When it comes to culture, we’re interested in lots of it… music, art, sport, and most of all, food. Here’s what we’re into this week:


1. Why New Yorkers Are Going Crazy for This New Ice Cream Museum | Fortune

Who else remembers how the best part of Candy Land was always getting to the ice cream castle at the end? A structure reliant on pillars of soft serve? Yep, that’s what dreams are made of. Also pretty dreamy? The Ice Cream Museum in NYC. The limited-run exhibition is a veritable overload of all things colorful, frozen, and sweet.

2. 10 Clever Student Inventions That Could Reduce Our Waste | Fast Company

A robot that makes recycling more efficient. Home insulation made from used bags of chips. Water-soluble six-pack rings. These might seem like state-of-the-art sustainability innovations. And they are. But they also just so happen to have been invented not by engineers and PhD-equipped university professors; these incredible creations were created by middle schoolers. The FIRST® LEGO® League is capturing the brainpower of some of the country’s most talented teenagers.

3. How Syrian Bakers Are Making Bread Against All Odds | VICE

Faced with incessant threat of attack, a rampant flour shortage, and high standards that have them rejecting lesser-quality products, Syrian bakers are overcoming the odds in the name of good bread. This Munchies-reported story is a fascinating look at adversity in a war-torn region, and a people who are persisting in the name of a staple item in their diets.

4. Costa Rica Is On A 113-Day Streak Using 100% Renewable Electricity | Fast Company

Costa Rica has a goal: to become carbon neutral within the next five years. And the infrastructure they’ve built and the benefits of their specific geographic setting have the country’s people well on their way already. So just how does a 113-day streak measure up agains the rest of the world? Germany has pulled off a day or two, and Portugal has managed four days straight — but larger, affluent countries like the US have a long way to go.

5. Inside The Real-Life Time-Travel Experiment that Inspired ‘Stranger Things’ | Thrillist

The Netflix phenomenon, Stranger Things, takes its audience into another dimension known as ‘the upside down.’ This alternative reality mirrors the real world but is plagued with a monster known as the Demogorgon. What’s even creepier than this decaying underworld is the notion that it’s based on a true story. This article explores the real-life chronicles that inspired the setting for the sci-fi thriller series.