Coca-Cola's REV (Recycling Education Vehicle) made a stop at the "American Idol" set last week, where the contestants and some audience members learned how plastic bottles can be recycled and turned into thread to make clothing and other items or be turned into more Coke bottles. The company's three REVs, which are equipped with video screens, interactive displays and games designed to educate about the benefits of recycling, travel more than 120,00 miles a year visiting over 200 events and venues across North America.


Environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has turned his attention toward greening junk food by endorsing UNREAL Candy, which makes healthier versions of sweet treats like Snickers, M&Ms, Milky Way and Reese's with fair trade cacao beans and free-range, hormone-free and antibiotic-free dairy products. The Boston-based company is dedicated to supporting farming communities, and preventing the destruction of rain forests.

"By working together to better understand the health of both people and the environment, we can produce healthier food that will benefit large populations of people while minimizing our impact on the planet," says DiCaprio. Other UNREAL fans include Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, John Legend and Jillian Michaels.


Tune in: PBS' "NOVA" travels time to explore earth's history from the perspective of one continent in "Australia's First 4 Billion Years," a four-part miniseries debuting April 10. Hosted by scientist Richard Smith, the series begins with "Awakening" and proceeds with "Life Explodes," and "Monsters," concluding with "Strange Creatures," explaining what gave rise to the wildlife unique to the continent.

The special "Mammoth: Back From the Dead," premiering on Nat Geo April 12, follows a team of scientists as they search for mammoth tissue and use the DNA and to attempt to resurrect one of the creatures. Says project leader Insung Hwang, "I think cloning a mammoth is a crazy idea in a way that is ridiculously ambitious. But we believe that in the future, cloning can really become an instrumental tool in saving endangered animals."

On Nat Geo Wild, "World's Weirdest" premieres April 10 and showcases bizarre stories including a three-eyed buffalo and an exterminator who eats his day's work.

Photo: National Geographic Channel

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