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Mysterious, Gross Yellow Fluff Balls Wash Up on French Shores
Mysterious, Gross Yellow Fluff Balls Wash Up on French Shores

Image courtesy Sea-Mer Association Hundreds of yellow, fluffy blobs of mystery material have washed up on the shores of northern ...

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Did Life Begin on Land Rather Than in the Sea?
Did Life Begin on Land Rather Than in the Sea?

Stromatolites. For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landsc...

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World's Second Largest Rough Diamond Too Big to Sell
World's Second Largest Rough Diamond Too Big to Sell

Lesedi la Rona is the largest diamond discovered in more than a century, and the second-biggest ever found. A Canadian diamond-mining...

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Underwater Photos That Show the Growing Gap Between Two Tectonic Plates
Underwater Photos That Show the Growing Gap Between Two Tectonic Plates

Growing gap: Alex Mustard, dived 80ft into the crevice between the North American and Eurasian plates near Iceland to capture these spect...

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Nickel Is Crucial for Earth's Magnetic Field
Nickel Is Crucial for Earth's Magnetic Field

Earth creates its own magnetic field, suggests new research. Scientists are changing our idea of the Earth's magnetic field: iron ...

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Glass Could Be a Mysterious New State of Matter
Glass Could Be a Mysterious New State of Matter

The mysterious new phase of matter that could show how glass behaves  New research solves a long-standing mystery about glass—and a my...

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Earth Is on Its Way to the Biggest Mass Extinction Since the Dinosaurs
Earth Is on Its Way to the Biggest Mass Extinction Since the Dinosaurs

Earth Is on Its Way to the Biggest Mass Extinction Since the Dinosaurs From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands ...

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Crystals Help Volcanoes Cope With Pressure
Crystals Help Volcanoes Cope With Pressure

Vitrified Volcanic Ash (pyroclastic igneous rock). Crystal networks in magma can act like guard rails to funnel gas out University o...

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118 Trillion Cubic Feet of Gas Buried in Rock
118 Trillion Cubic Feet of Gas Buried in Rock

So-called “unconventional” deposits of oil and gas are found in shale, a type of layered, fine grained rock. Dana283/Shutterstock A Tim...

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