>Plants can purify the air?
New research suggests that potted plants' ability to improve air quality in the home or office is largely overstated and buries a more effective solution to keeping the air clean.
Writing in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, researchers found that natural ventilation of indoor environments dilutes concentrations of potentially harmful air pollutants much faster than a plant is capable of extracting them.
"The best way to have a healthy home is to try to reduce indoor emissions, ventilate well (especially when doing high impact emissions like cooking), and using filtration for certain pollutants (e.g. particulate matter)," said study author Michael Waring of Drexel University.
>Time's Person of the Year
Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019.
This year the 16-year-old has become famous as one of the world's most prominent voices on the topic of climate change, and has drawn attention for her initiative urging young people around the world to strike in support of the issue.
The announcement came as Thunberg was speaking at the COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid, where she urged world leaders to stop using "clever accounting and creative PR" and instead to take the real action on climate change.
The Person of the Year title was first awarded in 1927, and this year US President Donald Trump and the Speaker of the US House of Representative Nancy Pelosi were also among the 10 candidates.
>Unicorn Cafe likes a dream
If you're ever in Bangkok, Thailand, and you're a fan of unicorns, ponies or just colors in general, there's a place you simply must visit - "Unicorn Cafe".
To say Unicorn Cafe is a colorful place would be an understatement.
There's colorful and there's this place where even the food, including a multi-layered cake and spaghetti, come in all shades of the rainbow.
There are plastic chandeliers and plush unicorns hanging from the ceilings, multi-colored couches, and tiny My Little Pony Toys decorating the tables.
Did I mention you can put on a unicorn onesie to really get into a magical mood?
From the rainbow crepes, waffles and cake, to the pastel-colored Galaxy Frappe, everything is brimming with color, and even if it's not, you can bet it comes with an edible unicorn horn stuck on top of it.
>$120K banana artwork eaten
A banana duct-taped to a wall has caused quite the stir at Art Basel Miami Beach.
Entitled "Comedian," the artwork created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan comprises a banana and a single piece of duct tape, and it was offered for $120,000.
Gallery founder Emmanuel Perrotin said the banana is "a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor," adding that the artist turns mundane objects into "vehicles of both delight and critique."
Three buyers bought the limited-edition pieces of the banana art.
But a New York performance artist on Saturday devoured the banana and slipped away before the gallery reported the incident to security.
"He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea," said a spokesperson for the gallery.
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