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It's official: The weird, aurora-like STEVE is a totally unique celestial phenomenon

While the Northern Lights danced and shone in the night sky last Labor Day weekend, Skywatcher may have spotted a pink streak amidst the dazzling display in places like Alaska and Canada. But this pink ribbon is not an aurora – it's STEVE! STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement) is a spectacular and colorful celestial phenomenon that was first discovered …

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The weird star zooming out of our galaxy is the fastest of its kind ever seen

Astronomers have discovered a new star, which is the fastest of its kind in the Milky Way. ScienceAlert reports that the star is zooming from its center through our galaxy at an astonishing speed of about 1,056 miles per second. "We actually discovered the star by accident," said astronomer Daniel Zucker of Macquarie University to ScienceAlert. As Sugar told Science …

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BBC – Future – The weird science in your sourdough

In a room with refrigerators in Belgium live more than 110 glasses of flour, water and magic. At least you could sometimes think of sourdough starters, of bacteria and yeast cultures that bakers mix into doughs Instead of commercial yeast, a bread of delicious complexity is produced, which, depending on the recipe, has a pungent acidity or a firm creaminess. …

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The weird "superorganism" keeps this "vampire" tree alive

It sounds like something that comes directly from "Stranger Things," but a forest "superorganism" keeps an almost dead tree stump alive. The stump of a kauri tree in New Zealand still lives on thanks to a network "My colleague Martin Bader and I came across this kauri stump when we were hiking in West Auckland," said one of the researchers …

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