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Even The Bottom Of The World's Deepest Ocean Trench Is Not Safe From Plastic Bags

Even The Bottom Of The World's Deepest Ocean Trench Is Not Safe From Plastic BagsAlmost 36,000 feet underwater, near the very bottom of the world's deepest



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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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Archaeologists May Have Found the World's Largest Known Child Sacrifice Site in Peru

Archaeologists May Have Found the World's Largest Known Child Sacrifice Site in PeruArchaeologists in Peru have uncovered what could be the site of the largest known instance of child sacrifice in the Americas



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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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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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CDC Wants $400 Million to Build a New Lab for the World's Deadliest Germs

CDC Wants $  400 Million to Build a New Lab for the World's Deadliest GermsThe agency disclosed its plans for a new lab on Friday



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Ancient Mayan bones uncovered in Mexico at world's largest underwater cave

Ancient Mayan bones uncovered in Mexico at world's largest underwater caveArchaeologists exploring the world's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age. A group of divers recently connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilization. The Yucatan peninsula is studded with monumental relics of the Maya people, whose cities drew upon an extensive network of sinkholes linked to subterranean waters known as cenotes. Researchers say they found 248 cenotes at the 347-km (216-mile) cave system known as Sac Actun, near the beach resort of Tulum. Of the 200 archaeological sites they have discovered there, around 140 are Mayan. This mask of the Mayan god of trade is just one of the artefacts uncovered at the huge underwater Sac Actun cave in Quinta Roo state, Mexico Credit: HO/AFP   Some cenotes acquired particular religious significance to the Maya, whose descendants continue to inhabit the region. Apart from human remains, they also found bones of giant sloths, ancient elephants and extinct bears from the Pleistocene period, Mexico's Culture Ministry said in a statement. Sistema Sac Actun The cave's discovery has rocked the archaeological world. "I think it's overwhelming. Without a doubt it's the most important underwater archaeological site in the world," said Guillermo de Anda, researcher at Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH). A diver from the Great Mayan Aquifer project looks at human remains believed to be from the Pleistocene era De Anda is also director of the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM), a project dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula. According to the INAH, water levels rose 100 meters at the end of the Ice Age, flooding the cave system and leading to "ideal conditions for the preservation of the remains of extinct megafauna from the Pleistocene." The Pleistocene geological epoch, the most recent Ice Age, began 2.6 million years ago and ended around 11,700 years ago. Divers from the Great Mayan Aquifer project combing through the caves have found cultural artefacts, 9,000 year old human remains and Pleistocene bones Credit:  Jan Arild Aaserud/INAH  



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Elon Musk Sends Electric Car To Space Aboard World's Most Powerful Rocket

Elon Musk Sends Electric Car To Space Aboard World's Most Powerful RocketWASHINGTON — SpaceX made history Tuesday afternoon when it successfully launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket carrying an electric car bound for deep space and returned two of three 15-story boosters back to Earth for perfect vertical landings.



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The World's Ugliest American

The World's Ugliest AmericanOne year into the Trump administration, as our president prepares for his trip to address the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, here is the dynamic abroad: no foreign enemy could have degraded America’s global standing so completely in so short a time.



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