Hungry Snake Picked The Wrong Dinner

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Researchers on Golem Grad Island, Macedonia, stumbled upon a rather intriguing and wholly disgusting find whilst looking for snakes – a dead young viper with the head of a huge centipede protruding through its body. What a way to go! The report has been briefly described in the journal Ecologica Montenegrina. Nose-horned vipers are venomous snakes found in southern Europe, the Balkans and certain parts of the Middle East. They can grow up to 95 centimeters and possess a characteristic “horn” on the snout, hence the name. They’re also considered to be the most dangerous European viper because their venom is highly toxic, but they’re a pretty docile species that tend to only bite when provoked.” w/ photos

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World’s First Driving Dog

“Dogs this smart deserve a home. Every year, the SPCA need to find homes for thousands of dogs just like Porter – dogs who have been abused, abandoned, or just forgotten. Our dogs may be a motley bunch, but they’re all smart and they’re all lovable. So please don’t forget about them. Adopt them.” — Drivingdogs

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6-Year-Old Skates Under 39 Cars

“Gagan Satish is a six-year-old boy who is a roller skater from Bangalore, India. He flattened himself and passed underneath 39 cars, squeezing in a space of seven inches above the ground on his roller skates. Gagan covered the distance in 29.8 seconds and emerged unscathed from the 20 centimeters of space underneath the SUVs. This feat has landed Gagan to stake claim for an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. The wonder kid, who goes to a primary school, began skating at the age of three, harnessing his extreme flexibility to master and specialize in limbo- skating. Gagan’s father, Rajanna Satish, who runs an washing machine service center, too was ecstatic over his son’s feat.” — Barcroft TV

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10k-Year-Old Rock Paintings Depicting Aliens & UFOs

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Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region… ‘The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. Extensive research is needed for further findings. Chhattisgarh presently doesn’t have any such expert who could give clarity on the subject,’ Bhagat told TOI.” w/ photos

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World’s Oldest Bottle Of Mineral Water

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The world’s oldest bottle of mineral water has been uncovered from the depths of the Baltic Sea by Polish. The 200-year-old flask, described as in a ‘good condition and still corked’, has the name ‘Selters’ inscribed in its stoneware. Polish archaeologists found the 12 inch bottle in shipwreck lying 40ft below water in the Gdańsk Bay close to the Polish coast… Apart from the ancient flask, the team managed to recover parts of ceramics, a small bowl and a few pieces of dinnerware.” w/ photos + videos

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Scientists Discover Alien Color So Dark The Human Eye Can’t See It

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“A British company has produced a ‘strange, alien’ material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. To stare at the “super black” coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.” w/ photos

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Dubai To Build The Biggest Mall On The Planet

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“Dubai is already home to the tallest tower in the world, so it was just a matter of time until the glitzy emirate planned another record-breaking construction. Its next project involves building the largest shopping mall om the planet, complete with climate-controlled streets, the world’s largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments. In fact, the ambitious emirate has dubbed the project a ‘temperature-controlled pedestrian city’. Occupying 48 million square feet, the Mall of the World will also contain health resorts, theatres, a Celebration Steet modelled on the Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona and ‘retail streets network’ that will stretch over four-and-a-half miles.” w/ photos

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U.S Seen As Biggest Oil Producer After Overtaking Saudi Arabia

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The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report today. The country became the world’s largest natural gas producer in 2010. The International Energy Agency said in June that the U.S. was the biggest producer of oil and natural gas liquids. “The U.S. increase in supply is a very meaningful chunk of oil,” Francisco Blanch, the bank’s head of commodities research, said by phone from New York. “The shale boom is playing a key role in the U.S. recovery. If the U.S. didn’t have this energy supply, prices at the pump would be completely unaffordable.” w/ photos

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A Way To Fix Faulty Genes

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Scientists from many areas of biology are flocking to a technique that allows them to work inside cells, making changes in specific genes far faster — and for far less money — than ever before. ‘It’s really powerful, it’s a really exciting development,’ says of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He won the in 2006 for that also lets scientists modify how genes work. But, Mello says, this new genetic tool – known as CRISPR for — is more powerful, ‘because now you can essentially change a genome at will to almost anything you want. The sky’s the limit.” w/ photos

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