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Meat Alternative Air Protein
Air Protein, developed by a Bay Area startup, uses NASA technology to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into protein, similar to plants. During the 1960’s, the U.S. space agency devised a way to use CO2 as food during their extended missions, and in their research, scientists discovered a class of microbes called hydrogenotrophs capable of converting carbon dioxide into protein. The resulting powder could be used to create pastas, shakes, and now, a meat alternative. Read more for another picture and additional information.

Soda Can Bottom Ocean
Ever wonder what would happen if you opened a soda that has been shaken a little too much at the bottom of the ocean? Well, Commander Chris Hadfield, a former Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space, shows you just that and explains the phenomenon. Put simply, carbonated drinks, like seltzer or soda pop, get their fizz from dissolved carbon dioxide. When these are opened, the liquid is exposed to pressure imbalance (i.e. pressure outside is lower than the pressure inside). If the can or bottle is shaken before opening, it will increase the pressure inside, which means the top is popped, an explosion ensues. Read more for the video he recorded a few years back and additional information.

Wendy's Fest of Legends
No, this isn’t a joke, but rather a real tabletop role-playing game by fast food chain Wendy’s. It’s called “Feast of Legends” and was inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. In this game, players create characters with five stats (Strength, Intelligence, Charm, Arcana, and Grace) and selet one of twelve orders, each based on various Wendy’s Menu items, like Beefy Order of the Baconator, Order of the Chicken Nuggets and Order of the Frosty. Read more for a video and the download link for the game.

DOOM Bone Vodka
Gamers already know that DOOM is considered to be one of the first FPS games with 3D graphics, third-dimension spatiality, networked multiplayer gameplay, and support for player-created modifications. Since its release on December 10, 1993, over 10-million copies of DOOM games have been sold, thus spawning numerous sequels, expansion packs, two films, and now, officially licensed Bone Vodka. Read more for another picture an additional information.

Cook Pizza 5000W LED Lights
Sure, using a wood-fired oven, microwave, or even a gas grill might be the easiest way to cook a pizza, but what if you were to stick a pie under 5000W LED lights? That’s exactly what “Beyond the Press” wanted to try with their latest experiment. That’s right, they decided to use extremely powerful water-cooled LED lights that output around 2000 watts of pure visible light. Read more for the video and additional information.

Nissin All-In Healthy Ramen
Japan’s Nissin, most famous for their instant ramen, has come up with a new product that aims to make their noodles much healthier. It’s called “All-In Noodles,” and they basically coat the noodles with nutrient-rich cores to infuse them with 13 vitamins, 13 minerals, a nice helping of protein, as well as dietary fiber. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Atomik Vodka Chernobyl
No, this isn’t an early April Fools’ Day joke, but a real thing you can actually buy. It’s called Atomik Vodka, and was created by an international team of scientists studying the exclusion zone around Chernobyl. This alcoholic spirit is made with grains and water grown in the area around the abandoned nuclear power plant. The grains are grown on a farm located withing the zone, and apparently, the distillation process removes all impurities so the resulting liquid contains the same radioactive compound as any other spirits drink – natural Carbon-14. Read more for two videos and additional information.

W Hotel Washington Mukbang Vlogger
Photo credit: The Verge
If you’re constantly on YouTube, then the term mukbang might sound familiar, and for those who don’t know, it’s dreived from muk-ja for “eating” and bang-song for “broadcast” in Korean. It’s either a live-streamed eating show or a pre-recorded one where the host binge-eats on massive quantities of food. W Hotel in Washington, DC is now offering a $285 Sip and Slurp room service package just for that purpose, complete with a microphone and phone stand. Read more for a video and additional information.

London AI Bar Facial Recognition
A.I. Bar has opened in London, and it’s powered by DataSparQ’s new software which uses facial recognition to place people in a digital queue to make ordering a breeze. How is this useful? For starters, it gets rid of those who cut in line, thanks to the AI-powered facial recognition system that automatically determines which customer should be served next. This software-as-a-service would only cost bar owners about $240 a month and connects to a simple webcam, touchscreen display and an internet connection. Read more for a video and additional information.

Airbnb Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
Always wanted to stay in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile? If so, then you’re in luck, as it’s now available to rent in Chicago through Airbnb, but only for a limited time, or to be more specific, during the annual Lollapalooza music festival (August 1-4). The booking page will go live on July 24th and be priced at $136-per-night for two-person occupancy. Inside, you’ll get a one-bed, one-bath, a mini-fridge “stocked with Oscar Mayer hot dogs and all the Chicago-style hot dog essentials” and even an Oscar Mayer brand grill that guests can take home with them. Read more for the news report, additional pictures and information.