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Sustainable Food

Twitter founders are investing in vegan meat

Twitter cofounders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have some proven expertise in determining the next big thing. So it's notable that they're investing in a vegan meat company called Beyond Meat, whose products are said to be the most freakily convincing fake meat yet.

Green Home

Tile your home with recycled money

Pennies are so useless as legal tender that there's genuine debate about whether we should even keep them around. You could dump them in the Coinstar machine ... or you could use them to make an awesome, cost-effective copper flooring.

Transportation

2,500-mph train could get you from New York to London in an hour

Nature abhors a vacuum, but transit nerds and people eager to see a science fiction future LOVE IT. That’s because a vacuum is the secret ingredient for this (theoretical, but plausible) superfast train, which could speed under the ocean to get you from New York to London in one hour, or New York to Beijing in two.

Food

Americans spend twice as much of our budgets on processed food as we did 30 years ago

As a proportion of our income, Americans spend a lot less money on groceries than we used to. But we’re buying crappier food — a greater proportion of our grocery spending goes to processed foods and sweets. NPR whipped up a handy chart to show how much this has changed in the past 30 years: The other big change is that we’re spending less on meat. Pork chops, chicken legs, steak, ground beef, bacon — it’s all cheaper (and NPR has another handy graph to illustrate that point). We’re spending about the same on vegetables, though some of those have …

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.

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