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Popping Champagne Creates A Tiny Supersonic Shock Wave

There's no better way to celebrate an important occasion with a glass of champagne. For me, the novelty of champagne has never been about the taste of the alcohol, but rather the significant moment when the cork is popped out of the bottle. Little did I know that this pop is actually a miniature supersonic shock wave. Champagne just got even cooler. 

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Lab Rats Learn To Drive Tiny Cars

Perhaps Mouse Hunt had it right all along, and rodents are smarter than us. Scientists at the University of Richmond have trained rats to drive tiny cars towards food, suggesting that rats are a lot smarter than we've been giving them credit for. Consider that next time you try to outsmart the rat that sneaks into your kitchen. 

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Scientists Develop Horrific Phone Case Made From Artificial Skin

I thought we learned our lesson from Frankenstein, but apparently not. In the latest development of freaky technology, some researchers have decided to create an interactive phone case made from artificial human skin. Instead of tapping your phone screen, you tap, tickle, and pinch the creepy skin to command your phone or laptop through it. 

Honestly, it feels like Halloween has come early because I'd never in a million years touch that haunted thing. But, as usual, some weirdos out there are into it. 

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This Is The Largest Crystal Cave In The World

Crystals are an amazing organic phenomena (not to mention their supposed healing powers). Not only do they come in all the colors of the rainbow and different shapes and textures, they form naturally through the chemical reactions of different minerals in the earth. As crystals form underground, they're hidden treasures until someone finds them. And that's what happened when someone in southern Spain when stumbled across the largest crystal cave - or geode - in the world. Called the Pulpí Geode, this 390-cubic-foot crystal room is straight out of a fairy tale book. 

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NASA's Incredible New Photos of Mars

In 2012, NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars and it's been rolling around the surface of the planet ever since. Aside from taking samples and doing science experiments, Curiosity also has a camera attached to it. It's been discovering new things about Mars and taking some pretty awesome photos. Check them out below. 

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Top Twenty Photos From Nikon's Microscope Photography Competition

This year marked the 45th year of Nikon's Small World microscope photography competition, called the Photomicrography Competition, and the winners have just been announced. In order to be valid for entry, photographs must be taken using a light microscope. The subjects of the competition entries range from animal embryos to cells to plants, but they all have one thing in common: these are not things we can see with the naked eye. And they are absolutely beautiful. Here are the top twenty photos from the competition, in order. Enjoy.

top twenty winning photos from Nikon's Small World microscope photography competition
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See A Supermassive Black Hole Shredding A Star Apart

A supermassive black hole in another galaxy 375 million light years away just tore apart and swallowed a star, and amazingly, a satellite captured pictures of it happening. Although black holes are known for doing crazy things, this is next level: it only happens once every 10, 000 to 100,000 years. In other words, it's a once in a lifetime event, and you can see it happening right here on the interweb.

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An AI Robot Learnt How to Solve A Rubik's Cube One-Handed

AI seems to be moving forward in leaps and bounds these days (sometimes literally). In the latest advancement of robotics, OpenAI has just released footage of Dactyl, it's AI powered robot (which has just one humanoid hand) solving a Rubik's cube. It's not about the speed, but rather the dexterity required to solve a Rubik's cube one-handed (heck, even solving a Rubik's cube with both hands is difficult for me). The most impressive thing is that the robot learnt to solve it all by itself. 

AI robot learnt how to solve rubik's cube with one hand
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AI Robots Are Being Trained to 3D Print Rockets

3D printing has really taken off in the past few years. What started off small scale is now expanding to being able to print rockets. Not just parts - entire rockets. That's what the folks over at Relativity Space have been working on, and they may just revolutionize the rocket industry - both on Earth and in space. If things go well, the startup is hoping that their AI will be able to oversee the building of rockets on Mars. Life is starting to sound a lot like science fiction...

ai is now being trained to oversee 3d printing of rockets
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36 Chernobyl Memes To Help You Deal With The Bleakest Show On TV

HBO's Chernobyl is probably the network's most popular offering since Game Of Thrones' controversial series finale. The bleak miniseries is an in depth look at the real-life nuclear disaster in modern-day Ukraine. The series is understandably dark, and memers have been taking the difficult themes and lightening them up with witty memes as well as incredibly dumb shitposts. Here are some of the best we've seen so far. 

And find some more Chernobyl memes or check out some eerie Chernobyl pics from the nuclear plant itself after it has be abandoned for so many years.

Chernobyl memes from the HBO Chernobyl miniseries about the nuclear disaster in 1986 | Person - Humans Biorobots | Man - Why are dressed like cooks reactor exploding Because are about cook These hotpockets are still cold middle
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NASA Released an Amazing 3D Map of the Moon

Most of us see the moon almost every night, but few people have seen a decent high-res picture of the moon, let alone a high-res picture of the dark side of the moon. To be able to see the moon - every side of it - in detail would really require being in space and flying around it. And 99.9% of us Earthlings don't have that opportunity (yet). So once again, NASA has come to the rescue, this time providing us with an amazing 3D map of the whole moon for computer graphics artists to use to their heart's content. For the first time, we can explore the moon (digitally). And it's incredible. If you want to see some more amazing photos from NASA, check out these new photos of Mars

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NASA's Visualisation of a Black Hole is Lit

Ever since the first ever image of a black hole was taken, we've had a thing for them. Unfortunately, the famous image of the black hole is pretty low res (although it wasn't exactly an easy photo to take so we're not blaming anyone). However, NASA recently published a visualization of a black hole to help us imagine what a detailed photo of a black hole might look like when we're able to take more high res photos of it. The result is pretty incredible and our minds are bending - a lot. Check it out for yourself. 

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Amateur Footage Helps Us Understand Tsunamis More

December 26, 2004. On this day, the worst tsunami in living memory pummeled Indonesia and shocked the world. The first tsunami to occur in the age of mobile camera phones, it was experienced by people all over the world through the shaky handheld videos that emerged of the catastrophe. The footage of the tsunami conveyed the ordeal through the eyes of the survivors, but it also had a practical benefit. Video footage enabled scientists to understand tsunamis more. Here's how. 

how amateur videos help scientists understand tsunamis more
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