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Metallic Hydrogen

Scientists have tried in vain to produce a metal from hydrogen for the past 80-years, a substance thought to be present on other planets. Metallic hydrogen could be used to make a rocket propellant four times more powerful than what's currently available. Two scientists, Ranga Dias and Isaac Silvera, at Harvard University claimed to have discovered this super substance. This was made possible by squeezing hydrogen between diamonds inside a cryostat, at a pressure even greater than that at the Earth's center. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Boeing Starliner Spacesuit

Set for liftoff in 2018, the CST-100 spacecraft will be headed to the ISS with astronauts wearing a lighter, more versatile Boeing Starliner Spacesuit, which weigh in at just 12-pounds. That's right, they are 40% lighter than its predecessor, and don't require an external cooling system to boot. The gloves will also features touch-screen compatibility, but unfortunately, the suits aren't designed to go outside the cockpit, as it is more of a precautionary measure against sudden cabin depressurization. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space facts, illustrations and images.

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Pig Human Hybrid

A team of scientists have created the world's first human-pig hybrid in a research project that could some day be used to harvest organs for transplantation. This hybrid was created by injecting human stem cells - embryonic cells that can develop into any type of body tissue - into pig embryos. The embryos were then placed back into pigs and removed for analysis three to four weeks later, with a total of 186 being collected. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Bee 3D Printer

Whiskey maker Dewar enlisted the services of 80,000 honey bees to naturally 3D print a bottle from honeycomb, and are calling it the "3B project." To be more specific, the project involves the bees and custom-built plastic molds in which they form their honeycomb. Once the bees finish their work, the molds are opened, revealing a fully-formed shape. They also tried to "print" a sculpture of a man using the bees as well. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a dropping toothpaste into a hot pan experiment.

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Popcorn Slow Motion

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

Just about everything looks cooler in super slow motion, especially so if shot in 4K, including a popcorn kernel exploding. This video, shot by Warped Perception using a Phantom v2512 (the "World's Fastest Digital Ultrahigh-Speed Camera" maxes out at 30,000fp. It's so detailed that you can see the kernel squirm right before it recoils into a delicious seam. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a massive alligator spotted at the Florida Nature Center.

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Energy Observer Ship

Energy Observer is a ship unlike any other, since it draws energy from nature without damage or waste. It combines various sources of renewable energies to produce its own hydrogen from seawater and store it on board. "If there's no sun or wind, or if it's night, stored hydrogen - generated by electrolysis powered by the solar panels and two wind turbines - will take over. We are going to be the first boat with an autonomous means of producing hydrogen," said Victorien Erussard of France. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining why Star Wars could take place in our universe.

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MIT 3D Material

MIT researchers have created one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene into a sponge-like configuration with a density of just 5%, while having the strength 10 times that of steel. In its two-dimensional form, graphene - the two-dimensional form of carbon - is thought to be the strongest of all known materials, but researchers have had a hard time translating that strength into useful three-dimensional materials until now. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a fat bike caught in an electric fence.

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Buy Ferrofluid

The CMS Magnetics Magnetic Ferrofluid Set is great for experiments, and it's being offered for only $27.86, today only, originally, $39.99. What is Ferrofluid? In short, it is a liquid that responds to magnets and magnetic fields. The longer answer is ferrofluid is an extremely fine powder, coated with a soap-like material called a surfactant, suspended in a mineral oil liquid base. Product page. Continue reading for another experiment video and more information.

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Andromeda Galaxy Sky

Photo credit: Sandro Casutt

Ever wonder what the Andromeda Galaxy would look like in our night sky, without having to wait 4.5-billion-years for it to collide with the Milky Way? Photographer Sandro Casutt who lives in a remote Swiss village shows us with these amazing images. These are essentially two photos stitched together of Andromedia and the Zervreila Mountain Lagoon region in Switzerland. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Cilian Murphy's screen test for Batman Begins.

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Arctic Seed Vault


The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a protected seed bank, located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, close to Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, around 1,300-kilometers from the North Pole. Conservationist Cary Fowler, in partnership with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), began the vault in 2008 to save a wide assortment of plant seeds that are duplicate samples, or "spare" copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. As of March 2016, there are approximately 864,309 seed varieties in the vault. The vault is situated in permafrost at a constant 3-4° Celsius below zero to aid in preservation. All of the seeds are stored in four-ply sealed envelopes, then placed into plastic tote containers on metal shelving racks, while storage rooms are kept at -18°C. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when you drink heavy water.

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