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Congrats to Mas Sumbramanian and his team out at Oregon State University for the discovery! He said the following in an official OSU press release:

"It was serendipity, actually; a happy, accidental discovery.

The basic crystal structure we’re using for these pigments was known before, but no one had ever considered using it for any commercial purpose, including pigments.

Ever since the early Egyptians developed some of the first blue pigments, the pigment industry has been struggling to address problems with safety, toxicity and durability."

space science image The Hubble Took an Image of a 'Blue Bubble' That Is Actually a Nebula
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The Hubble Space Telescope took this image of a star that looks like it's inside a blue bubble. NASA says the blue bubble is actually a nebula formed around 20,000 years ago. This is how it's described on the Hubble's website:

The distinctive blue bubble appearing to encircle WR 31a is a Wolf–Rayet nebula — an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other gases. Created when speedy stellar winds interact with the outer layers of hydrogen ejected by Wolf–Rayet stars, these nebulae are frequently ring-shaped or spherical.


According to NASA, these type of stars don't last very long (in terms of bodies in space at least). It'll only be around for a "few hundred thousand years".


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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, and it also puts on one of the biggest firework displays for New Year's Eve.

This year they broke a world record for "largest LED-illuminated facade" with 70,000 LED panels wrapped around the tower, according to The Arabian Gazette.

On New Year's Eve last year, the city broke the record for biggest pyrotechnics display in the world with around 500,000 fireworks.

For another look at the display, you can check out Downton Dubai's YouTube page where you can watch from various camera angles, including drone, helicopter and fountain views.

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If you have dreams of someday traveling into space, this video might make you drool with anticipation.

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst put together this amazing timelapse using 12,500 images taken during his six-month Blue Dot mission aboard the International Space Station.

During his time up there, he had a number of major accomplishments. According to the ESA, these included "installing ESA's furnace that can suspend and cool molten metal in mid-air, a spacewalk to maintain and improve the Space Station, and the docking of Europe's last Automated Transfer Vehicle – the largest spacecraft to supply the research centre."

Gerst would often set up cameras to take photos while he conducted his work, and you can check out his full feed of images on his Flickr page.

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Science is Beautiful of the Day: Perfectly Preserved Aquatic Life Made Beautiful Through Embalming

These photographs were staged by Adam Summers, a University of Washington researcher who used old-school preservation techniques to die the cartilage and bones of his specimens to give them a new life after death. Check them out below!

Hat tip to Wired.

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This Is Trippy, You Should Watch It of the Day: Holton Rower pours paint over objects, makes pretty, psychedelic paintings.

[hyst.]