Hubble has been sending Earth some epic photos. What a difference between 1997 and 2015!

Galaxies crash into each other in space. Here's why you should care.

Space. It's easy to think of it as this static entity, a quiet vacuum, that never really changes save for the occasional shooting star...

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...but really, there's a lot of drama happening.

The scrappy Hubble telescope's new camera system, which includes the Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys, is ready to blow the lid on all the space drama.

Hubble recently sent Earth one of the most detailed space photos of the Twin Jet Nebula, a binary star system that also goes by the name of PN M2-9.

Watch as 1997 turns in to 2015, with all the awesome color spectrum to go along with it. With new technology comes better images and better access and better understanding of space drama!

1997:

2015:

Is this a lava lamp? No, it's real life.

Then there's the NGC 6240. It's two galaxies and two black holes that are joining together to form an even bigger black hole (and possibly a bigger galaxy).

Seven years ago it was all browns and blues...


...now it's all detailed with pinks and purples! The folks at Hubble say it looks like a lobster.

This is what two black holes joining into a black hole look like. Lobster!

Whoa!

What a plot twist.

Will this lobster-esque galaxy collision be galactic cannibalism, which is an actual satisfactual scientific term describing situations where the colliding galaxies actually eat each other?!

Or will it be more like galaxy harassment, where one galaxy pretty dramatically flies into another? They are two black holes colliding ... so stay tuned.

Or is it all just a galaxy dance, where all the stars are Martha Graham-ing their way towards a new beginning? That's not a scientific term, but I do like to think about it.

Much like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, some great stars are just destined to meet.


They grow closer with each passing year! Image via Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons.

And the reality is, even our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is destined to collide with the Andromeda galaxy in about 5 billion years.

And though we'll all be longer than long gone when it happens, with the help of this new camera and generations of science, we know a little more about THAT before-and-after ... and everything in between.

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There's a difference between dieting and being healthy, and often times, overattention to what you consume can lead to disordered eating. Eating disorders are dangerous and can affect anyone, but they're especially concerning in adolescents. Which is why WW (formerly Weight Watchers) is facing intense criticism for its new app, Kurbo, targeted toward kids ages eight to 17.

The app uses a traffic light system to tell kids which foods are a "green light" and can be eaten as much as they want, which foods are a "yellow light" and should be consumed with caution, and which "red light" foods they should probably avoid.

It seems like a simple system to teach kids what's good for them and what's not, but it regulates kids' diets in an unhealthy way. Gaining weight is a normal, healthy part of child development. Putting on a few pounds means your body is doing what it's supposed to do. While the app classifies foods with too much fat or calories as "red," children need to consume some of these foods to develop their brain.

WW is calling the app "common sense." As Gary Foster, the chief science officer of WW, puts it, items in the red foods category "aren't foods that should be encouraged in kids' diets, but they also shouldn't be vilified or demonized, and there has to be a system that's simple and science-based that highlights that so everyone in the family can understand."

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Lisa is a lifelong bird enthusiast who goes by the name Ostdrossel on social media. A few years ago, the Germany native moved to Michigan and was fascinated by the new birds she encountered.

Upon arriving in the winter, she fell in love with the goldfinches, cardinals, and Blue Jays. Then in the spring, she was taken by the hummingbirds.

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Service dogs are invaluable to their owners because they are able to help in so many different ways.

They're trained to retrieve dropped Items, open and close doors, help their owners remove their clothes, transport medications, navigate busy areas such as airports, provide visual assistance, and even give psychological help.

The service dog trainers at K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs in Canada want those who require service dogs to live the fullest life possible, so they're training dogs on how to attend a theatrical performance.

The adorable photos of the dogs made their way to social media where they quickly went viral.

On August 15, a dozen dogs from Golden Retrievers to poodles, were treated to a performance of "Billy Elliott" at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. This was a special "relaxed performance" featuring quieter sound effects and lighting, designed for those with sensory issues.

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"It's important to prepare the dogs for any activity the handler may like to attend," Laura Mackenzie, owner and head trainer at K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, told CBC.

"The theater gives us the opportunity to expose the dogs to different stimuli such as lights, loud noises, and movement of varying degrees," she continued. "The dogs must remain relaxed in tight quarters for an extended period of time."

The dogs got to enjoy the show from their own seats and took a break with everyone else during intermission. They were able to familiarize themselves with the theater experience so they know how to navigate through crowds and fit into tight bathroom stalls.

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"About a dozen dogs came to our relaxed performance, and they were all extremely well-behaved," says Stratford Festival spokesperson Ann Swerdfager. "I was in the lobby when they came in, then they took their seats, then got out of their seats at intermission and went back — all of the things we learn as humans when we start going to the theater."

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The dogs' great performance at the trial run means that people who require service animals can have the freedom to enjoy special experiences like going to the theater.

"It's wonderful that going to the theater is considered one of the things that you want to train a service dog for, rather than thinking that theater is out of reach for people who require a service animal, because it isn't," Swerdfager said.

The Stratford Festival runs through Nov. 10 and features productions of "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "The Neverending Story," "Othello," "Billy Elliot," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Crucible" and more.

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