Links We Love: Goat CrossFit, Roadkill As Medicine, Tie Dyed Roses And More

What Organic Life editors are reading, watching, and laughing about this week.

April 7, 2017
Goat CrossFit, Roadkill Medicine, and more links Rodale's Organic Life editors loved this week.
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Welcome to Links We Love, a weekly guide to the stories, videos, and other online miscellany that inspired us, informed us—or just made us smile—this week.  We hope you enjoy these as much as we did! —The Editors of Rodale’s Organic Life

Turning Ocean Trash Into Fuel

A machine that converts ocean trash into diesel fuel…how freaking cool is that?! I love the notion that all that plastic ending up in our oceans (billions of pounds of it a year) could potentially be converted to fuel. Sailor James Holm and organic chemist Swaminathan Ramesh, Ph.D., have created a prototype mobile reactor to convert plastic waste polluting the ocean into a valuable commodity instead. Check it out—the article is free to read at the International Business Times. Melanie Hansche


Meet The Woman Who Does CrossFit...With Goats

You’ve heard about the trend of doing yoga with goats  (which is adorable), but have you heard of goat CrossFit?!? Yes, I said goat CrossFit. This week, DaNelle Wolford, urban farmer, blogger, and self-described “weird goat lady,” posted a video of herself (and her various goats…and even a chicken) performing this belly-laugh inducing feat of strength. Watch it and try not to smile—and share it with your fitness-loving friends. But maybe don’t try it at home. —Stephanie Eckelkamp

Today's Roadkill—Tomorrow's Medicine?

When Diane Shipley reported last week for Organic Life that doctors were turning to medieval herbal remedies for the next generation of antibiotics, I thought that was pretty far-out. Turns out thousand-year-old cures aren’t the only unusual avenue for new medicines. Eric Spitznagel reports for Vice Tonic that researchers are swabbing roadkill in search of the drugs of the future. Check the story out—it’s a fascinating read. —Karen Shimizu

How To Tie Dye A Rose

I saw this short video clip on a friend’s Facebook timeline earlier this week. After watching it about 75 times, it has me wondering if I can attempt this with natural food coloring.  And what happens if I start with a yellow rose? And can I do this with other kinds of flowers, or is it truly a rose thing? And how many rose bushes do I need to grow to satisfy my endless curiosity? —David Oblas


Would You Try Recipes Created By A Robot?

Do you sometimes find yourself cooking the same thing, week in and week out? One of my writer friends (who formerly had what one news outlet called “the hardest job in Boston”) turned me onto a really, really unusual solution: scientist Janelle Shane's new robot cookbook. Shane invented a neural network which snags phrases from cookbooks to come up with absurd (though sometimes accidentally excellent recipes) like "Artichoke Gelatin Dogs". So far, it's inspired illustrations, poems, and even cocktails. They may not be organic, but our new robot kitchen overlords are definitely creative. —Gina Tomaine