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Food Life Hack Ice Cream

We're almost to the dog days of summer, and there's no better time than now to whip up some ice cream sandwiches at home. Foodies who've been looking for an easier way to make them should pick up a few pints of their favorite flavor and some hand-sized cookies. Simply soften the pint enough, slice it with the packaging still on, place the slice between cookies, remove the paper, and you're ready to eat. Continue reading for more food hacks geeks would love.

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SpreadThat Body Heat Butter Knife

The SpreadThat Knife slice right through any stick of butter easily, while using absolutely no electricity, thanks to an efficient heat conducting technology that utilizes body heat. The heating element is activated after you hold it for just 20-seconds. The knife itself is made from non-toxic, food-safe titanium coating that was built to last. Get one here now. Continue reading for a detailed video overview and more information.

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Dual Sandwich Maker

Hamilton Beach's Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker is great for those who don't have lots of time to prepare a morning meal, and it can be picked up for $39 shipped, today only. Simply place the ingredients inside, build the base of your sandwich in the bottom layer, place the egg on the cooking plate and close the lid. Slide the cooking plate out and your sandwich assembles itself. Product page. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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Hybrid Fruit Tree 40 Fruits

Thanks to chip grafting, artist Sam Van Aken was able to grow the incredible "Tree of 40 Fruit," a hybrid tree that can harvest over 40 varieties of stone fruits in various colors. Van Aken used this process in order to preserve a number of valuable stone fruit varieties that have been marketed out of existence. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Rapid Hammock

Photo credit: Coffeetopia

Ghidaq al-Nizar, an artist from Indonesia, started out as a latte artist, but now he's taken coffee to the next level. Simply put, Nizar takes coffee straight from the cup / plate and creates works of art on unconventional canvas, like a leaf. Nizar said: "I love intimacy. I feel it with coffee and It's fun to have fun with something you love. So I can't find any better medium to celebrate my feelings. Artists have to feel when they do something, and I think it applies for everyone. I have tried to paint using other media but [I didn't have any feelings for them]. If you can't feel it, you will leave it." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Fried Bacon Seaweed

Bacon lovers rejoice! Researchers at Oregon State University have created a new type of seaweed that tastes just like fried bacon. Not even kidding. The strain is based on a type of dulse - a common sea vegetable popular in Asian cooking for its high protein content. This red marine algae is not only fast-growing, but super nutritious as well, packed with up to 16% protein by dry weight as well as being an excellent source of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Continue reading for another picture of the seaweed and more information.

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Spilled Coffee Art

Photo credit: Benulia / Instagram

Giulia Bernardelli, a 27-year-old artist from Bologna, Italy, takes spilled coffee and turns the liquid into art masterpieces. She received a bachelor's degree from the Academic of Fine Arts of Bologna, and is currently a museum guide for children. Bernadelli said: "I decided to replace the brush by what nature has to offer, such as leaves, fruit peels, or just the food. I never plan my work in advance...For example, when I drink coffee, I reflect on the nuances that I could create if I turned it over on the table." Continue reading for more.

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Ice Cream Hack

Summer is finally here, and for food geeks who love ice cream, these nifty life hacks will definitely come in handy. Starting off, the image above shows the best way to split a pint, or cutting one down the middle with a butcher's knife and using half as your personal bowl. Others include: making the perfect ice cream sandwich, making rock hard ice cream easier to scoop and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Walking Radish

Humans tend to see things in random objects, like clouds, or fruits and vegetables in this case. Pareidolia is the official term, and it's the psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) which is perceived as significant. It's the audiovisual form of apophenia, which is the perception of patterns within random data. Combined with apophenia and hierophany (manifestation of the sacred), pareidolia may have helped ancient societies organize chaos and make the world intelligible. Continue reading for more.

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LiquiGlide

Developed by MIT Researchers, LiquiGlide is basically a "super slippery" coating made up of nontoxic materials that can be applied to all sorts of food packaging. MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith says LiquiGlide is a unique surface because it's "kind of a structured liquid - it's rigid like a solid, but it's lubricated like a liquid." The coating works with many types of packaging- glass, plastic - and can be applied in any number of ways, including spraying the coating onto the inside of bottles. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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