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  1. NASA Releases Incredible New Footage of the Sun Spewing Stuff Into Space

    Hey, at least when people watch my bodily functions, they don't have to worry about going blind.

    Last weekend NASA released this footage taken by the agency's newest sun observer, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS. The video shows a highly impressive coronal mass ejection (CME) in which giant clouds of solar material are expelled into space—kind of like a burp, but way more majestic.

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  2. Stare At The Sun All You Like With Spectacular New Images From IRIS

    Carol never wore her safety goggles. Now she's missing out on some awesome space pics.

    Ever since IRIS opened its telescopic doors on July 17th of this year, it's been hard at work getting us awesome photos of the Sun so scientists can get a better look at its surface. We saw the telescope's very first pictures about four months ago, but they were still kind of rough at that stage. Now we've got better ones, and boy, are they gorgeous.

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  3. Check Out the First Amazing Pictures of the Sun from NASA’s IRIS

    NASA stares into the Sun so you don't have to.

    NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite has been open for less than two weeks, and already it's returned the first images from its mission to study the Sun's atmosphere. The combined ultraviolet telescope and spectrograph is pulling in amazing views as well as valuable data on energy transfer in the Sun's interface region.

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  4. The IRIS Telescope Opens Its Eye to Space

    We're one step closer to pretty space pictures in our inbox!

    In exciting space news, the door on NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) telescope is open. The door was successfully opened by the IRIS Lockheed Martin team today at 2:14 PM EDT, and it's a pretty major milestone for the IRIS in its 60-day checkout period. When that's over on August 26th, the instrument will go into "normal science mode" and we can probably expect some lovely images shortly there after.

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  5. NASA Announces New Satellite To Study Sun’s Mysterious Interface Region

    The ill-understood area of the Sun could be responsible for keeping it -- and by extension, us -- hot.

    Later this month, NASA is set to launch their spanking new solar study satellite, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), a tool meant to capture data about the interface region, an area that lies just above the surface of the sun that plays a key role in intensifying the incredible temperatures of the corona, the Sun's outer atmosphere. Just how it accomplishes that, though, is unclear -- that's why we're sending a satellite, guys!

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  6. Finally: Baby Clothes Take a Stand Against Music Piracy

    Indie music distribution firm IRIS [Independent Recording Industry Services] has enlisted newborn babies in the fight against music piracy. The above onesie, which reads "I share everything but my music," was designed by illustrator and animator S. britt of Yo Gabba Gabba! and Nick Jr. fame. Hypebot is suspicious of the underlying child-indoctrinating message:
    The campaign is a cutesy way to start the conversation about music piracy with kids. But does the rabbit seem a little conceited? Does the raccoon resemble a thief? And if that orange is an MP3, the rabbit appears too stuck-up to take it.
    The shirt costs $14.99 and is also available in youth sizes. (Hypebot via TorrentFreak | T-shirt page)

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