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Scientists capture first ever photo of light behaving as both a particle and a wave - and it's a beauty

Scientists capture first ever photo of light behaving as both a particle and a wave - and it's a beauty | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have long believed that light can behave as both a particle and a wave but until today – it’s been a bit difficult to visualize and impossible to photograph. Now, researchers in Switzerland have taken the first ever picture of light as both a wave and a particle – and it’s a beauty! http://reekoscience.com/science-news/physics-and-math/scientists-capture-first-ever-photo-light-behaving-as-particle-and-wave-picture
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Comet Lovejoy photobombs Dark Energy Camera (world's most powerful camera)

Comet Lovejoy photobombs Dark Energy Camera (world's most powerful camera) | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Scientists operating the world’s most power digital camera, the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera, were “shocked” to find Comet Lovejoy ambling through its field of view this week. Luckily for us however, the photobomb has provided us with a stunning view of Comet Lovejoy. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/comet-lovejoy-photobombs-dark-energy-camera-worlds-most-powerful-camera
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NASA plans to explorer the moons of Saturn with... a submarine?

NASA plans to explorer the moons of Saturn with... a submarine? | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Titan, one of Saturn’s 60 something moons, is covered with lakes and seas of liquid methane which means landing a spaceship on Titan would be quite difficult. But landing a spaceship *under* the methane seas of Titan… well, that’s an entirely new set of problems – and NASA intends to figure out how to do it. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/nasa-plans-explorer-moons-saturn-submarine
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Scientists discover black hole that is 12 billion times larger than the Sun

Scientists discover black hole that is 12 billion times larger than the Sun | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Researchers in China have discovered a massive black hole that is 12 billion times the size of the sun. 12 billion times as big as our gigantic Sun! For reference, a billion is a thousand millions or 1 with nine zeroes after it. If you counted every second of your life, you’d only live a bit longer than 2 billion SECONDS. A billion pennies stacked on top of each other would reach 870 miles into the sky. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/scientists-discover-black-hole-that-is-12-billion-times-larger-than-the-sun
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Join the movement - stop the abuse of robot dogs!

Join the movement - stop the abuse of robot dogs! | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Regular visitors to Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab know Reeko loves robots. In fact, he’s pretty much fanatical about Boston Robotics’ four-legged dog robots (fanatical enough that some of us are beginning to worry). Check out the public service announcement call-to-action to stop the abuse of robot dogs. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/technology-science-news/funny-stop-robot-dog-abuse
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Reeko's salute to the wonderful (and funny) world of animals

Reeko's salute to the wonderful (and funny) world of animals | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
They can be scary, ugly, cute, and funny. They’re a critical part of our ecosystem, required for the very survival of mankind – animals! Here’s Reeko’s salute to those fuzzy (and feathery) creatures we all love oh so much. Check out the animal pictorial below (click picture for larger version). http://reekoscience.com/science-resources/science-photos/funny-cute-pictures-of-funny-animals
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New jaw-dropping Hi-Def photo of Eagle nebula's "Pillars of Creation"

New jaw-dropping Hi-Def photo of Eagle nebula's "Pillars of Creation" | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
The iconic photo of the Eagle nebula’s “Pillars of Creation”, showing three “trunks” of gas and dust forming new stars, was taken in 1995 by the Hubble telescope. In 2014, after installation of a new camera with twice the resolution of the earlier one, a new hi-def photo of the Pillars of Creation has been released – and this one is just as draw-dropping as the original. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/new-jaw-dropping-hi-def-photo-eagle-nebulas-pillars-creation
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Meet Alviniconcha strummeri - the spike-haired snail named after a famous punk rocker

Meet Alviniconcha strummeri - the spike-haired snail named after a famous punk rocker | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
The Alviniconcha strummeri sea snail is covered in awesome spikes giving it the telltale appearance (you may need to squint your eyes a bit) of a classic spike-haired punk rocker. In fact, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute named it Alviniconcha strummeri after the famous Clash frontman, punk rocker Joe Strummer. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/animal-kingdom/alviniconcha-strummeri-spike-haired-snail-named-after-famous-punk-rocker-joe-strummer
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Greatest meteor shower of the year occurs this weekend - meet the Geminids meteors

Greatest meteor shower of the year occurs this weekend - meet the Geminids meteors | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Forget the often-disappointing Perseids meteor shower – Geminids is not only better, it’s predicted to be especially cool this weekend. The Geminids shower has been strengthening in recent years and already surpasses every meteor shower of the year. This year, we’re holding out hope that the show is even better than last year’s brilliant display. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/greatest-meteor-shower-of-year-geminids-meteor-shower
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The Skeleton Flower magically transforms into glassy, crystal-clear blossoms when it rains

The Skeleton Flower magically transforms into glassy, crystal-clear blossoms when it rains | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
The Diphylleia grayi or Skeleton Flower’s large, fizzy green, umbrella-shaped leaves are topped with small clusters of beautiful pearly white flowers that bloom from mid-spring to early summer. Oddly, as the petals of the flowers are soaked with water, they lose their white pigmentation and turn into magnificent crystal-clear flowers. Once they dry out, the coloring slowly returns and the flowers turn powdery white again. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/plants-science-news/skeleton-flower-magically-transforms-into-glassy-crystal-clear-blossoms-when-it-rains
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The Aztec Death Whistle and the sound of a thousand ghouls they make

The Aztec Death Whistle and the sound of a thousand ghouls they make | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
For decades, archaeologists thought the ancient Aztec Death Whistles were nothing more than disturbing skull-shaped toys for little Aztec kids. They studied how they looked, how they were made, and where they were found. But nobody thought to blow into one. When they did, they found that the creepy clay objects made a spine-chilling noise described by one archaeologist as “the scream of a thousand corpses”. Yeah, they’re that creepy. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/history/aztec-death-whistle-what-used-for
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Here's what happens to blood when one drop of snake venom is mixed with it

Here's what happens to blood when one drop of snake venom is mixed with it | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
The Russell’s Snake Viper is not only very aggressive, but it is very poisonous. For the lucky few that survive, they face a lifetime of chronic internal injuries as a result of the venomous bite. Why does the bite of the Russell’s Snake Viper do so much damage? Because it causes the blood of the victim to coagulate. Do what? Check out the creepy video below which shows what happens to blood when a single drop of snake venom is mixed with it. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/animal-kingdom/heres-happens-blood-one-drop-snake-venom-mixed
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Our newest hero! Historic first landing on a comet - hold on tight Philae!

Our newest hero! Historic first landing on a comet - hold on tight Philae! | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Today the European Space Agency’s Philae comet probe became the first spacecraft to land on a comet! Philae has been hitching a ride on Rosetta spacecraft as it travelled over 317 million miles on its 10-year journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (sorry kids, nerdy scientists name these things, not me). Scientists believe Philae landed successfully (bounced actually) but failed to launch the harpoons that were intended to anchor it to the Comet 67P/C-G. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/historic-first-landing-on-comet-philae-lands-on-comet-67p
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What are the bright flashes coming from Ceres, the dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter?

What are the bright flashes coming from Ceres, the dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter? | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
The dwarf planet, Ceres, continues to puzzle NASA scientists as its Dawn spacecraft approaches the planet to begin its orbit around the mysterious object. The latest images from Dawn were taken about 29,000 miles away from Ceres and have revealed two mysterious bright flashes of light on the planet’s surface. The two bright spots of light appear next to each other in the bottom of a huge crater or volcanic depression. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/what-are-the-bright-flashes-coming-from-ceres-the-dwarf-planet-between-mars-and-jupiter
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Optical illusion - the Blue and Black Dress (or the white and gold dress?)

Optical illusion - the Blue and Black Dress (or the white and gold dress?) | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
You may find this surprising but to some crazy people, the dress above appears to be black and blue. To other, more rational, sane people, the dress appears to be white and gold. The intense debate over the color of the White and Gold Dress has taken the Internet by storm as families and friends argue over the true color of this unusual dress. Actually, the dress itself is not the trick – it’s the lighting. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/medical-science-news/optical-illusion-blue-and-black-dress-white-and-gold-dress
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The amazing Snapdragon Flower Seed Pod looks like a human skull

The amazing Snapdragon Flower Seed Pod looks like a human skull | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
They’re beautiful when alive but once they shrivel up and die, things get a bit creepy. Meet the Snapdragon flower seed pod which bears the stark appearance of a human skull (or a human face screaming in agony). http://reekoscience.com/science-news/plants-science-news/snapdragon-flower-seed-pod-looks-like-human-skull-or-screaming-face
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Alessandro Volta and how "volts" came to be named after him

Alessandro Volta and how "volts" came to be named after him | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Alessandro Volta was an Italian physicist who was a great pioneer in the field of electricity. The electric unit known as “volts” was named in honor of him. http://reekoscience.com/science-tips/alessandro-volta-volts-battery
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Monster? Sea Serpent? Alien? No- it's a rare creature from the deep - the terrifying frilled shark

Monster? Sea Serpent? Alien? No- it's a rare creature from the deep - the terrifying frilled shark | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Wait – sit back down! It’s not an alien nor closet ghost but yeah, with 25 rows of over 300 teeth it could tear off your face. The picture above is a rare frilled shark that was caught by a startled fisherman in Australia. Its oversized-mouth is packed with needle-like teeth and the shark’s weird-looking 6-foot body looks like an eel’s giving it a bizarre sea-serpent-like appearance. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/animal-kingdom/terrifying-unusual-looking-frilled-shark-caught-off-australia-coast
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Scientists discover "tissue-paper" fish at record oceanic depth in Mariana Trench

Scientists discover "tissue-paper" fish at record oceanic depth in Mariana Trench | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
It has a clear, translucent body, broad wing-like fins, and a flowing “tissue-paper-like” tail – and set a new record for the deepest fish ever recorded! It was captured on film in the Mariana Trench by a camera in a robotic submarine. Unfortunately, no scientists were around as the fish swam slowly past the camera, stopped and waved, and continued on its merry little way. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/animal-kingdom/scientists-discover-tissue-paper-fish-snailfish-record-oceanic-depth-mariana-trench
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Diamond encrusted rock discovered in Russian mine contains an estimated 30,000 diamonds!

Diamond encrusted rock discovered in Russian mine contains an estimated 30,000 diamonds! | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Miners in Russia’s Udachnaya diamond mine received a nice little Christmas surprise when they pulled a highly unusual and very rare diamond encrusted rock from the ground a few weeks back. The rock is about the size of a ping-pong ball and contains an estimated (hold on to your seat!) – 30,000 diamonds! Unfortunately, the diamonds’ small size makes them only useful for mouse jewelry so the miners graciously donated the rock to science. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/geology/diamond-encrusted-rock-discovered-russian-mine-contains-estimated-30000-diamonds
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Check out the remarkable photos of hikers walking on crystal-clear lake ice

Check out the remarkable photos of hikers walking on crystal-clear lake ice | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
38-year-old Slovak hiker Tomas Nanuk made a short video of him and his friends walking across the crystal clear ice of an incredible frozen lake while hiking up Slovakia’s High Tatras mountain range. Showing hikers who look like they’re walking on thin air, the video, titled “Walking on beautiful clean ice in Slovakian Mountains,” was posted on YouTube last week. Reeko’s included a few screen shots from the video in the pictorial below. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/weather/remarkable-photos-slovak-hikers-walking-on-crystal-clear-lake-ice
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NASA spots odd circular structure in middle of Mars lava flows

NASA spots odd circular structure in middle of Mars lava flows | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory published a perplexing photo yesterday along with the question, “What is this enigmatic landform?” The photo shows a large, 1.2 mile wide, circular structure (the lab rats think it’s a a giant mutant Martian amoeba) surrounded by a sea of smooth-looking lava flows. NASA scientists believe the mound may be lava that has pushed up beneath the lava flow. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/nasa-spots-odd-circular-structure-middle-mars-lava-flows
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See the intercontinental path of two birds on their epic migration from Europe to Africa

The guys over at 422 South have done it again providing us a wonderful “data-visualization” of the migratory path of the European honey buzzard. The European honey buzzard, also known as the pern, migrates every year from Europe to the warmer coasts of Africa where it spends the winter months soaking in the warm sun and sipping on drinks with little umbrellas in them. The visual above shows the remarkable flight paths of two such honey buzzards, a male and a female. http://reekoscience.com/science-news/animal-kingdom/see-intercontinental-path-two-birds-epic-migration-europe-africa
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Comet 67P/C-G sings us an alien song - and it freaks Reeko out

Comet 67P/C-G sings us an alien song - and it freaks Reeko out | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
While the Philae probe naps on the surface of Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists found that the comet is singing a lullaby to the sleepy little probe – albeit not quite the sweet soothing melody your mother sings. http://reekoscience.com/uncategorized/comet-67p-churyumov-gerasimenko-sings-music-song
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Flashing smoke and fire from Uranus is no laughing matter

Flashing smoke and fire from Uranus is no laughing matter | Reeko Science | Scoop.it
Scientists using the W. M. Keck II Telescope in August captured some pretty amazing pictures of eight massive bright spots on Uranus. Appearing to be massive firestorms, the bright spots are actually the wavelength of storms in the Uranus atmosphere. Scientists believe the flashes of light are caused by methane gas rising into the atmosphere, freezing into crystals, and then reflecting sunlight away from the planet. The strength of the storms are highly unusual – the intensity of which are normally only seen once every four decades during Uranus’s 42-year equinox (which peaked last in 2007). http://reekoscience.com/science-news/space/flashing-smoke-fire-uranus-laughing-matter
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