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The World's Only Vegetarian Shark

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If you've ever wanted to meet the sharks from Finding Nemo that are trying to give up eating fish because "fish are friends, not food," then you'd better book a trip to England to visit Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre. That's because the center is home to the world's first and only vegetarian shark.

Or at least, Florence thinks she's a vegetarian. The shark stopped eating meat after undergoing surgery to remove a fishhook that was lodged deep in her throat. After that, she was found stealing the vegetables meant for her green turtle roommate. Unfortunately, while she might love lettuce, sharks cannot survive on a vegetarian diet, so her keepers have to sneak fish into her heads of lettuce and into carved out cucumbers. Of course, like any good vegetarian, Florence will refuse to eat if she catches on to the ruse.

While no one knows why the shark became a vegetarian, she's safe as long as her caretakers keep sneaking her protein, and her veggie-obsession certainly makes her stand out from her peers.

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How to Make Perfect Fried Chicken, According to Chemistry
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Cooking amazing fried chicken isn’t just art—it’s also chemistry. Learn the science behind the sizzle by watching the American Chemical Society’s latest "Reactions" video below.

Host Kyle Nackers explains the three important chemical processes that occur as your bird browns in the skillet—hydrolysis, oxidation, and polymerization—and he also provides expert-backed cooking hacks to help you whip up the perfect picnic snack.

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Japan Is Getting Sushi Delivery Robots
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Japan, home of robots that feed you tomatoes, check you into your hotel, and act as surrogate children, is about to get a sushi delivery bot.

In August, the Japanese robotics company ZMP and the food delivery service Ride On Express are due to launch CarriRo Delivery, an autonomous sushi delivery robot, according to Fast Company and RocketNews24.

The sushi will come from Ride On Express’s sushi restaurant Gin no Sara and be delivered in the red robot, which looks like a cross between an ice cream cart and one of London’s signature red buses. The CarriRo robot can deliver sushi for up to 60 people and is designed to navigate the city on its own with the help of cameras and sensors.

ZMP has aspirations for the robots outside the culinary sphere. The promotional video shows the robots navigating sidewalks to pick up prescription drugs, household supplies, and more, bringing them to people who order from an app on their phone. It has headlights, so it appears you can order at all hours of the day. The robot can run for up to eight hours at a time and can be controlled remotely.

For now, though, the laws governing autonomous robots roving around public sidewalks aren’t super clear, so the CarriRo’s sushi service is debuting on private land only. That means futuristic sushi parties will be confined to office parks and other areas where it won’t run afoul of the law. (It has a top speed of less than 4 mph, so it can’t exactly run away from the police.)

For select office workers, though, this will bring the convenience of conveyor belt sushi to a whole new level.

[h/t Fast Company]

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