Mysterious hog farm explosions continue to baffle scientists

A gelatinous goop that resembles melted brown Nerf is emitting from hog manure and causing explosions in southern Minnesota and Iowa. More than 1,500 pigs have died and scientists are baffled. Wired Science takes a closer look.
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A gelatinous goop that resembles melted brown Nerf is emitting from hog manure and causing explosions in southern Minnesota and Iowa. More than 1,500 pigs have died and scientists are baffled. Wired Science takes a closer look.

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