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Sam Van Aken created a tree unlike in any other because it's designed to bear 40 different kinds of fruit. Science Alert says, "Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It's then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree." Continue reading for a video of him explaining this at TED Talks.

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We have seen the future of ice cream, and it's probably going to come in all shapes, thanks to 3D printing. MIT students Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker and David Donghyun Kim have created a prototype 3D printer that can make extremely soft serve ice cream in various shapes. According to the trio, "First, we needed to print into a cooled environment so that the ice cream would hold its shape once printed. We bought a small upright freezer which was large enough to both put the Solidoodle inside and allow for the full build volume we were aiming for." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Sometimes, less really isn't more, and this is especially true with food. For example, half a Jack in the Box cheeseburger is equal to 588-grams, or a plateful, of broccoli. Sure, the former might be tastier, but it definitely isn't healthier. Or, just a fistful of bacon has the same number of calories as an entire avocado. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral image of one of the cleverest resumes you'll ever see, for chocolate lovers anyways.

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Starting July 19 and running through August 31, Pokemon fans will be able to enjoy some tasty dishes at the official Pikachu Cafe as part of the Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu (Pokemon XY : Cocoon of Destruction) exhibit in Roppongi Hills. With prices ranging from $3.93 to $11.60, dishes will include Pikachu beef curry, Pikachu teriyaki burgers, Pikachu curry buns, Pikachu pancakes, Pikachu pudding parfaits, and six different drinks. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of ninja schoolgirls from Japan performing some crazy stunts.

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Photographer William Kass wanted to create a world unlike any other, so he decided to place tiny toy people inside giant edible worlds. In this photo series, "corn cobs are transformed into mountain peaks for climbers to conquer, orange slices are the perfect cool spot to lay out in the sun, and kale leaves curl up into the perfect waves for surfers," says My Modern Met. Continue reading for more.

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Move over Coca-Cola Freestyle, there's a new machine in town, and it's called the Pepsi Spire. They're currently being tested at select US locations (Taco Bell mainly) and will continued to be rolled out through 2014. It is available in three different configurations: "the Spire 1.1 with up to 40 beverage combinations and a 10-inch touchscreen; the Spire 2.0 with up to 500 beverage combinations and a 15-inch touchscreen; and the Spire 5.0 with over 1000 beverage combinations and a 32" touchscreen," according to Brand Eating. Continue reading for a video of it in-action.

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At CES 2014, 3D Systems unveiled a new line of ChefJet 3D printers designed specifically for food items. The countertop ChefJet 3D printer (8x8x6") can only print in one color, while the ChefJet Pro 3D printer (10x14x8") is good for a multitude of colors. You can use them to create chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and even watermelon flavored sugar cubes. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Geeks not only shop at stores, but if they're traveling or are visiting a unique store, a camera (or smartphone) is always in hand. Sometimes, they come across strange people in stores (namely WalMart) or in this case, extremely strange food products names - some may be perfectly normal when translated, but in English mean something entirely different. Starting off, we have some packaged noodles with a name that cannot be explained, at all. Continue reading for more.

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Designer and geek Chris Dimino didn't want to see his Coronamatic typewriter go to waste, so he transformed it into a fully-functional waffle maker. Simply put, he took a few parts, custom fabricated a few and turned this ancient typewriter into a modern day waffle iron. Unfortunately, this design has not been put into mass production. Continue reading for more cool and geeky breakfast gadgets.

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Have you ever come across a wedding cake that looked too cool to eat? If not, here are a few that might fall under that category, starting with this LEGO creation. It features what appears to be a minifig peeling back layers of frosting to reveal the colorful bricks underneath. Other examples include: Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and much more. Continue reading to see them all.

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