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Fizzy Apple

You read that right, Swiss company Lubera have created a new kind of apple, called Paradis Sparkling, that releases effervescent juices that is akin to having a mouthful of fizzy drink. However, the sensation is only experienced when the apple is bitten into and its juices are not sparkling when pressed. It will cost you a pretty penny, as one can order sapling trees through mail order for £34 ($55). Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Duck Prosthetic Leg

While small dogs and cats can survive comfortably with three legs, larger dogs, horses, and farm animals require the limb to support their weight. Surgery has also been done on birds that are used for breeding purposes. Each prosthetic limb is custom-made to fit the individual needs of the specific animal. Dudley (above) lost a leg as a wee duckling when attacked by aggressive chickens. While he could still swim, Dudley had trouble getting around on land. So, mechanical engineer Terence Loring partnered with 3-D printing company Proto3000 to help fabricate an artificial leg. Continue reading for more.

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Severed Spinal Cord

Darek Fidyka, a fireman paralyzed from the waist down after his spinal cord was completely severed in a tragic knife attack, has regained the ability to walk thanks to an experimental cell transplant by British scientists. Though some victims of partial spinal injury have recovered, a complete break was generally assumed to be irreparable, that is until...scientists in Poland used cells from Fidyka's nose to re-grow nerve cells which were then inserted into his spine, repairing the broken link. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Mangapinna

No, you're not looking at an extraterrestrial being, just a bigfin squid, which are a group of rarely seen cephalopods with a distinctive morphology. Although the family is known only from larval, paralarval, and juvenile specimens, some authorities believe the adult creature has also been seen; several videos have been taken of animals nicknamed the "long-arm squid", which appear to have a similar morphology. Since none of the adult specimens have ever been captured or sampled, it remains uncertain if they are the same genus, or only distant relatives. The Shell Oil Company released the video above from 2007 captured by one of its unmanned underwater rovers in the Gulf of Mexico. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy bike race through the streets of Portugal.

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Isaac Asimov Prediction

During the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the time to predict what the world would be like in 50 years. Here's one: "Gadgetry will continue to relieve mankind of tedious jobs. Kitchen units will be devised that will prepare 'automeals,' heating water and converting it to coffee; toasting bread; frying, poaching or scrambling eggs, grilling bacon, and so on. Breakfasts will be 'ordered' the night before to be ready by a specified hour the next morning." Continue reading for more.

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Portugese Man O'War

The Bluebottle, also known as the Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis), is a marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting, but despite its outward appearance, the Portuguese man o' war is not a common jellyfish but a siphonophore. This basically means that it's not actually a single multicellular organism, but a colony of specialized minute individuals called zooids. These zooids are attached to one another and physiologically integrated to the extent that they are incapable of independent survival. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to deliver sand with style.

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Shark Feeding Frenzy

If you're afraid of even the thought of sharks, then this video probably isn't for you. From afar, it appears to be just a swarm of birds, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's a shark feeding frenzy. Donnie Griggs, who captured the footage at a North Carolina beach, was out fishing with friends at Cape Lookout last Thursday when they witnessed the unusual scene. There was estimated to be more than 100 sharks in the frenzy, feeding off a school of bluefish. These fish apparently ran out of ocean to avoid the feeding frenzy, as both the sharks and dozens of seagulls as well as pelicans were also after them. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Chocolate Pudding Fruit

Black Sapote fruit are tomato-like and measure 5-10 cm (2.0-3.9 in) in diameter, with an inedible skin that turns from olive to a deep yellow-green when ripe and a pulp which is white and inedible when unripe but assumes a flavor, color and texture often likened to chocolate pudding when ripe. Fruits usually contain seeds, up to a maximum of 12. The texture has been likened to that of a papaya. A researcher describes the ripe fruit as having "the taste and consistency of chocolate pudding." Unripe fruits are astringent, caustic, bitter, and an irritant. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Black Hole Facts

Despite its invisible interior, the presence of a black hole can be inferred through its interaction with other matter and with electromagnetic radiation such as light. Matter falling onto a black hole can form an accretion disk heated by friction, forming some of the brightest objects in the universe. If there are other stars orbiting a black hole, their orbit can be used to determine its mass and location. Such observations can be used to exclude possible alternatives (such as neutron stars). In this way, astronomers have identified numerous stellar black hole candidates in binary systems, and established that the core of the Milky Way contains a supermassive black hole of about 4.3 million solar masses. Continue reading for more.

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Stargazing Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, located in the north-central region of the U.S. state of Colorado, features majestic mountain views, mountain lakes, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments - from wooded forests to mountain tundra - and easy access to back-country trails and campsites. Plus, it's a great place for geeks to go stargazing at night, especially during the summer. Simply bring a comfortable chair, along with a telescope if you want an up-close look, and you'll be set to take everything in. Continue reading for more.

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