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Bubble-Blowing Wasp

Several of the industrious insects were recently observed with droplets dangling from their mouths. Turns out, they were removing excess moisture from their nest by hoovering up water and then expelling it as minuscule water globes, which makes the wasps look like they’re blowing perfectly round bubbles.

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Huge Jelly Blobs Spotted Off Norway Coast

Giant, jelly-like blobs have been sighted off the western coast of Norway, but the identities of these mysterious objects have scientists stumped.

The blobs are about 3.3 feet (1 meter) in diameter and are translucent, except for a strange dark streak running through their center, Science Nordic reported. No one knows what they are, or what made them.

The Norwegian blobs could be squid egg masses, but their appearance is different from any squid egg sac that has been identified before now. Researchers suggest the mystery could be solved by doing an DNA test on the jelly and compare the results to known DNA codes.

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A photographer experienced a magical moment near Swansea, Wales, this weekend as the sea glowed and glimmered an otherworldly blue. The glow that lit Three Cliffs Bay near Swansea that night came from tiny plankton that emit their own light. Many species of plankton glow, and blue is the most common color for their self-made light; blue is the wavelength of light that travels the farthest through water.

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Tree stump on Mars?

NASA reports that the image was taken by the Mastcam onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Although it may be just one of the many rocks found on the Red Planet, it has been suggested that it could be the petrified remnants of a Martian tree.

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Researchers working in the South Pacific have captured stunning footage of a deep-sea jellyfish that looks like a flying saucer with tentacles. Marine biologists working on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Okeanos Explorer spotted this beautiful jelly at Utu Seamount in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

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Residents in Singapore were treated to a truly unusual phenomenon, as a so-called fire rainbow lit up the sky in the city-state. NASA says that fire rainbows are actually called circumhorizon arcs, which are created by a unique set of circumstances. A spokesman said: “The sun must be at least 58 degrees high in a sky where cirrus clouds are present. Furthermore, the numerous, flat, hexagonal ice-crystals that compose the cirrus cloud must be aligned horizontally to properly refract sunlight like a single gigantic prism. Therefore, circumhorizon arcs are quite unusual to see.”

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