Building an Army of Oysters Around NYC To Mitigate Floods + Erosion

Before commercial harvesting, oyster reefs used to compose more than 220,000 acres of New York’s coastline, acting as a natural flood-mitigation system in addition to increasing marine biodiversity. With these reefs’ destruction, New York is dangerously vulnerable to natural disasters—a threat that (as Hurricane Ida recently showed) is only growing. To protect the city, Billion Oyster Project founded by Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An animated gay love story, ice cream that doesn't melt, oyster vending machines and more in our look at the web

1. Non-Melting Ice Cream At the Biotherapy Development Research Center in Kanazawa, an accidental discovery has resulted in the invention of non-melting ice cream. The ingredient is a polyphenol liquid, extracted from strawberries, that “make[s] it difficult for water and oil to separate”—meaning, in this instance, that a popsicle keeps its shape. Kanazawa Ice first became available earlier this year, and now can be bought …

France Now Has Oyster Vending Machines

The French have once again invented something irrefutably French: a 24-hour oyster vending machine. Of course the machines are refrigerated, and they also have glass walls so consumers can choose which oysters they want. One farmer, Tony Berthelot (who has a machine on Ile de Re island, off France’s western coast) says the idea was born from “losing lots of sales when we are closed,” …