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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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New US Currency Design

Euro banknotes are known for their colorful designs and various sizes, but when it clashes with US currency, you get these sleek designs by artist and designer Travis Purrington. These notes blend vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalism, with Chicago's Willis Tower on the ten-dollar bill, and space exploration on the fifty-dollar note. Continue reading to see the other redesigned banknotes.

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Lunar Mission One

Lunar Mission One, a British-lead venture, has begun a crowdfunding campaign to send a drill-equipped robotic lander to mine the moon's south pole. The phase will raise $950,000 if everything goes according to plan, financing Lunar Mission One's planning and management activities during the initial phase of what will be 10 years of preparation to build up toward launch in 2024. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Skyscraper Coaster

Slated to open in 2017, the Skyscraper roller coaster will tower 570-feet over Orlando's International Drive, with construction beginning next year. According to Bill Kitchen, founder of the coaster's maker, US Thrill Rides: "The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced." Continue reading for a virtual ride and more information.

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Fiery Object Russia

Residents in Russia's Sverdlovsk region witnessed a gigantic fiery flash in the night sky on November 14, 2014 at approximately 6:39 pm local time. Since many motorists have dash cams (due to insurance fraud) there are lots of amateur clips of the event that have been uploaded online. There are some that capture it head-on, while other people managed to get a side view of the object. Reddit users say it was likely a bright fireball meteor, but officials have not yet stated there was one detected at that time. Continue reading to watch both clips.

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End of the World Crater

You've probably seen, or at least heard, of the 262-foot hole that appeared in Siberia a few months ago, but now researchers have descended into what local residents call the "End of the World" crater. The leader of this current expedition,V ladimir Pushkarev, director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, says: "I have heard about this idea of a phenomenon like the Bermuda Triangle, but I repeat, our scientists need to work on their materials first and only then draw some definite conclusions." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Voynich Manuscript

Here's another look at a few new pages that were just released of the Voynich Manuscript, an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The vellum in the book pages has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404-1438), and may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance. The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912. No one has yet succeeded in deciphering the text, and it has become a famous case in the history of cryptography. The mystery of the meaning and origin of the manuscript has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript the subject of novels and speculation. Continue reading to see more.

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Uranus Storm

Researchers based out of the University of California, Berkeley used the world's two most powerful telescopes, the Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope, to spot unusually bright cloud activity in the upper atmosphere of Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, which lies about 1.86 billion miles away. The team spotted approximately 8 storms in the planet's northern hemisphere over a span of just two days in August. There was one storm in particular that is now considered the brightest ever seen there, accounting for 30% of all the reflected light we can see coming off the planet. Continue reading for a more detailed video on Uranus and additional information about the mega storms.

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Oklahoma Time Capsule

After a long 100-years, a time capsule from the 1910s was was dug up and opened in an Oklahoma church. Called the "Century Chest", this treasure trove has been entombed under 12 inches of concrete, in the basement of Oklahoma City's First Lutheran Church since 1913. Among the vintage goods found inside were an April 22, 1913 issue of The Daily Oklahoman, an intersting map, a number of Native American artifacts, a pair of women's shoes, a pen used by President William McKinley to sign the 1900 Free Homes Act for Oklahoma, and a phonograph record featuring voices of people from that era. Continue reading for the video news report and more pictures.

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Comet Landing

Photo credit: Dailymail

Philae successfully landed on comet 67P today at 3:30pm GMT, making it the first craft in history to land on a comet. The probe separated from the Rosetta spacecraft approximately 7-hours earlier after spending 10-years in space. ESA director says: "It's a big step for human civilization. Our ambitious Rosetta mission has secured another place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it is now also the first to deliver a probe to a comet's surface." Continue reading for the 13 things you may not know.

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