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Mushroom-Powered Batteries And Plastic-Eating Worms May Help Solve Our Waste Problem

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Discarded plastics and batteries pose substantial problems to the environment, but this week researchers have revealed two potential — if not surprising — tools we can use to reduce both their incidence and effects: mealworms and mushrooms.

Really, hear us out. This week, researchers at University of California, Riverside, Stanford University and Beihang University in China announced that the fungi and pests can be used to make better performing batteries and digest plastic, respectively.

Plastic-Eating Mealworms Might Help “Solve The Global Plastic Pollution Problem”

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Photo Of The Day: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels’ Portrait Of Hate

Joseph Goebbels Portrait

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In September 1933, LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to document a League of Nations conference, where Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was present. There, Eisenstaedt–a German-born Jew–captured one of the most intimate, chilling portraits of any high-ranking Nazi.

Eisenstaedt had already snapped a few “personable” shots before Goebbels learned he was Jewish. This photograph reveals the sudden shift in Goebbels’ demeanor.

Years later, in Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt: A Self-Portrait, the then-87-year-old photographer spoke on this day in detail:

“I found him sitting alone at a folding table on the lawn of the hotel. I photographed him from a distance without him being aware of it. As documentary reportage, the picture may have some value: it suggests his aloofness. Later I found him at the same table surrounded by aides and bodyguards. Goebbels seemed so small, while his bodyguards were huge. I walked up close and photographed Goebbels. It was horrible. He looked up at me with an expression full of hate. The result, however, was a much stronger photograph. There is no substitute for close personal contact and involvement with a subject, no matter how unpleasant it may be… He looked at me with hateful eyes and waited for me to wither. But I didn’t wither. If I have a camera in my hand, I don’t know fear.”


For more stunning Nazi-era photography, check out the shocking photo of Adolf Hitler that he tried to ban.

5 Survival Guides We Hope You’ll Never Need

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We hope this never happens with you in it. But if it does, we want you to know how to get out. Image Source:

Whether you’re a closet doomsday planner or a disaster film addict, knowing what to do in the worst-case scenario should be at the top of your reading list. Why? Well, you never know when you might find yourself in a serious pickle, and sometimes the only thing between you and death is what you know — only the savvy survive!

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Rare USSR Shuttle Prototypes Found In Russian Hangar

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Source: Ralph Mirebs

When photographer Ralph Mirebs happened upon an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, he did not expect to find the remains of two shuttle prototypes within its walls. These prototypes, Buran orbiters, were the Soviet response to NASA’s shuttles. A third orbiter – 1K1 – actually made it into orbit in 1988, but was destroyed when the hangar housing it collapsed in 2002.

These relics provide us with more insights into the Buran program, which got its start in 1974 and ended in 1993. The smaller of the two shuttles shown in the derelict hangar – nicknamed Ptichka, or “little bird” – would have docked at the Mir Space station if the Soviet Union hadn’t dissolved in 1993. The second vessel was a full-scale, static model for testing purposes.

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