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White Jewel Strawberries

Yasuhito Teshima created White Jewel strawberries four years ago, on his farm in Japan's Saga Prefecture, by cross-breeding different types of strawberries and perfecting his growing technique in order to create a large strawberry with white flesh and skin. One important factor is reducing exposure to sunlight to slow decrease the level of anthocyanin, the natural chemical that gives fruits and vegetables their color. Currently, only 10% of his crop turn out white, with the rest featuring red patches. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Line-X Coating

Line-X is essentially a spray-on coating, used mostly on truck beds, that makes nearly anything indestructible, including pumpkins. What is it made of? Scientifically speaking, it's a mixture of two different molecules: Diphenylmethane-4,4'-diisocyanate or MDI and alpha-(2-aminomethylethyl)-omega-(2-aminomethylethoxy)-poly[oxy(methyl-1,-2-ethanediyl - both of which undergo a rapid exothermical reaction before being prepped for a spray-on application. Next, the two are kept separate under very high pressures as well as temperatures, and then fired together through a small nozzle. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Audio Tattoos

Skin Motion is a mobile app and platform for playing back sound wave tattoos. How does it work? Well, you use an app or web-based platform to upload a recorded sound or video to the Skin Motion platform, and then the sound wave is created visually, enabling a tattoo artist to customize the design. Continue reading for two more videos and more information.

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Solar Paint

RMIT University researchers have developed an innovative solar paint that uses water vapor to produce an endless amounts of clean energy. Simply put as possible, it draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen, thus capturing hydrogen as a clean fuel source. The paint contains a newly created compound that resembles silica gel, but acts like a semiconductor. The synthetic molybdenum-sulphide material is the catalyst for the splitting of water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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NightSky Petunia

Night Sky Petunias may look digitally altered at first glance, but they're actually real flowers by German breeder Selecta One. What's even cooler is that each petunia is unique because the density and size of the white sports depend on several factors, like temperature and light. Warm weather ensures a predominantly purple flower, while cooler temperatures bring out the whiteness in the petals. Get it here now. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Too much of a good thing can turn out to be bad, but apparently, this wasn't the case for Anthony Howard-Crow, a 32-year-old stunt dieter from Loveland, Colorado. He consumed only ice cream for 100 consecutive days, drank a small protein shake, alcohol, and managed to lose 32-pounds. "The whole point of these demonstrations is to show you - basically prove, in the best way I can - that you can eat anything you want and still lose weight," said Anthony. Continue reading for another video and pictures of his progress.

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Snow Energy

There are solar chargers, and then "Snow Energy," a sustainable lamp and a mobile device charger that works in all types of climates, including snowy mountainous regions. This is possible thanks to a thermoelectric generator that works by generates energy when there is a temperature difference between the upper and bottom sections of the unit. Continue reading for images showing exactly how it works.

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Warmest Night US

The 1936 North American heat wave was the most severe heat wave in the modern history of North America. It took place in the middle of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and caused catastrophic human suffering and an enormous economic toll. The heat wave started in late June, when temperatures across the US exceeded 100° F. The Midwest experienced some of the highest June temperatures on record. The heat wave and drought largely ended in September, though many states were still drier and warmer than average. Many farmers' summer harvests were destroyed. Grounds and lawns remained parched. Annual temperatures returned to normal in the fall. Cotinue reading for more unusual weather phenomenon. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery.

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Parkar Solar Probe

NASA is set to launch the Parkar Solar Probe into the sun's scorching atmosphere to see how the star works and what can be done to better predict space weather events on Earth. The spacecraft needs to survive temperatures as high as 2,500° Fahrenheit, impacts by supersonic particles, and powerful radiation, as it circles as close as 4-million-miles to the sun. "We're going to be seven times closer (to the sun) than any other mission has ever been," said project scientist Nicola Fox. Continue reading for a video news report, and more information.

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GJ 625 Super Earth

Located 21-light-years away, GJ 625 is an M-dwarf star approximately 1/3 the size and mass of the sun, and recently, astronomers discovered a super Earth, three times the size of our planet, orbiting it. It orbits the inner edge of an M-dwarf star's habitable zone, and takes around 14-days to complete one orbit. "We report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr," according to the research paper. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a massive underwater main explosion in Ukraine.

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