possession of a genetic variation that makes them a much more exciting color than normal greenish-brown lobsters. (They still turn orangey red when cooked, though.) One in 2 million or so lobsters is blue.

Living

Google is making a Street View for hiking trails

Lucky Google employees get to hike around all day with a camera and call it work, so that you can know what to expect when you get out on the trail.

Animals

Giant dog adopts baby chimpanzee

A zookeeper brought an abandoned baby chimp home to live with her mastiff and her mastiff puppies, at which point the chimp decided he was a dog. Here's a day in the life of the chimp and his adopted family.

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