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'It's Too Hot': Shanghai Wilts In Record-Setting Heat Wave
Temperatures Wednesday in Shanghai hit an all-time high: 105.4 degrees, according to officials here. Wednesday was the hottest day in 140 years, since the government began keeping records.
The Chinese mega-city is in the midst of its hottest summer ever.
China’s National Meteorological Center says the long-running heat wave is driven by a variety of factors, including climate change as well as Shanghai’s construction density, growing population and shrinking green space.
(Photo: Frank Langfitt/NPR)
The Man Who Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again Is Probably Going to Be a Billionaire Soon
Remember Rob Rhinehart? I’m sure you do because it’s hard to forget about a guy existing solely on vitamin puke. A few months ago we wrote about Soylent, an incredibly nutritious “food replacement” smoothie that Rob, a 24-year-old engineer, had been making and consuming as his only food source for almost five weeks. On one hand, it did look a bit like semen—but on the other, Rob claimed that by drinking it every day he’d never have to eat again. Given that starvation is a fairly major problem in the world at the moment and the planet’s population will likely surpass 9 billion by 2050, Rob’s invention seems like an important one.
Since we last talked to him, Rob and Soylent have become famous. His project has been derided as “dangerous,” “ludicrous,” and “a red flag for a potential eating disorder" by nutrition experts. Fortunately for Rob, the supporters of Soylent have been generous: a crowdfunding project for his fancy health goo raisedalmost $800,000 in under 30 days. Now Rob is the CEO of the Soylent Corporation; his hobby has officially turned into a career. His management team might look like the kind of technically-minded nerds who’d want to consume most of their meals in the form of a beige, odorless powder mix, but they’re also the potential forefathers of a famine cure.
With over $1 million in preorders already received for Soylent worldwide, it seems like this stuff is going to stick around. I caught up with Rob to ask how it’s all going for Soylent—which some are already calling “the future of food.”
VICE: Hey Rob. So, what happened after our interview?
Rob: My inbox exploded. Gmail cut me off after I answered 500 emails in a single day. Achievement unlocked. Since then Soylent has become a company and people are finally rethinking the nature of food. These are exciting times.
How have you dealt with all the media attention?
At first it was very difficult. I’ve always been a private person and it was uncomfortable to put myself out there. However, I decided it’s my job now and I had better get good at it. On the internet everyone talks about you like you’re not in the room.
Patio-House In Gracia, Barcelona, Spain | Carles Enrich
The conversion of an old dry-cleaning shop between party walls in the Gracia district court into a home-studio for a young family is a fantastic opportunity to rethink the use of an unused place and optimize the conditions.
This Is the Most Detailed Image of the Universe Ever Captured
NASA has just published the most detailed view of the Universe ever taken. It’s called the Extreme Deep Field—or XDF for short. It took ten years of Hubble Space Telescope photographs to make it and it shows some the oldest galaxies ever observed by humans, going 13.2 billion years back in time.
It’s a mindblowing, extremely humbling view. Not only for what it shows, but for what it doesn’t show. While this image contains about 5,500 galaxies, it only displays a tiny part of the sky, a ridiculously small slice of the Universe.