The internet has been losing its mind this week: First the mysterious fast food cup. Then the mind-blowing library in China whose millions of books were…fake. And now, McDonald’s graceful Black Friday tweet.
The internet is a wild place, so we’ve corralled five interesting stories so you don’t have to get lost in the vortex.
Fueling up with coffee, literally.
No, using coffee for fuel isn’t a metaphor in this case. London buses may soon be running on a mixture of diesel and a biofuel blend that uses oil extracted from coffee grounds. Shell and a local tech firm are using coffeeshop chains’ waste grounds to extract enough oil to power buses for a up to year once mixed with biofuel. Nothing quite like a good cup of Joe.
Speaking of being less wasteful…
…as usual, there’s an app for that. A new compact device called Buoy and its corresponding app are out to make it easier for homeowners to track and reduce the amount of water they use. The device is especially geared towards detecting small leaks, which the company says is one of the primary and lesser known sources of water waste. The device uses data on waterflow and the app tells users exactly when and where they can be more efficient, because it might not just be about cutting your showers short.
Squirrels for stroke research
Scientists are hoping that studying squirrel brains will provide answers in tpreventing brain damage in stroke patients. That’s because the pesky tree-climbers’ brains experience a stroke-like environment when they hibernate. During their season-long nap, the animals’ blood supplies to the brain are decreased and their brain cells do not receive nutrients. While squirrels emerge healthily from the stroke-like state, humans can emerge with brain damage. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is using this phenomenon to try and develop a drug that would allow the brain to survive without proper blood and nutrients.
Instagram art is modern art
No, this isn’t breaking news. But this man’s exhibit in the MoMA symbolizes a breakthrough for Instagram’s place in the long history of photography. Stephen Shore’s exhibit spans his 40-year career in photography, during which he’s gained fame for elegantly photographing the banalities of everyday popular culture, an art form that ultimately became the foundation of Instagram. Shore’s portfolio is earning him a reputation as the Instagrammer before Instagram, and exhibiting his Instagram photos beside his traditional photos is thrusting an app into the roster of intricate art media.
In case you’ve been craving more insects in your diet, a bakery chain in Finland sure won’t disappoint. The bakery has started selling loaves of bread baked with more than 70 crushed crickets per loaf. At just under 4€, the insects are said to be a better source of protein than your average whole grain bread, and are also high in calcium, iron, vitamin B12, and fatty acids. The chain is aiming to familiarize consumers with insect-based food, and launched the bread just now because it was awaiting the recent lift of a ban on selling insects as food in Finland. Is this a fad or a move towards embracing a practice that has been a part of diets around the world for centuries?