Photo: Landfill Harmonic

1. Music to Our Ears
In a Paraguayan slum, the students in the Recycled Orchestra play classical music on instruments made of repurposed trash. Check out the trailer for Landfill Harmonic, the upcoming documentary about the group, on YouTube.

Photo: Jean Pierre Jans

2. Sniff Test
Researchers in the Netherlands trained Cliff, a 2-year-old beagle, to sniff out a common bacteria called C. difficile, which can cause extreme intestinal distress. Cliff's uncanny accuracy means that future doctor visits may involve fewer stethoscopes and more cold, wet noses.

Photo: Christopher Andre

3. New Order
Former McDonald's executive Mike Roberts has traded burgers and fries for Brussels sprouts and kabocha squash with LYFE Kitchen, his new, healthy fast food joint. With two restaurants in California, Roberts is planning up to 250 more across the country.
Game of Thrones

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4. Kings of Cable
HBO's epic Game of Thrones returns March 31. Watch it for the war, sex, betrayal, and mythical creatures—or just tune in for the breathtaking vistas of Northern Ireland, Iceland, Morocco, and the Croatian coast, where the series was filmed.

Photo: Clay MacLachlan

5. (Sugar) High Art
Caitlin Freeman, pastry chef at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's coffee bar, has written a new cookbook, Modern Art Desserts. Check it out next time you need to astonish dinner guests with intricate Mondrian- and Lichtenstein-inspired confections.

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