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Researchers have just discovered a new member of the Megaloptera on a mountain in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China. This giant insect has a wingspan of 8.3 inches and can be found in or near a variety of wet environments including ponds, lakes and swamps. Don't let its mandibles fool you, they are not used for eating, but rather attracting females. Continue reading for the news report and more images.

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We have seen the future of sports cars, and they just might be salt water-powered. The QUANT e-Sportlimousine utilizes a nanoFLOWcell system, which is comprised of a three-tank system that stores two types of liquid electrolytes - one positively charged, the other negatively - to generate 912-horsepower. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Sam Van Aken created a tree unlike in any other because it's designed to bear 40 different kinds of fruit. Science Alert says, "Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It's then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree." Continue reading for a video of him explaining this at TED Talks.

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On a clear, dark night, our eyes can see thousands of stars in the sky in places without light pollution. They always seem to twinkle, or change their brightness, all the time, but in reality it's the movement of air (sometimes called turbulence) in the atmosphere of Earth causes the starlight to get slightly bent as it travels from the distant star through the atmosphere down to us on the ground, producing a twinkling effect. You'll notice that stars closer to the horizon will appear to twinkle more than other stars. This is because there is a lot more atmosphere between you and a star near the horizon than between you and a star higher in the sky. Continue reading for more.

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Called Impervious, this innovative super-hydrophobic nanospray contains molecules 1,000 times smaller than a human hair and can make just about anything water-resistant in minutes. You can either choose to spray it onto the screen - the thin layer of protection it provides also prevents the screen from being scratched - of any device, or the entire gadget. Once applied, the company says that gadgets can be submerged in 3-feet of water for 30 minutes. Continue reading for the demonstration video and more information.

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Millions of mayflies emerged from the Mississippi River near and around La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 20th, producing a swarm so large that it appeared on radar. According to news station KARE 11, "As the flies dispersed moving north-northeast, they also gained altitude with some of the echo being detected as far north as Black River Falls and as high as 2500 feet above ground." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's fastest bus boy.

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When humans start building things (roads, walls, buildings, etc.) around trees, they simply learn to adapt and grow their roots around whatever is nearby, including sidewalk stones. However, there are some tree species that have developed special root extensions that pop out of soil, in order to get oxygen, when it is not available in the soil because of excess water. These root extensions are called pneumatophores, and are present, among others, in black mangrove and pond cypress. Continue reading for more.

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Sometimes, less really isn't more, and this is especially true with food. For example, half a Jack in the Box cheeseburger is equal to 588-grams, or a plateful, of broccoli. Sure, the former might be tastier, but it definitely isn't healthier. Or, just a fistful of bacon has the same number of calories as an entire avocado. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral image of one of the cleverest resumes you'll ever see, for chocolate lovers anyways.

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An enormous crater has appeared suddenly in a small Siberian village whose name roughly translates as "the end of the world". There are currently teams of scientists rushing there to fathom the cause of this unusual - and rare - geographical occurrence, baffling those who have already viewed it. One bizarre theory speculates this hole was caused by a UFO landing. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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You'd think that a scorching hot summer day with temperatures reaching 37C (98.6F) would mean lots of sunshine, but not for this Siberian beach. A freak hailstorm suddenly occurred and one sunbather said: "It was like being hit by raining bullets from the sky." While another woman noted, "My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it." Continue reading for the video.

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