Horses are so last century: ride a moose instead!
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Horses are so last century: ride a moose instead!


Domestication of moose was investigated in the Soviet Union before World War II. Russia thought of using moose as pack animals as well as meat, skin and milk cattle. But "moose-farming" turned out not to be profitable enough

 



A space selfie, by Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide
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A space selfie, by Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide


Aki Hoshide immortalized a bright sunny day of 2012 during which he and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (visible in the reflections of Hoshide's helmet visor) underwent a session of extravehicular activity outside the International Space Station

 



Naked mole rats can survive up to 18 mn without oxygen
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Naked mole rats can survive up to 18 mn without oxygen


Naked mole rats are the superheroes of lab animals. They show few signs of aging, are resistant to some types of pain, and almost never get cancer! But in 2017, scientists have discovered another superpower: they can live up to 18 mn without oxygen! They do that by essentially switching their bodies from using one fuel (glucose) to another (fructose)

 



Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
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Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.


 



Calcite displays some amazing optical properties
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Calcite displays some amazing optical properties


Calcite crystals occasionally show phosphorescence or fluorescence, but they are also display birefringence (or double refraction). This strong birefringence causes objects viewed through a clear piece of calcite to appear doubled!

 



A fern rhizome under a microscope
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A fern rhizome under a microscope


This is a vascular bundle of Pterídium aquilínum: it's basically the blood vessels of plants!

 



The evolution of average annual temperatures between 1860 and 2016
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The evolution of average annual temperatures between 1860 and 2016


 



The solar eclipse of November 3 2013, as observed from space
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The solar eclipse of November 3 2013, as observed from space


This eclipse was classified as a hybrid eclipse because it started out as an annular eclipse and became a total eclipse over equatorial Africa

 



A question of perspective
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A question of perspective


 



Swans can mate for life since they are 20 months old
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Swans can mate for life since they are 20 months old


Although swans only reach sexual maturity between 4 and 7 years of age, they can form socially monogamous pair bonds from as early as 20 months that last for many years, and in some cases these can last for life

 



The proboscius monkey is a great jumper
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The proboscius monkey is a great jumper


Nasalis larvatus is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey with an unusually large nose. It is endemic to the southeast Asian island of Borneo

 



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A drone ballet show at Mt Fuji


 



This is the reconstruction of René Descartes' brain
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This is the reconstruction of René Descartes’ brain


Using a state-of-the-art scanning system, a French team of researchers has successfully reconstructed Descartes' brain from the philosopher's skull. Their findings were published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences on July 2017

 



Burned bread, put into the oven 2000 years ago
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Burned bread, put into the oven 2000 years ago


It was found in Herculanum and was petrified by the Vesuvius eruption

 



Beautiful iridescent clouds
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Beautiful iridescent clouds


Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon caused by small water droplets or small ice crystals individually scattering light. It is a fairly common phenomenon