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Baby stars, Fatbergs, Lightning balloons & Red-hot chili peppers

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A dose of unusual, bizarre and amazing science stories from around the globe.

We all know babies are cute, but here's one that is literally out of this world. Astronomers in Chili used a new telescope to capture the birth of a baby star. The newborn is seen here unleashing a blast of colorful gas. It has yet to be named and is 1400 light years from Earth.

You've probably seen pictures of an iceberg, but what about a "Fatberg"? They're real and recently in London a 15 ton Fatberg of congealed lard mixed with thousands of baby wipes was blamed for clogging a sewer tunnel. Officials at Thames Water say grease and lard poured down drains and toilets is not an environmentally friendly disposal method especially when it creates a giant Double-Decker bus sized ball of goo.

Well it's bye-bye kites and hello balloons. Ben Franklin would be so proud of researchers at the University of Florida where the study of lightning has been taken to a whole new level. Cloud to ground lightning is generated when weather balloons with long metal tails are launched into thunderheads. Cameras on the ground capture the colorful strikes in an effort to better understand the physics of lightning. And what better place than Florida? After all it is the lightning capital of North America.

And finally, a man in Mexico believed he could outwit drug sniffing dogs by burying himself in red-hot chili peppers. No, not the band...the vegetable. His cover was a truck load of the spicy treats headed to the US. He found out the hard way that using chili peppers to cover his scent is just a myth. US customs dogs quickly sniffed him out at the border crossing in New Mexico and sent him home. By the way his destination was Chicago.

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