8 of the best fruits and vegetables you can eat in their entirety

January 31, 2019 by  
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In the United States, approximately 40 percent of food is never eaten. Not only does this food waste damage your pocketbook, but it also has a major environmental impact. Changing your food habits is a great way to do your part in the battle against food waste. Shopping smarter, eating leftovers, improving food storage and donating to food banks are great ideas for reducing food waste. There is one obvious move you can make that many people don’t realize — you can stop throwing out parts of your fruits and veggies . Strawberries This fruit is a beloved summer treat that you can eat by itself, or as an addition to salads and desserts. Even though chefs remove the stems and leaves by coring strawberries when they add them to various dishes, those parts are actually edible. A strawberry’s leaves and stem are filled with health benefits . They are a natural digestive aid, and the leaves also have vitamins that can help with arthritis. According to Live Strong, “Strawberry leaves contain tannins, bio-molecules that bind to proteins, amino acids, alkaloids and other compounds with a low pH that may place excess stress on your digestive system. Strawberry leaves may help alleviate an upset stomach, and reduce symptoms of nausea, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea.” If you want to use strawberry leaves, try brewing them in a tea or blending them in a smoothie. Carrots Have you ever thought about eating the leafy green tops of carrots? If you have heard that carrot tops are poisonous, that’s not true. Yes, a carrot’s leafy green top can be bitter, but it is also full of delicious nutrients. You can actually eat carrot tops raw in a salad mix. But because they are bitter, you should probably blanch them first. Another option is to saute the tops with other greens in olive oil and garlic or cook them into a soup. You can do the same thing with other root vegetables like beets, turnips and radishes. Potatoes The skin of a potato is where you will find a lot of the vegetable’s natural nutrition. Both the skin and flesh are filled with micronutrients. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, the skin has just as much Vitamin B, Vitamin C and niacin as the flesh. Additionally, the skins are a major source of iron, potassium and magnesium. Related: Follow this diet for both personal and planetary health Kale You might think that kale stems aren’t nearly as good as the leaves, and you are right. However, with a little work , you can make kale stems — which are full of fiber — quite tasty. Since the stems are tough and chewy, you don’t want to eat them raw. So, first you want to blanch them. Blanching is a process where you scald the kale stems in boiling hot water before plunging it into ice water. Next, saute or stir-fry the stems to make them easier to chew. You could also opt to fry, char or pickle your stems, and then add them to rice, salads or casseroles. Cauliflower This superfood is extremely versatile and loaded with vitamins. The florets aren’t the only edible part of this vegetable . You can also eat the stems and leaves . To be honest, the stem’s skin is quite tough, so peeling and discarding that does make sense. Try adding the stems and leaves to stock and soups, or grate them for salads and slaw. Pumpkin Every part of a pumpkin is edible . That means you can eat the flowers , leaves, stems, seeds and flesh, and each type of pumpkin has its own unique flavor. Related: How to cook a whole pumpkin (seeds, guts and all) Pumpkin flowers have a sweet, earthy flavor and you can eat them straight off the plant if you have them growing in your garden. You can also add pumpkin flowers to salads or chop them up and make them a garnish. You can use pumpkin leaves in recipes that call for spinach or another heavy winter green, and pumpkin seeds are a tasty, nutritious snack when you fry them in oil and add a little salt. Not to mention, the pumpkin flesh can easily be pureed and added to a variety of dishes and drinks. Watermelon Watermelon is 98 percent water and filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients. The pink fruit is delicious, but you can also eat the rind . Some studies show that eating watermelon rind can help lower blood pressure, improve athletic performance and help men avoid prostate cancer and boost their libido. You can pickle your watermelon rind, turn it into a jelly or grate it for coleslaw. Related: The Wally Shop is bringing zero-waste grocery delivery to Brooklyn Swiss Chard Kale gets all the love when it comes to healthy eating , but don’t forget about Swiss Chard.  You might know it as leaf beet, silverbeet, spinach beet, Roman kale or strawberry spinach. No matter what you call it, this superfood is nutrient dense, low in calories and high in essential vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, the best thing is that nothing goes to waste as you can eat the small leaves, stems and all. However, you will probably want to trim the larger ones because they are more fibrous. The texture of Swiss Chard is similar to celery, so you can use it in cooking the same way. Also, when eating it raw, you can use it as a substitute for spinach or kale. Images via Free-Photos , Pezibear , StockSnap , eKokki , ulleo , JACLOU-DL , Vivacia , urbanfoodie33

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The world is close to annihilation according to the iconic Doomsday Clock

January 31, 2019 by  
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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board has announced that the iconic Doomsday Clock is remaining at two minutes to midnight because of the dangers of climate change and the lack of progress on nuclear risks. Midnight on Doomsday is a symbolic point of annihilation and has reached the familiar point it was once in at the peak of the Cold War in 1953. The Science and Security Board made the decision to keep the clock in its current standing with the Board of Sponsors — which includes 14 Nobel Laureates — and have dubbed the situation as “the new abnormal.” In addition to climate change and nuclear risks, another factor in the decision was “the increased use of information warfare.” “It is still two minutes to midnight. Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats — nuclear weapons and climate change  — were exacerbated this past year by the increased use of information warfare to undermine democracy around the world, amplifying risk from these and other threats and putting the future of civilization in extraordinary danger,” read the 2019 Doomsday Clock statement. The statement went on to say that this “new abnormal” is unsustainable and extremely dangerous, but nonetheless, the power to improve the severity of the situation remains in the hands of world leaders. The clock can move away from catastrophe if leaders act under pressure from engaged citizens. Related: Is the Green New Deal the all-inclusive climate plan we need? Rachel Bronson, the president and CEO of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , says that they are describing a frightening reality and the clock is the closest it has ever been to an apocalypse and should be recognized as a stark warning by all leaders and citizens of the world. The 2019 Doomsday Clock statement emphasized #RewindtheDoomsdayClock and recommended multiple action steps be taken. They included U.S. and Russian leaders resolving their differences over the INF treaty, adopting measures to prevent peacetime military incidents on the NATO borders and American citizens demanding climate action from their government . Other recommendations were for countries around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach the temperature goal of the Paris climate agreement and for the Trump administration to revisit their decision to exit the plan for limiting Iran’s nuclear program. Via Bulletin.org Image via Shutterstock

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Extraordinary spray-on coating makes any object almost indestructible

September 16, 2016 by  
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Line-X sells a range of tough, durable coatings meant to help line the beds of trucks to protect the vehicle from rain and other elements. However, as the team from YouTube channel How Ridiculous recently found out, it can also be used to render everyday objects virtually indestructible – including melons, eggs, and even lightbulbs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeCH7czRPz8&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=HowRidiculous In a recent video, the team sprayed a whole watermelon with Line-X and threw it off a 150-foot tower. Rather than smashing into pulp at the bottom, the melon harmlessly bounced off the ground and flew back into the air. (The inside of the watermelon, however, was reduced to mush.) Naturally, this got the amateur scientists thinking about how the spray would affect more fragile objects. Related: Incredible coating makes watermelon bounce after 150-foot drop In their latest video, they put Line-X to the test on both a lightbulb and an egg – and miraculously, after being thrown from an incredible height, neither object shattered on impact. (Of course, that doesn’t mean the contents came out unharmed.) However, the video did uncover one thing Line-X can’t do – apparently the tough coating won’t protect a bowling ball from being dropped on the head of an axe. + Line X + How Ridiculous Via Sploid

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Shelter Pack emergency homes compress to 31-inch-tall slabs for easy transport

September 16, 2016 by  
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Gürsu’s design for the Shelter Pack won the Golden award at the 2016 A’ Design Awards . The emergency shelter measure just 31 inches (80 cm) tall when compressed. When expanded to full size, Shelter Pack includes a bedroom with space for four beds, a bathroom, a fully appointed kitchen, and a dining area complete with its own furniture. Each portable apartment takes just a few hours to assemble. Related: 8 Innovative emergency shelter designs for when disaster hits The intelligence of the design spans far beyond the shelter’s ability to collapse. Water spouts on the roof reduce the risk of leaks and funnel rainwater into a collection tank for later use. A rooftop skylight filters daylight into the living space, reducing the need for artificial lighting. The walls are composed of multiple layers of fire- and waterproof materials, which simultaneously protect the interior from damage while providing heat insulation in case of inclement weather. Overall, each installed Shelter Pack home provides 129 square feet of living space that can sustain residents for months on end. With numbers of refugees on the rise, from both war and climate change, smart solutions like this one will be a necessary addition to disaster relief efforts around the globe. + Designnobis Via Yanko Design Images via Designnobis and Hakan Gürsu

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Incredible coating makes watermelon bounce after 150-foot drop

September 1, 2016 by  
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What happens to a watermelon when it’s sprayed with a protective coating meant for pickup trucks and then dropped 150 feet off a tower ? The Australian trio behind YouTube channel How Ridiculous decided to find out. Here’s what happened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLpsIuhTb8k How Ridiculous coated a watermelon with Line-X . While the spray is commonly used for truck beds, the How Ridiculous amateur scientists decided to get creative with the protective spray and test it on a squishy food we wouldn’t necessarily think of as resilient. In the video, the watermelon sprayed with Line-X not only remained intact, but it even bounced. Related: Liquipel’s Hydrophobic Nanocoating Makes Gadgets Completely Waterproof! Meanwhile, a watermelon dropped without the coating wasn’t so lucky: it exploded, with pieces flying everywhere. Clearly the protective coating succeeded at keeping the outside of the watermelon undamaged, but when the team opened up the coated watermelon later with a saw, inside the fruit had turned to slush. How Ridiculous has run silly science experiments in the past, like trying to catch a fish with an iPhone , and also perform stunts and tricks like making a basketball shot off a 415-foot-tall dam in Tasmania. The team holds Guinness World Records for the “highest basketball shot” off the dam, a tower, and the Euromast. Their stunts and experiments are entertaining but they also have a meaningful purpose: they aim to inspire viewers to battle poverty . Through a relationship with international organization Compassion , they offer fans of the channel the opportunity to sponsor children in developing countries. There’s more to the story with Line-X as well. The company’s coatings aren’t used just for trucks and watermelons, but for buildings like the Pentagon or emergency response vehicles. According to the company’s website , they were the first company to provide “commercially available pure polyurea,” and they created the first “spray-on blast-mitigation coating” tested by the U.S. military. + How Ridiculous Via Sploid

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Cube-Shaped Watermelons Sell for More than $850 in Russia

July 25, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In the US, watermelons are a common sight in front of grocery stores in the summer, and they tend to sell for about 50 cents per pound. But in Moscow, you could drop a good chunk of your paycheck on the fruit. According to reports from Tokyo , cube-shaped watermelons that are grown in Japan are fetching as much as 28,000 rubles ($860 USD) in luxury supermarkets — about 300 times the price of a regular watermelon. Even stranger, buyers aren’t even eating the fruit; according to reports, the square melons aren’t ripe, and people buy the ornamental fruit “just for fun.” Read the rest of Cube-Shaped Watermelons Sell for More than $850 in Russia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: farming , food , Japan , japan square watermelon , japan watermelon , melons , Moscow , russia , square , Square watermelon , watermelon        

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Construction of World’s Tallest Skyscraper Grinds to a Halt Amid Safety Concerns in China

July 25, 2013 by  
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The same company that constructed a 30 story building in just 15 days has ambitious plans to build the world’s tallest prefabricated skyscraper in Changsha, China. Called Sky City Tower, the building is slated to surpass the height of the current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai , by 10 meters – but local Chinese news outlets are reporting that work on the project has been halted because of safety concerns. Read the rest of Construction of World’s Tallest Skyscraper Grinds to a Halt Amid Safety Concerns in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture news , Broad Group , Chinese skyscrapers , Hunan Province skyscraper , prefabricated design , prefabricated skyscrapers , Sky City China , Sky City tower , world’s tallest skyscraper        

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Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery

July 25, 2013 by  
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Researchers at Sol Chip are working on an ambitious project to create the world’s first everlasting solar battery . It is hoped that the battery will be able to recharge even in low-light environments to power just about any mobile electronic device. Sol Chip’s current prototype of the technology combines photovoltaics with microchip technology . So far the battery has been limited to an output of 8.4 volts of power, which is enough to power a limited array of outdoor devices. Read the rest of Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: batteries , green technology , microchip technology , microchips , mobile electronic devices , rechargeable solar battery , renewable energy sources , Sol Chip , Sol Chip solar battery , solar battery , solar battery design , Solar cells , Solar Power , solar technology        

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Nanowire fuel cell produces electricity from biological fluids like blood

October 29, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Nanowire-based fuel cell can generate 5-3 microwatts power using biological fluids. Blood could produce electricity soon.

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Dry grape twigs converted into an enticing lamp

October 29, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Waste material converted into stunning lamp and coat rack. If you thought food leftovers were a waste, think again

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