Stylish coffeemaker repurposes used grounds to grow fresh mushrooms

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As it turns out, the concept of using spent coffee grounds as a substrate for mushroom farming isn’t new. The used grounds—an abundant resource in university districts, creative urban centers, and in pretty much every American household—are basically the perfect material for growing mushrooms. Coffee grounds from cafés are ideal, because the forced steam of espresso machines sterilizes the grounds, but many a casual mushroom farmer has been successful using home-brewed grounds as well. Related: HOW TO: Grow your own mushrooms from recycled cardboard and coffee grounds So, how does this all-in-one coffeemaker and mushroom planter work? The top of the HIFA unit houses the coffee brewing portion of the device, which is not unlike a French press. Grounds are placed in the carafe, followed by just off-boil water, allowed to steep (many say three minutes is the golden time limit), and then a mesh strainer is plunged down into the carafe to separate the soaked grounds from the divine java. The double-walled carafe can be lifted off the base for pouring, leaving behind the used coffee grounds in a little yellow cup. The coffee aficionado/mushroom farmer then pours the used grounds into the divided lower portion of the unit. Add a little mycelium (think “mushroom roots”), spray periodically with water, and watch and wait for tiny mushroom caps to appear. The cultivation of mushrooms in the HIFA system is very similar to other mushroom-growing kits , which often come preloaded with mycelium. Because the HIFA unit fills the mushroom planter from the bottom up, it could be used as a potentially endless source of edible fungus. When the substrate compartment is full, used grounds could simply be redirected to other destinations, such as a compost pile or outdoor garden beds. + Adrián Pérez Via Yanko Design Images via Adrián Pérez

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Tesla launches cheaper Model X 60D electric SUV

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The Tesla Model X is the best car in its class – but it starts at a steep MSRP of $83,000. That’s set to change, as Tesla just launched a new 60D model at a lower price point of $74,000. The Tesla Model X 60D is $9k cheaper than the 75D, and after federal and state tax incentives the price drops to a much easier to swallow $65,200. $64,500 Of course that lower price comes at a cost, as the Model X 60D has a 75 kWh battery that gives it a driving range of 200 miles, compared to 257 miles in the range-topping Model X 90D. The performance specs have also been lowered – the Model X 60D has 387 lb-ft. of torque compared to 387 lb-ft in the 75D model. Luckily, its horsepower stays the same as the 75D, and the Model X 60D even has the same 0-60 mpg time of 6.0 seconds. Related: Tesla is going to display its electric SUV in Nordstrom With its 200-mile driving range, the Tesla Model X 60D still out-drives any other electric SUV currently on the market. With the introduction of a cheaper Model X and Model S , Tesla should have a few less obstacles in the way of delivering its goal of 50,000 vehicles in the second half of 2016. + Tesla Save

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This mind-blowing pen conducts electricity on paper

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This captivating pen made by Tokyo-based startup AgIC conducts electricity as a person draws lines. Using a silver conductive ink, the magic pen serves as an incredible tool for paper circuit projects. Watch with wonder as the electric marker brings a miniature 3D paper town to life. AgiC’s pen set can be bought on Amazon for about $26.00. + AgIC Via New York Post

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