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One Of America's Oldest Coal Companies Just Filed For Bankruptcy

One Of America's Oldest Coal Companies Just Filed For BankruptcyFacing declining demand and saddled with mounting debt, one of the oldest and



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'Shocking' die-off of Africa's oldest baobabs: study

'Shocking' die-off of Africa's oldest baobabs: studySome of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees — a few dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks — have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, researchers said Monday. The baobab is the biggest and longest-living flowering tree, according to the research team.



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The world's oldest recorded spider built herself a hole, then just stayed there till age 43

The world's oldest recorded spider built herself a hole, then just stayed there till age 43Just how many walking sticks would an elderly spider require? SEE ALSO: 5 common groceries made from microorganisms Researchers in Australia monitored what is most likely the world's oldest spider on record, who died at age 43, outstripping the previous record-holder, a 28-year-old tarantula. The lead researcher, Leanda Mason, said of the spider in question, "to our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded, and her significant life has allowed us to further investigate the trapdoor spider’s behaviour and population dynamics,” according to a press release. A sedentary creature, the female
Gaius villosus trapdoor spider builds itself a tunnel in the ground and stays there, seldom wandering too far from its hidey-hole. Sounds pretty ideal to be honest. Some people online were confused as to how the researchers knew the spider's age. HOW DO YOU KNOW IT WAS THE OLDEST SPIDER, HAVE YOU ASKED ALL THE OTHERS THEIR AGE? t.co/b5ls7v4p31 — Christine Best (@tinajaneb33) April 28, 2018 You just have to look it up on the web. — Ryan Evans (@DoNothing69) April 30, 2018 Spider census. Every spider took it. Although apparently a few of them lied about their age to get into bars, allegedly. — matthew marsden (@matthewdmarsden) April 29, 2018 Named "Number 16" (affectionate pet-names were notably absent from the paper) the female trapdoor spider was first documented as a spiderling in 1974 by a study initiated by Barbara York Main. The study monitored individuals using tagged pegs put next to their burrows. Trapdoor spiders never re-use the disused burrow of another spider, so the researchers can be fairly confident that they were monitoring the same spider for 43 years. Number 16 probably didn't die of natural causes. On Oct. 31, 2016, the researchers found that her burrow had been pierced by a parasitic wasp. Her burrow fell into disrepair thereafter, meaning that poor Number 16 was probably eaten from the inside out by a spider wasp larva. What a way to go. WATCH: Go on a tour of the moon with these 4K images



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World's Oldest Person Dies at the Age of 117

World's Oldest Person Dies at the Age of 117Another Japanese woman now holds the title.



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Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history

Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. historyWalter Moody was put to death by lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore and gave no final statement, prison officials said. It was the eighth execution this year in the United States. Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.



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112-Year-Old Japanese Man Is World's Oldest Living Male

112-Year-Old Japanese Man Is World's Oldest Living MaleA man in Ashoro, Japan, is being honored with an award that's been a long time



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112-Year-Old Japanese Man Is World's Oldest Living Male

112-Year-Old Japanese Man Is World's Oldest Living MaleA man in Ashoro, Japan, is being honored with an award that's been a long time



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Oldest message in a bottle found after 132 years

Oldest message in a bottle found after 132 yearsThe world’s oldest known message in a bottle – thrown off a German ship on June 12, 1886 – has been found by a family on a remote beach  in Australia after their car became stuck in the sand. The message was written in German on paper which was bound and tied with a string and kept in a nineteenth-century Dutch gin bottle. The note stated it was thrown off the sailing barque Paula, about 600 miles off coast of Western Australia.  It was found 132 years later by Tonya Illman, who spotted an object sticking out of the sand while walking with her family near Wedge Island, 100 miles north of Perth.  "It just looked like a lovely old bottle, so I picked it up thinking it might look good in my bookcase," she told ABC News. Ms Illman turned the bottle over and a damp piece of paper tipped out. "My son's girlfriend was the one who discovered the note when she went to tip the sand out," she said. "We took it home and dried it out, and when we opened it we saw it was a printed form, in German, with very faint German handwriting on it." The family took their find to Ross Anderson, a maritime archaeology expert at the Western Australian Museum, who confirmed the gin and paper were authentic. He then contacted colleagues in Germany and the Netherlands who tracked down handwriting samples from the captain's entries in the ship's meteorological journal. “Incredibly, there was an entry for June 12, 1886, made by the captain, recording a drift bottle having been thrown overboard,” Dr Anderson told ABC News. "The date and the coordinates correspond exactly with those on the bottle message. The handwriting is identical in terms of cursive style, slant, font, spacing, stroke emphasis, capitalisation and numbering style." From the 1860s, the German Naval Observatory ran an experiment to examine ocean currents in which it urged captains to toss bottles overboard containing a form which recorded the date, the ship's coordinates and details about its route. Ms Illman has donated the discovery to the Western Australian Museum. The second-oldest bottle to be found was 108 years old.



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World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Found in Australia

World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Found in AustraliaThe note inside is surprisingly demanding.



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