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    This new image was captured by Hubble. NASA explains:
    "Nasty One was identified as a Wolf-Rayet star, a rapidly evolving star that is much more massive than our sun. The star loses its hydrogen-filled outer layers quickly, exposing its super-hot and extremely bright helium-burning core... But Nasty One doesn’t look like a typical Wolf-Rayet star. The astronomers using Hubble had expected to see twin lobes of gas flowing from opposite sides of the star, perhaps similar to those emanating from the massive star Eta Carinae, which is a Wolf-Rayet candidate. Instead, Hubble revealed a pancake-shaped disk of gas encircling the star. The vast disk is nearly 2 trillion miles wide."
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    Towpaths in London, Birmingham, and Manchester recently got a new paint job with the addition of duck lanes. The Canal & River Trust has painted a white line marking off areas to be used by birds with a stenciled silhouette of a duck. You can follow them at #sharethespace.
    “We’ve painted in duck lanes on the tow path, just to highlight…[that] there’s only so much space you can share..[a]nd actually probably ducks need the priority,” Dick Vincent, a London Towpath Ranger told ruptly.tv
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    Airbnb's fully functioning floating house sets sail along the river thames. This is a house with a fully functional kitchen, bathroom and 2 bedrooms . The dwelling stands at eight meters in height and weighs 70 tonnes. There’s a steering wheel in that kitchen, which is something that most household kitchens can’t boast of. It’s a lot more than a houseboat. There’s a backyard with a living apple tree, real grass, and a doghouse. Airbnb offers it for rent until May 22.
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    Now you can believe again. Fox has announced that the new six-episode "event series" will debut on Sunday, January 24th following the NFC championship football game.   The new six-episode series will mark the return of Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson.
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    Almost one year to the date that The Four Seasons announced its transcontinental airplane initiative, here we take an inside look inside the brand’s very exclusive private jet experience. Its Private Jet Experience where guests will board a customized 52-seat Boeing 757-200ER to various destinations across the world.   An on-board chef will tantalize the palette for tour stops in Los Angeles, Hawaii, New York City, Bali, Mumbai or anywhere on the Four Seasons expansive itinerary list. With trips starting around $106,000 USD, the seats include an iPad, Bulgari toiletry kits, Bose headphones, and Mongolian cashmere blankets and lumbar pillows.
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    Japan's seven-car magnetic levitation train breaks own world record with a top spead of 374mph in a test run near Mount Fuji.
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    According to one source, the Google translate information on the Japanese associated with this video says that it's an April Fool's joke. A phone holder that attaches to a codpiece-like harness that the wearer fixes to their waist.
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    Tokyo’s Tsukishima, took his gorgeous African spurred tortoise, the tortoise sometimes wears a cute dress, through the the streets of Tsukishima and Ginza neighborhoods. (Photo: @Hana_Tegoshi)
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    "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7) during a panel discussion that focused on the space agency's efforts to search for habitable worlds and alien life.
     "We know where to look. We know how to look," Stofan added during the event, which was webcast live. "In most cases we have the technology, and we're on a path to implementing it. And so I think we're definitely on the road."  [ link ]
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    Three-year-old Tanner Jensen and his 20-month-old brother Skyler were both born with a rare genetic condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy which means they can’t walk, crawl, control their heads, or even lift their arms. But life for the young brothers will soon be improving thanks to students at Brigham Young University who built the pair a set of tiny affordable electric wheelchairs. Motorized wheelchairs for younger children already exist, but they can end up costing upwards of $15,000 which many families can’t afford. So five undergraduate mechanical engineering students from BYU’s Engineering Capstone program challenged themselves to build the world’s smallest electric wheelchair for the Jensen brothers.
    The chair is made with a PVC frame (strong enough for a child up to 50 pounds or about 6 years old) and is controlled by an armrest-mounted joystick like other chairs. The students produced the chair for under $495, making it likely the world’s least expensive motorized wheelchair—and possibly lightest at just over 20 pounds. [ Brigham Young University ]
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    An alligator called Mr. Stubbs takes a swim wearing his new prosthetic tail at the Phoenix Herpetological Society in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. An orange floatie helps stabilize the alligator as it adjusts to the prosthesis. Researchers believe Mr. Stubbs’ tail was biten off by another alligator.
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    This giant catfish, which weighed 20 stone (127kg) was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in the Po River of northern Italy. Believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever caught, the creature was pulled from the river on Feb 19 with a rod and line after a battle lasting 40 minutes.After catching, weighing and photographing it, the brothers released it back into the river, which flows across northern Italy to the Adriatic. [ Photo: Sportex Italia ]
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    It looks like a statue of the Buddha. But inside, there are the mummified remains of a human body. The mummified body of the Buddhist master Liuquan, a monk who lived around the year 1100 and who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School,  the statue left China for the first time.  The Drents Museum, an art and history museum in Assen, The Netherlands, arranged for it to be viewed through a CT scanning machine.
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    This is the deep sea goblin shark caught by father/son fishing team Mike and Lochlainn Kelly off the coast of New South Wales in Australia. It's called a goblin shark because it looks like a goblin.
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    Pictured above is a converted Hupmobile Model 20 Torpedo Roaster.  It is is a Hupmobile Model 20 Torpedo Roadster that is set on a framework with two sleds and appears to be driven by not one, but two helical screws.  Below is a patent drawing for a similar car design filed by Charles E.S. Burch of Seattle in 1907
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    KFC  has debuted its latest food abomination, Double Down Dog, a hotdog with a fried chicken for a bun and drizzled with a cheese sauce that looks like mustard. Unfortunately, they've only been introduced to South Korea and the Philippines so far, with select restaurants only making 50 a day.
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    3 Minnesota brothers have built a huge snow sculpture of a sea creature on their front lawn. Three brothers from Minnesota are known for making huge snow sculptures in their front yard each winter – this year, they decided to create a sea turtle. Austin, Trevor and Connor Bartz live in New Brighton, Minn. They documented the progression of their sea turtle creation in a YouTube video above.
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    This is Michael Baxter, 52, from Bacchus Marsh, Australia. His huge back tattoo of Simpsons characters means he might just make the Guinness World Record for most cartoon character tattoos. Michael Baxter, a prison officer from Australia.  The 52-year-old says he has spent $10,000 and 130 hours to cover his back with 203 Simpsons characters. The design, by artist Jade Baxter-Smith, has taken 130 hours in total.
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    Reporters Without Borders today published its 2014 tally of abuses against journalists. According to their report, 66 journalists were murdered this year, bringing to 720 the number of journalists killed in connection with their work in the past 10 years. "A total of 119 journalists were kidnapped this year, an increase of more than 35% on last year’s figure," RWB said today. "Forty journalists are currently being held hostage." [en.rsf.org]
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    NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill.
    "This temporary increase in methane -- sharply up and then back down -- tells us there must be some relatively localized source," said Sushil Atreya of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Curiosity rover science team. "There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock."
    Researchers used Curiosity’s onboard Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory a dozen times in a 20-month period to sniff methane in the atmosphere. During two of those months, in late 2013 and early 2014, four measurements averaged seven parts per billion. Before and after that, readings averaged only one-tenth that level.
    Curiosity also detected different Martian organic chemicals in powder drilled from a rock dubbed Cumberland, the first definitive detection of organics in surface materials of Mars. These Martian organics could either have formed on Mars or been delivered to Mars by meteorites.
    Organic molecules, which contain carbon and usually hydrogen, are chemical building blocks of life, although they can exist without the presence of life. Curiosity's findings from analyzing samples of atmosphere and rock powder do not reveal whether Mars has ever harbored living microbes, but the findings do shed light on a chemically active modern Mars and on favorable conditions for life on ancient Mars. [ NASA ]
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