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At $1200, The Golden Phoenix, which is on sale in Dubai's Bloomsbury's Cupcakes store, is not only the world's most expensive cupcake, but it's made from the finest chocolate and wrapped in edible gold. It features 23-carats of edible gold sheets, Doves organic flour from the United Kingdom, Rachel's organic butter, Premium Amedei Porcelena cocoa from Italy, and gold Ugandan high-quality vanilla beans. Continue reading for a look inside the Dubai Mall and more information about the cupcake.

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Ever wonder what food, particularly a McDonalds cheeseburger, looks like when dipped in pure hydrochloric acid? The University of Nottingham's Periodic Table of Videos has just the clip for you. According to one of the researchers, "As you're watching me, churning away in your stomach is acid which is one of the first stages in which food is broken down into usable components to give you energy or to make you fat." Continue reading for another McDonalds test that you've probably seen at least once before on Netflix or even the big screen.

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With the right camera, lighting, and perfect staging (using fillers to replace actual ingredients), just about any fast food item can look amazing. Unfortunately, the actual products are quite disappointing to say the least. For example, the KFC Big Boss looks like a Big Mac meets fried chicken, but as you can see, the actual product looks nothing like the advertisement. Continue reading for more.

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Josh Renouf, a designer from the UK, has invented an alarm clock specially for coffee lovers. It's called the "Barisieur", and this invention automatically brew a cup of coffee right before the alarm goes off, ensuring that a fresh cup is ready right when you open your eyes. Unfortunately, it's just a one-off design right now, but with enough fanfare, we could see this in stores sooner than later. Continue reading for more pictures and additional information.

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You've probably seen color-changing mugs before, but now physicist Manuel Linares from Spain has created an ice cream version. Called Xameleon, this ice cream changes colors as it melts and contains such ingredients as strawberries, cocoa, almonds, banana, pistachio, vanilla and caramel. When a reporter asked what's the secret ingredient, this is what Linares said: "I am not giving out too much detail because the patents are still going through." Continue reading to see what Xameleon looks like when frozen.

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While the Ivory Coast is touted as the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans used in the manufacturing of chocolate, many of the cocoa farmers have never tasted the fruits of their labor. This is due to the fact that they are paid very little (€7 per day split between many people) and a chocolate bar costs approximately €2. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of

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Rather than give coins back, Turkish company Pugedon's new machine in Istanbul gives food and water for the city's stray dogs when plastic bottles are recycled. After a bottle is deposited up top, food is released at the bottom, and the Pugedon Smart Recycling Boxes operate at no charge to the city, with recycled bottles covering the cost of the food. For those who can't see the video above, continue reading for an animated image showing exactly how this machine works.

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If seeing yourself in the mirror every morning isn't enough, the Selfie Toaster should do the trick. Created by the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, this weird toaster allows customers to burn impressions of their photos to create personalized toast. After uploading your selfie, transfers them into their CAD program for use with the CNC plasma cutter. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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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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