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Fungus-grown Hair Ice proves Mother Nature as weird as ever

Fungus-grown Hair Ice proves Mother Nature as weird as ever

Get your combs out, because new Swiss research is unraveling the mysteries of what they call "Hair Ice." This beautiful natural phenomenon grows on the branches of certain types of rotten trees only under some rather specific circumstances, and only in a few places on our planet. Today's study is only the latest in a line of studies of Hair Ice, the first having taken place back in 1918 by Alfred Wegener, discoverer of palaeomagnetism and originator of the theory of continental drift.

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Apple Watch sales broken down by shipments, units, and revenue

Apple Watch sales broken down by shipments, units, and revenue

Today we're breaking down all the information available to us on sales of the Apple Watch in the first quarter it's been on the market. While we can pinpoint the exact in-store date and pre-order dates for the device, these dates are irrelevant. Apple and Strategy Analytics have already given us all the information we need to get a basic assessment of the number of units sold as well as a basic outline of how much revenue Apple likely makes per Apple Watch sold.

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ESO’s ALMA detects gas clouds that helped form first galaxies

ESO’s ALMA detects gas clouds that helped form first galaxies

The European Southern Observatory’s Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, more commonly referred to as ALMA, has detected the most distant gas clouds that form stars thus far discovered in the early universe. That makes this a particularly notable observation, and will allow researchers to further understand how the very first galaxies were formed and how they cleared away hydrogen gas fog during a period known as “reionization”. Until this point, such observations were described as being simply "faint blobs".

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New Horizons snaps Pluto’s moons Nix and Hydra

New Horizons snaps Pluto’s moons Nix and Hydra

The NASA New Horizons spacecraft has made history by sending us back images of Pluto and its moons that are the highest resolution humans have ever laid eyes on. While the images of Pluto itself were sharp and clear allowing us to see the surface of the dwarf planet in detail, the images of its moons are not so clear. The shot here is an image of Pluto's moon Nix on the left and Hydra on the right.

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Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Carbon dating may suffer drastically if pollution levels continue to rise, and the reason revolves around fossil fuel emissions. According to a recent study by Imperial College London atmospheric scientist Heather Graven, emissions could drastically “age” the atmosphere over the coming decades and make accurate carbon dating more difficult. It has been known that such emissions have a "dilution" effect, but this recent study shows how drastically.

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2015 isn’t over yet, but it’s already breaking heat records

2015 isn’t over yet, but it’s already breaking heat records

Last year was, at the start of 2015, the hottest year on record. We're only half way through this year, however, and it is already breaking heat records. If it keeps this up, 2015 will overtake 2014 as the hottest year on record, a song we're likely to hear more often as climate change continues to worsen. The information comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and the Japan Meteorological Agency, among others. All of them have pointed toward June having been record-smashing hot.

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Elon Musk explains first SpaceX failure in 7 years

Elon Musk explains first SpaceX failure in 7 years

Today SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk spoke about the Falcon 9 CRS-7 launch failure that occurred earlier this year. This event occurred on June 28th of 2015 en-route to the International Space Station. At liftoff this flight was nominal, with no signs of possible malfunction apparent. Shortly before first stage shutdown, the flight failed. Today Musk addressed the issues that they believe may have been the cause of this failed mission. There is still no one 100% certain found cause for this mishap.

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Stephen Hawking, Yuri Milner unveil mission to find aliens

Stephen Hawking, Yuri Milner unveil mission to find aliens

We’ve been hunting for signs of life elsewhere in the universe for quite a while, but as far as most of us know there has been no discovery of intelligent life beyond our own planet. That could, if we’re fortunate enough, end some time in the next decade thanks to a new 10-year mission with a $100 million backing. The search will be broken down into two initiatives, with the first having been announced today by Stephen Hawking and other participating researchers.

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This futuristic exoskeleton convinced me to take aging seriously

This futuristic exoskeleton convinced me to take aging seriously

One day you will die, but, before then - and assuming all goes to plan - you’ll be trapped in an old body. Failing eyesight, hearing plagued with tinnitus, and limbs progressively seizing until just getting up from your chair is a challenge too great: death may be considered the biggest taboo, but aging is arguably a more uncomfortable one. With all that to look forward to, it’s no surprise that nobody wants to talk about getting old. Could a futuristic exoskeleton kick-start that conversation?

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You’ll soon be able to eat gluten again courtesy of egg yolks

You’ll soon be able to eat gluten again courtesy of egg yolks

Those with celiac disease are unable to eat foods containing gluten, and as a result have very limited diets. Others say they are intolerant to gluten, unable to eat it without discomfort, and so too elect to remove it from their diet. Thanks to the studious work of some Canadian researchers, however, those dietary limitations may be a thing of the past. Researchers at the University of Alberta have used egg yolks to develop a new supplement that blocks the absorption of the component from gluten that causes celiacs their troubles.

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