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Snacking on Cotton

At first when I read the headlines on edible cotton, I was dreaming of bale-fuls of cotton candy, but apparently, the breakthrough isn't that advanced. Instead, the edible here actually refers to the cotton seeds, which are normally high in protein (more than 30%), but also toxic to human systems. Amazingly, scientists at Texas A&M have managed to use a new gene-silencing technique to eliminate the toxins. Currently, for every pound of cotton fiber reaped, farmers end up with 1.6 pounds of seeds; and until now those seeds have just been scattered to cows. The value here is that farmers in poor countries will now be able to utilize that protein-rich food, whether it's for their own sustenance or for additional funds. Read more at the Tech Review.

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Finding Art in Everyday Sights
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Artist Paul Gledhill "draws on" everyday sights for inspiration. See more on Instagram.

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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?
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A hidden-object image features rows of Santas carrying sacks.
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Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

A hidden-object image features rows of Santas carrying sacks with the solution circled in red.

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