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Scientist creates ‘designer snowflakes’ in his laboratory: Check them out!

It's a common convention-- two snowflakes are never alike. But why? A scientist has been trying to find out, and he's created in some beautiful flakes in the process. According to Gizmodo, Ken Libbrecht is a scientist at Caltech who has been creating "designer snowflakes" using water vapor cooled in a specialized machine. "I like to think of this as a new form of ice sculpture, except I am not carving away from an initial block of ice, but...

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The Ultimate Beer Gift Guide 2015

The holidays are once again upon us (even if you refuse to admit it before Thanksgiving), which means music, presents, decorations, and drinking (for our above 21 readers). Many of us have beer lovers in the family, both male and female. And we at redOrbit are big beer fans ourselves, so we (I) set out to come up with a list of gifts for your resident zythologists. The good news holiday-gift-needers? There are beer-related gifts...

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See the skull of the ‘real’ Winnie the Pooh in this London museum

Winnie the Pooh is a children’s series that took the world by storm—his lighthearted adventures taught children all over the world the value of friendship, kindness, and most importantly, the deliciousness of honey. Apparently English author A.A Milne based Pooh off an actual black bear who lived in the London  zoo, and you can now stop by and see her if you want. According to UPI, Winnipeg (Winnie for short) the bear’s skull is now on...

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It’s Manatee Awareness Month, so here’s 5 celebs who (kinda) look like manatees

November is Manatee Awareness Month, and according to the Defenders of Wildlife: “Sometimes called a sea cow, this large aquatic relative of the elephant is usually found in shallow and warm coastal areas feeding on plants like sea grass,” the organization’s homepage reads. “Unfortunately, the Florida manatee population is endangered, and these animals face a number of human-made threats. In November, as manatees search for the warm-water shelters once common along the Florida coast, we take...

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Project Monsoon: Epic street art only shows up when it rains

In partnership with the Pantone Color Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has painted some really awesome murals on the streets of Seoul, South Korea that are invisible until it starts raining. As a part of Project Monsoon, artists painted river-themed murals on the streets of the city using hydrochromatic paint—paint that’s transparent until it gets wet. South Korea has an annual three-week monsoon season of constant rain and relative darkness. It sounds...

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Here’s a holiday gift guide: 10 things we bought on Ambien this year

It’s that time of year again! Time to brave the mall parking lots where pedestrians stroll in slow-mo in front of your car and revel as your blood pressure rises higher than the temperature of that gingerbread latte you spilled on yourself earlier. Let’s face it: Braving the holidays can be exhausting and stressful, and with the internet, there’s really no reason to go to the mall (unless you like hearing the same shitty pop...

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Lucky Norwegian hiker discovers 1,200-year-old iron Viking sword

Usually hikers abide by principles like “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures,” but there are always exceptions—like Goran Olsen, who discovered a 1,200-year-old Viking sword while hiking in Norway. According to History, Olsen was trekking across a mountain plateau that runs between western and eastern Norway when he made the find. He paused, sitting to take a break, when he suddenly noticed a rusty sword blade under some rocks on the path. The...

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Chicken study shows how evolution can happen a lot faster than we thought

A study of chickens has given us some insight into the speed of evolution; we know that huge changes can take place over the course of millions of years, but it might be a faster process than we previously thought. Professor George Larson at Oxford University, a senior author on the study, examined a long-term pedigree of chickens at Virginia Tech. Larson and his team took DNA samples from chicken blood and compared it down the...

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The sun’s getting brighter, but not in China

More of the sun is reaching us, as surface solar radiation received by Earth has increased steadily since 1990. China, however, is reversing this trend in a fairly unsurprising fashion. China is known for its levels of pollution which have detrimental effects on the country’s population—many people who have traveled to China know how thick the smog can get. A recent study in Scientific Reports shows that this air pollution in China is keeping solar...

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How the loss of elephants could severely affect a region’s landscape

The loss of any animal can significantly disrupt an ecosystem, and a new study shows how the loss of elephants and other large land mammals could severely affect a region. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found permanent changes to North American landscapes after humans moved into an area and wiped out mammoths and mastodons. According to study author Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at the University of California...