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Frozen Pond Rock

Photo credit: Odstane / Reddit

Frozen ponds are nothing special, but this one just happened to have a few perfectly placed rocks inside, causing surreal rings to form around them. While no official explanation for them has been given, one Reddit user, "Biogeopaleochem", says these occur because: "Differences in albedo or the reflectivity of the materials. Since the rock is darker it absorbs more energy from the sun during the day which is then emitted as long-wave radiation (heat) which melts the ice. The rings are day/night cycles." Continue reading for more images.

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Frost Flower

Photo credit: Jennifer Fenwick

At first glance, this may look like just another photo manipulation, but it's actually a real frost flower. To be more specific, this condition happens when thin layers of ice are extruded from long-stemmed plants in autumn or early winter. The thin layers of ice are often formed into exquisite patterns that curl into "petals" that resemble flowers. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Underwater Crop Circles

No, the crop circle-inspired design you see above was not created by aliens, but rather a tiny Japanese puffer fish. That's right, tiny silvery male puffer fishes are responsible for making the beautiful and elaborate underwater crop circles to attract a mate. They use their pectoral fins to carve an elaborate series of rings and ridges in the sand. Since they are constantly washed away by water flow, the tiny fish must constantly maintain them. The more elaborate the underwater 'crop circle' mating ring, the more likely the male puffer is to attract a female counterpart. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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StoreDot

We've covered StoreDot before, but now it has gone from purely a prototype, to something that will be ready to hit stores in 2016. This device utilizes nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, and the company has developed a battery that can store a much higher charge more quickly, acting like a sponge to soak up power and retain it. The prototype you see above is far too bulky, but the production model will be slim enough to fit in your pocket. Doron Myersdorf, the founder and chief executive of StoreDot, says consumers should expect to pay $100 - $150 more for fast charging models with this technology. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how astronauts take selfies in space.

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Polished Meteorite

Photo credit: Proteon / Reddit

Most meteorites look dull, but this is what a polished 773 gram Chinga meteorite looks like. This quarter-cut specimen was found in Turvinskaya, Russia, with two sides being cut and polished. The other sides maintain the original natural light brown crust to show the difference. The Chinga meteorite is an iron meteorite with an 82.8% iron, 16.6% nickel, cobalt and phosphorus compisition. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an epic underground ping pong battle.

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Angler Fish

You've probably seen images and even video of the deep-sea anglerfish, but here's an up-close look, in its natural habitat 2,000-feet underwater. This video was captured by MBARI's ROV Doc Ricketts at 600m (1968.5 ft) on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. Sea devils are the family of deep-sea anglerfish known as the Ceratiidae, from the Greek keras, "horn", referring to the bioluminescent lure that projects from the fishes' forehead. Continue reading to watch.

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Roman Mosaics Turkey

Archeologists, led by Professor Kutalmış Gorkay of Ankara University, recently unearthed three giant ancient Roman mosaics in the Turkish city of Zeugma, near the border of Syria. This project was spurred on by flooding in the area, and despite part of the city now being submerged underwater, excavations continue in the hopes of uncovering more historical artifacts. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Smell-O-Vision

London Heathrow's Terminal 2 has now brought "Smell-O-Vision" to life, or at least in the form of a scent globe. To celebrate the completion of this newly renovated terminal, the airport installed a 'scent globe' that releases the smell of its most fragrant destinations, intending to "take passengers on a sensory journey before even setting foot on their flights". Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Buffalo Snow Storm

The Winter Storm Bozeman was a particularly severe lake-effect snowstorm originating from the Great Lakes region, with areas in and around Buffalo, New York, particularly the city's southern suburbs, receiving snowfall totals in the range of 5-7 feet. Impacts were wide-ranging, including several professional sporting events, though economic impacts were not immediately known. With a forecast for warmer temperatures and rain, fears quickly arose for potentially severe flooding as a result of melting snow. The maximum snowfall recorded from the storm was 88 inches (220 cm) in Cowlesville, a hamlet within the town of Bennington, New York. Continue reading to see how crazy it really got.

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Nestle Smart Food

Nestle announced that it's developing 'exercise in a bottle', or to be more specific, a drink or pill that burns fat the same way exercise does. Scientists at the company's Geneva headquarters say they've found how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13. Kei Sakamoto, the lead scientist on diabetes and circadian rhythms at Nestle, researched how the master regulator of the body's metabolism, an enzyme called AMPK, is controlled at the molecular level. He says, "Ideally, we'll be able to develop products that will help promote and augment the effects of exercise." Continue reading for more information.

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