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Spectacular solar halo seen in Mexico [with explanation… and memes]

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A stunning round solar halo caused a social media frenzy – people were out in the streets, taking photos, sharing them, while scientists were also excited to see such a rare phenomenon. But what are solar halos, and why did this one appear in Mexico?

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The science of ‘ballooning’ – or why it’s raining spiders in Australia

A home surrounded by spiderwebs as floodwaters rise around Wagga Wagga in 2012. Source: SMH.

It’s raining… spiders. Countless baby spiders are falling from the ski in the Australian city Goulburn, South Australia, covering the entire landscape in spider webs.

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Archaeologists in Madagascar discover the treasure of notorious pirate Captain Kidd

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Archaeologists working in Madagascar have uncovered the treasure hidden by the notorious pirate Captain Kidd – and they have the loot to prove it: a 50 kg silver bar they presented to the president of Madagascar. US explorer Barry Clifford discovered the shipwreck and recovered the silver bar, but he believes that many more still lie undiscovered at the bottom

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Alcohol and Driving – Why the Two Don’t Make a Good Couple

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When you drive a car you should be able to react quickly in the event that someone in front of you makes a sudden shift or change. For example, if the car up ahead slams on its brakes to avoid hitting something, you must also be able to hit your brakes and steer the car to safety. One of the

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Timelapse video perfectly highlights world’s largest salt flat

Image via Atlas Bolivia.

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí in southwest Bolivia, close to the crests of the Andes, at 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea level. It was captured in all its splendor in the above timelapse, by Enrique Pacheco. The Salar was formed as

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Why #IAmAScientistBecause is awesome

It’s the favorite hash tag we’ve had since #OverlyHonestMethods: scientists are flooding Twitter with their own revelations and reasons why they feel they’re scientists. It’s awesome because it highlights how special and unique being a scientist really is. #IAmAScientistBecause I want to explain to people how much we all NEED nature. http://t.co/LaX9G8jAkx pic.twitter.com/5AVVPBwD6f — Mark Spalding (@DocSpalding) April 7, 2015 Scrolling

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Giant, tubular creature is not a worm, but a free-floating colony

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It’s one of the most amazing creatures you’ve never heard about: the pyrosome. It often looks like a giant inflatable underwater balloon, or a tube-like worm, but it’s actually made of hundreds or thousands of individuals known as zooids. “One long pyrosome is actually a collection of thousands of clones, with each individual capable of copying itself and adding to

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The science behind the supertide that stranded the French Abbey

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A shocking image went viral a few days ago, with an 11th-century French abbey completely surrounded by water following a super tide. Naturally, many similar photos followed, and many “explanations” emerged, most vaguely referencing the solar eclipse, something about gravitational cycles, and some even stated it was caused by the “tide of the century”, although the “tide of the century” comes by every 18 years. So let’s take a look at what actually happened.

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“I wanted to take a picture of an octopus… but the octopus took pictures of me”

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How the tables have turned! While documenting the experiments conducted on campus, Benjamin Savard, a digital media producer at Middlebury College, wanted to take some underwater pictures of an octopus. But the octopus had other plans. It grabbed the camera and turned it on Savard, who posted the photos and GIF of the entire sequence on Reddit.   “I was just trying to brainstorm

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ZME Science Newsletter – Spring is here!

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Time flies fast when you’re trying to figure out the mysteries of the Universe… it seems like 2015 started just yesterday, and now winter is already over. Let’s take a deep breath and have a look at what we’ve done so far in 2015, what went right, what went wrong, and what we’re planning for the future! What you liked