The largest structure in the universe is called the Hercules-Corona Borealis Great Wall or Great Gamma Ray Burst Wall. A gamma ray burst is the brightest electromagnetic event in the universe and is believed to be the result of dying stars within distant galaxies ultra-energetic explosion of gamma-ray radiation. The wall seems to be getting bigger and its existence boggles the minds of even scientists! Another object of similar magnitude is a supercluster which isn't even an object but rather a region of an absence of matter!
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This is a satellite view from 2013 of an 8 square mile island located just northwest of Crete and is home to only a population of about 50 people. Steep, limestone cliffs line most of the island and the island has a rather long history both on and around it. The Antikythera mechanism, believed to be the world's first computer, was discovered in a shipwreck off the coast of this island.
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The birth of a baby hippo named Obi (meaning heart in Nigerian Igbo language) in late May/early June at Melbourne Zoo in Victoria Australia was the first male calf born there since 1981. This video shows him splashing around in his first swim in the big pool. The pygmy hippo is an endangered species facing habitat loss and illegal poaching. Obi is expected to grow to only a quarter of the height and weight of a full-sized hippo.
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1000 musicians gathered in Italy to perform the Foo Fighters' hit song Learn to Fly as part of an effort to bring the band to Cesena (a northern city with a population of about 100,000) The event was first organized last year and was made possible through crowdfunding which raised more than $50,000 for the performance. It turns out their efforts were successful as the band later tweeted "See you soon, Cesena" in Italian along with a link to their video. The extra info was found here: www.theverge.com
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It turns out the golden jackal which lives in East Africa and Eurasia is actually 2 different species and one of them is actually a new species of wolf now known as the African golden wolf. Scientists have wondered whether golden jackals were more than one species for years.
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She's actually 4 different squirrels depending on the day and is an eastern grey squirrel with a Facebook page with 35000 likes. Maya Kruppa, known as the "campus squirrel whisperer" dresses the squirrels up and takes their picture to post on FB and has been doing so since 2012.
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