A super-rare animal is seen again after 60 years!

Plus, a great dog.
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Fun Trivia:

What is the biggest dog in the world?

Hint: He was a great big boye!


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

US climate assessment shows worsening warming | Weather.com

“Revved-up climate change now permeates Americans’ daily lives with harm that is ‘already far-reaching and worsening across every region of the United States,’ a massive new government report says. The National Climate Assessment, which comes out every four to five years, was just released with details that bring climate change's impacts down to a local level. Overall, it paints a picture of a country warming about 60% faster than the world as a whole, one that regularly gets smacked with costly weather disasters and faces even bigger problems in the future.”

Pair Eyewear raises $75M in Series C funding [Partner]

Pair’s viral frames have caught the eyes of consumers and investors alike, recently raising $75M in Series C funding. So, what sets these glasses apart from others on the market? Top Frames. Their ultra-thin magnetic Tops come in 1,000s of bold colors, polarized Sun Tops, and unique designs and instantly snap onto the Base Frame of your choice. [Ad]

A second big bang? The radical idea rewriting dark matter’s origins | New Scientist

“Pop the kettle on. Sit down and listen closely to the bubbles of water vapor as they expand, collapse and collide. You have just run an experiment simulating the big bang – the very origin of the universe – and you may also have solved the mystery of how the cosmos got its dark matter. Well, sort of. Because by mulling over colliding bubbles on a cosmological scale, physicists are finding cause for speculation about fresh sparks of cosmic creation. It is possible, they say, that in the weeks after the big bang there was a second, similarly profound moment of transformation. This one may have spawned monstrous shadow particles trillions of times the mass of those that make up normal matter and could make sense of the mysterious, invisible matter that seems to hold galaxies together.”

Ultra-white ceramic cools buildings with record-high 99.6% reflectivity | New Atlas

“Scientists in Hong Kong have demonstrated a new ultra-white ceramic material that can drastically cool buildings by reflecting sunlight and heat at record highs. The beetle-inspired material gets its ability from its nanostructure, stays tough to the elements and should be relatively easy to scale up for production.”

Toybox | StackSocial

We can all agree that, as kids, the coolest toys were the ones we made on our own — from LEGO towers to Play-Doh animals. Kids these days have the opportunity to tap into those same creative and STEM skills but on a totally new level. The Toybox 3D Printer brings out the little engineer in kids (and, let’s face it, in you) with simple functionality and unlimited ways to create. Kids (or, again, you…) can choose from a catalog of popular characters or create unique designs in the companion app and send them off to print. No idea what to get your nieces and nephews this year? Give a gift that keeps on giving — and keeps them out of Mom and Dad’s hair for a bit. Win-win. [Ad]

The rediscovery of an iconic species | Expedition Cyclops

“Deep in the Cyclops Mountains, a lost species of egg-laying mammal has finally been rediscovered by science after more than 60 years. This is the first ever video recorded of Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna, captured by remote trail cameras during Expedition Cyclops. ‘Lost’ for over sixty years, this footage proves that this extraordinary egg-laying mammal survives in the Cyclops Mountains, the only place it has ever been seen.”

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The answer: Zeus, a Great Dane

The answer: Zeus, a Great Dane

According to USA Today: “The biggest dog in the world by height was Zeus, a Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan. According to the Guinness World Records, Zeus was 44 inches tall and 7 feet, 4 inches on his hind legs. Despite his intimidating height, Zeus’ owner Kevin Doorlag said he regularly visited schools and hospitals as a therapy dog. Zeus died at age 5 in September 2014.”