The top ten posts of the week from ashes to ashes, dust to dust
Like many other websites, we got a bit carried away with April Fools this week. They don't let us out much so we had some fun. And sometimes, it's hard to tell the real from the spoof.
10. Conflict-free Fairphone sets the bar high for repairable, responsible electronics© Fairphone
9. Bios Urn uses your ashes to grow a tree© Bios Urn
This post on how to put your ashes to good green use urned the number nine spot.
8. Tesla unveils electric car that can turn into a boat — Tesla Model Ydontworry/CC BY-SA 3.0
7. The Biken Banana Holder is the ultimate must-have cycling accessory© Biken
We posted this on April Fools, but it's a real product! You really can buy a banana carrier!
6. 5 reasons why oatmeal is a breakfast super-foodanasararojas/CC BY 2.0
You were a lucky kid if your parents made you eat porridge for breakfast. No matter how vile those steaming bowls of bland mush may have tasted, porridge made of oats is a nutritional powerhouse with far-reaching benefits.
5. Mesmerizing wet clay drawings created on spinning potter's wheel (Video)Mikhail Sadovnikov /Video screen capture
It's like a Spirograph in clay!
4. Countertop composter claims it can turn food waste into odorless compost in just 3 hours© Food Cycle Science
Derek has doubts about this one. "As a long-time composter, I have to take issue with their claim that the device turns out compost, because in my experience, it just isn't possible to do in only a couple of hours. " It reminds me of Mr. Fusion though, perhaps an early model.
3. Nature Blows My Mind! Timelapse film of 150,000 photos show Slow Life of corals (Video)Daniel Stoupin/Video screen capture
Many of us will never get a chance to see a coral reef up close, and with climate change, deforestation and other human-spurred perils, corals are already in danger of dying off completely. Hoping to bring awareness of the beauty of corals and sponges, University of Queensland PhD student Daniel Stoupin took over 150,000 photos of these amazing marine organisms and transposed them into an entrancing short video that depicts their slow rhythms of life.
2. It's time to tear up the swing sets and let our kids play somewhere like this© Play Free Movie
By losing out on years of critical free-range play, children fail to overcome phobias and suffer more from separation anxiety, which translates to a generation that faces a unique identity crisis – fear of growing up.
1. Please eat the dandelions: 9 edible garden weedsugod/CC BY 3.0
There was some concern expressed in comments about whether it is safe to eat one or two of the weeds, which should be taken under advisement. But as Derek notes, "many of the common garden weeds are not only edible and nutritious, but can be a great homegrown (and free) addition to our meals."