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The Daily Dish: This Company Will Make Dishware From the Remains of Your Loved Ones

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This Company Will Make Dishware From the Remains of Your Loved Ones

The loss of a loved one is indescribable, and each person grieves in his or her own way. Chronicle Cremation Designs allows its customers to “engage on a sensory level with your memories” with personalized objects, from jewelry to centerpiece bowls, made with a deceased person’s ashes. John Crowe, founder of the company, was inspired to start the cremation ceramics business when he experienced a death in his own family. Crowe told Mashable there were also practical reasons to consider cremation ceramics. "Everyone copes with death differently and we are watching our culture's narrow death care conventions become outdated,” he said. “Cemeteries are running out of plots, cremations have increased 25 percent in the last decade, and home funerals are a growing trend.” The company has received praise for its work, as well as criticism; some people question the “religious values, ethics, and respect” of the business.

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Italian Man Breaks His Own World Record With 121 Scoops of Ice Cream on 1 Cone

Last week, Dimitri Panciera landed the Guinness World Record for “Most ice-cream scoops balanced on a cone” with 121 scoops of ice cream on a single cone at the Forno di Zoldo’s annual Gelatimo ice cream festival in Italy. The ice cream challenge required that the cone have a diameter no greater than 9.5 centimeters (3.74 inches), and all scoops must balance and stand for a minimum of 10 seconds, according to the Guinness World Records website. Panciera said he achieved the title by using local ice cream from Val di Zoldo, which uses almost 100-year-old machinery to produce the artisanal frozen dessert.

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This Genius Hacked Her Fridge to Distribute Wine

An English woman has ingeniously thought of a much-needed improvement to the standard fridge water dispenser: Pour wine into it. She came up with the idea after she and her boyfriend bought a refrigerator for their new home. “We ordered the fridge and Joe said it came with a wine cooler section and I said, ‘Or we could put it in the water dispenser.’ It seemed to make perfect sense,” the woman, named Clare, told BuzzFeed. Their simple hack has been shared thousands of times on Twitter, and the rest of the wine-loving universe seems to think it’s pretty cool, too. 

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Former NASA Biologist Creates Glow-in-the-Dark Beer Kit

Science-loving home brewers can take a stab at synthetic biology and genetic design with the recent debut of a glow-in-the-dark beer kit by THE ODIN, a science and genetic engineering company that sells home kits. Josiah Zayner, a former synthetic biologist at NASA, created the company to bring science into people’s everyday lives. “We want to give people the ability to reach into their imagination and bring things into existence using genetic design” he told Gizmodo. The $199 kit allows home brewers to genetically engineer fluorescent yeast by inserting a protein found in jellyfish, the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), according to the company website. When the finished product is exposed to a black light, it emits a neon-green glow.

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The UK’s Gin Industry Is Booming With Increasing Export Demands From US

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Gin has been in high demand all year long in the United Kingdom, with increased sales within the country and increased exports to the United States. Sales for the premium product were up by 19 percent in 2016 in pubs, bars, and restaurants in the U.K., and up by 13 percent in shops, supermarkets, and off licenses, Beverage Daily reported. Three out of four bottles of exported gin come from the U.K., with the highest demand coming from the U.S., Canada, Spain, and Germany. “UK gin brands have benefited from America’s love for hit shows like Downton Abbey and the James Bond franchise: helping to sell £159 million [$200 million] worth of British gin to the U.S. in 2015,” the Wine and Spirit Trade Association told Beverage Daily.