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Look how cute giraffes are when they sleep (hint: they use their butt for a pillow)

They tower nearly two stories tall (up to 20 feet), weigh well over 2,000 pounds, and stand on long, lanky legs that let them reach speeds up to 40 mph. But with such a massive, gangly frame, how do they lay down to sleep? First, to lie down, the giraffe kneels on its front legs, folding them under its body, and then lowers its body to the ground, sort of like an accordion. Getting back up is pretty much the opposite process – the giraffe first gets on its knees and then spreads its hind legs to raise its back-end to full height. Then they straighten their front legs and viola, they’re back upright again. Luckily giraffes don’t have to do this awkward routine very…
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Wonderful, beautiful, striking pictures of ice that look like works of art

Water, frozen into a solid state - we see it on the ground in the winter, on top of mountains, and in our refrigerators – but how often have you thought about how marvelous ice is? In our Solar System, ice is abundant and found naturally on most of the planets. On Earth, it plays a key role in our water cycle and climate. And yes, it can be beautiful! Check out the pictorial gallery below for wonderfully striking images of ice sculptures found all around us.  Click on a picture to start the gallery.
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Reeko’s salute to the wonderful (and funny) world of animals

They can be scary, ugly, cute, and funny. They’re a critical part of our ecosystem, required for the very survival of mankind – animals! Here’s Reeko’s salute to those fuzzy (and feathery) creatures we all love oh so much.  Check out the animal pictorial below (click picture for larger version).
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Cool science pictures that make you go “huh?”

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  In these interesting science pictures, they are worth a single word – “huh?”.  Check out the cool science pictures below.  If they don’t cause you to scratch your head in wonder, they will at least put things in perspective. The sun in a different light This picture of the sun was taken using a different wavelength filter giving us an entirely different perspective.   How big is the moon? The surface area of the moon is million square kilometers.  How big is that?  Here’s a true-scale image of the United States superimposed over the moon.   How do astronauts eat in space? Below is a food tray used aboard the Space Shuttle.  Notice the…
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The Northern and Southern Lights (Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis)

An Aurora is a beautiful natural light display in the sky that occurs above the magnetic poles in the northern and southern hemispheres (in the Arctic or Antarctic regions).  In northern areas of the world, the lights are known as aurora borealis (or northern lights).  In southern areas, the lights are known as aurora australis (or southern lights).  The northern lights are often visible in Alaska, Russia, and Canada.  The southern lights are often visible from Antarctica, South America, New Zealand, and Australia.  During a  geomagnetic storm, the lights can spread to other lower latitude areas. The northern and southern lights are caused by energetic charged particles from the sun colliding with gas particles in the sky.  These charged particles arrive from the sun via…
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