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Martian Plumes

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Researchers at the European Space Agency noticed a plume of dust on two separate dates while reviewing Hubble images, but coming from the same general location. Dust plumes aren't entirely unheard of on Mars, but none were ever this big, at more than 250-kilometers (155-miles) high. The strange thing is that no one really know why these dust plumes are happening, as previous plumes have never exceeded 100-kilometers (62-miles) high. For the record, Mars has experienced planet-wide dust storms that can last for up to a year, and the reason for the longevity of these storms is that the dust is so light it stays airborne for a very long time once picked up. However, a dust storm and a localized dust plume are two very different things. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today.

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Alien Orbs

Astrobiologist Dr Milton Wainwright used balloons to collect samples of dust and particles 16 miles up in the Earth's atmosphere, and in one sample, he found a tiny metal ball that left impact crater in the device. He claims the metal orb, the same width as a human hair and made from titanium, may have been traveling fast as came from outer space. Wainwright says it was found to be oozing a strange material, which is biological and could in fact be a colony of tiny microorganisms. Continue reading for more information.

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Mars One 100

Mars One, the Dutch-based venture, announced yesterday that it's slimmed down its list of applicants to just 50 men and 50 women who will compete for the chance to take a one-way trip to the red planet. For those who haven't been following the Mars One project, they plan to put on a reality-TV competition to select 24 prospective crew members for missions to Mars, starting as early as 2024. Winners would be expected to start up a permanent colony on the Red Planet. Tens of thousands signed up for Mars One consideration in 2013, and the 100 competitors were chosen after going through interviews with chief medical officer Norbert Kraft who says: "Being one of the best individual candidates does not automatically make you the greatest team player, so I look forward to seeing how the candidates progress and work together in the upcoming challenges." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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NASA Titan Submarine

What would a submarine to explore the liquid methane seas of Saturn's Moon Titan look like? NASA has unveiled an innovative 2200-pound submarine design that would explore both the shoreline and the depths of this strange world that has methane rain, rivers and seas. It would be powered by a 1 kW radiothermal Stirling generator, which would not only provide power to propel the craft, but also keep the electronics from freezing. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Neil Armstrong Camera

Neil Armstrong, he first man to walk on the moon, kept a bag of Apollo 11 mementos stashed away in his Ohio house for more than 40 years between the mission and his death. Inside the bag, there was a 16mm movie camera and 10mm lens that first shot Apollo 11's descent to the moon's surface through a window on the lunar module. Other items included tools, helmet straps and cables taken aboard the Lunar Module Eagle for the landing. These were all supposed to have remained on the lunar surface to keep the weight down. Continue reading for the full 3-hour Apollo 11 NASA footage.

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Tilt-Shift Galaxy

Photo credit: St. Tesla via Gizmodo

When you see the images, paintings might come to mind, but they're actually tilt-shifted (selective focus to simulate miniature scenes) photos of real galaxies in space, created by Italian artist St. Tesla. Tesla says: "Macrocosm and microcosm is an ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale (macrocosm or universe-level) all the way down to the smallest scale (microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level). In the system the midpoint is Man, who summarizes thecosmos. I was doing some researches and I found experiment with miniatures of space with tilt shift so I decided to try my own. The result has been nebulae, galaxies and supernovae transformed into microorganism." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an Amish buggy doing donuts.

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View From Other Side

NASA has just released a video titled "A View From the Other Side", showing the moon's far side as it passes through its phases and libration. The views were created with imaging data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and complements NASA's annual Moon Phase and Libration visualization that shows the Moon as seen from Earth after theyreceived a number of comments requesting a view from the dark side. Continue reading to watch.

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Traveling at Speed of Light

Have 45-minutes to spare? This incredible video will take you from the surface of the sun to Jupiter in real-time, at the speed of light. Animator Alphonse Swinehart says: "In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in real-time, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system." Continue reading to watch.

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Other Planets Sky

The Russian Federal Space Agency has just released a mind-boggling animation that shows how the planet's horizons will appear if other celestial bodies replaced the sun. The first star you'll see is Alpha Centauri, the nearest visible sun to our own, and one of the brightest in the southern night sky. Located 4.3 light-years away, nearly 300,000 times the distance from the Earth to the sun, a double-star system would appear in our skies if it replaced the sun. It orbits a common center of gravity every 80 years with its companion, Alpha Centauri B. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Time Machine Simulator

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have built a time machine simulator. In other words, this system can mimic how a quantum particle would behave if it passed through a closed time-like curve and interacted with a younger version of its self. They fired pairs of entangled light particles through a circuit, in which entangled particles are created from the same parent particle, so they are identical to each other and any force that acts on one immediately affects the other. Think of this as meeting the younger version of yourself right at the entrance to a time travel loop. Continue reading for a video and to hear what happened.

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