The top ten posts of the week, or a roundup of roundups
As we count down the days to the end of the year, our looks back prove popular. However coming in 10th spot is something that might be nice under the Christmas tree.
10: Innovative Philips SlimStyle LED bulb loses heatsink, gains unique flat style© Philips
It's all about design. Most LED bulbs have a big expensive metal heat sink or some other technology to keep those sensitive LEDs cool. Philips just goes and drops an iron onto the thing and flattens it out, increasing the surface area to keep it cool. This may make it cheap enough to break through to all those who say LED bulbs are too expensive.
9: With 'furoshiki,' you won't need wrapping paper this holiday season.© Kyoto Foodie
It's a wrap, "a traditional Japanese cloth-folding technique that allows you to wrap objects of various shapes and sizes in a single piece of cloth."
8: Supermarkets create the illusion of choice© Food & Water Watch
It's all a trick; you think you have a lot of choice in the store, but the same company can be offering you the same things in different packages. Your favorite little brands could be owned by the big guys. "for example, Kellogg’s owns Kashi and Bear Naked brands, even though packaging and websites make them seem independent."
7: Hypnotically beautiful real-time wind map of Earth created by supercomputersEarth wind map/Screen capture
What can I say other than look at the pictures.
6: 10 most loved vegetarian and vegan recipes of 2013© Jaymi Heimbuch "These are the 10 most popular recipes from The Cooking Project this year, and I have to say, you all sure love your avocados!"
5: Study says Xbox One and PlayStation 4 use three times more energy than predecessorswizzer2801/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Really. "Video game consoles in the United States are projected to use more electricity annually than all the households in Houston, America’s fourth-largest city."
4: Honey, there's a bobcat stuck in the window...© Jim Noiles
And you probably thought the only stories coming out of Canada were about crack-smoking mayors and evil pipelines, but the northern nation also has cute baby bobcats stuck in venetian blinds.
3: 15 Best Photos of the Day of 2013© Jaymi Heimbuch
Editor Jaymi's real passion is photography, particularly of animals, and half of the photos in this slideshow are hers. They are absolutely stunning.
2: Why are Japanese houses so weird?© Eiji Tomita via archdaily
People were really offended by the title of this post; the first commenter thought I was a xenophobe and wrote "You've just summed up everything that's wrong with America." But in fact, they think completely differently about houses than North Americans do, and are often open to more experimentation because they are not thinking of resale value.
1: Nature Blows My Mind! Seahorses are one of the deadliest creatures in the sea. Yes, seahorses.© Jaymi Heimbuch
"It's not sharks. It's not barracuda. It's not bluefin tuna. No, one of the deadliest creatures in the sea is not a species we even think of as a predator at all. It is the seahorse."