Top ten lovely to look at posts of the week, from ugly produce to fish eating spiders

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Picking the top ten posts of the week on Saturday isn't fair to the writers who do posts on Friday, these things take time to build. But as of 7:00 Eastern time were they are:

10. Fish-eating spiders are everywhere, including in TreeHugger

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In 2008 your editor took a photo of a spider eating a fish and put it on TreeHugger; a few years later a scientist in Switzerland asked if he could put it in a study. Now my dock spider is famous!
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9. This clever game is like Guitar Hero, but for bird songs

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has created a new tool to help bird-watchers learn bird songs in a visual, as well as auditory, way.
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8. Germany breaks 3 solar power records in 2 weeks

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Despite being quite a grey country, with average solar irradiation levels worse than even the US Northwest and Alaska, Germany is the world's solar power leader. In the past couple of weeks, it just broke another three records.
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7. Elon Musk wants to make "cool-looking" solar panels (survey: do you think the current crop looks good?)

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Do you think solar panels are ugly? They sure don't sit very nicely on a tile roof, but other installations fit right in. Vote in our survey!
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6. World's smallest bike rack lets you mount your bicycle almost anywhere

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As editor I almost pulled this story; we are a family friendly site and there is a word on that pillow that we don't print in English. However we have two french-speaking writers who both say that it is not the same thing in French.
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5. How one grocery store is fighting food waste with ugly produce

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Good marketing, that's how. Low prices and lines like “An ugly carrot is a beautiful soup.”
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4. Underground water reservoir with 3X as much water as Earth's oceans found 700km deep in Earth's crust

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Thirsty? Start digging! That's only 435 miles. You will also have to squeeze it out of some spongy rock.
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3. Free cookbook teaches you how to eat well on $4 a day

© Leanne Brown

It's not a bad sounding diet either. You can pay for a paper copy or download a PDF for free.
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2. Did North Carolina just legalize opossum cruelty for entertainment?!

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So this is what they do for fun in North Carolina, drop opossums on New Years Eve. Then they go bear baiting and cock fighting, right?
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1. 8 alternatives to the Raspberry Pi

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The Pi was designed for education, but a lot of people want more power and features. Here are a pile of alternatives.
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