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Giant Spider Species Discovered in Middle Eastern Sand Dunes

January 12, 2010 1 comment

EGADS!

(Wired Science) – Scientists have unearthed a completely new species of spider hiding in sand dunes on the Israel-Jordan border.

With a legspan that stretches 5.5 inches, the spider, called Cerbalus aravensis, is the biggest of its type in the Middle East. “It is rare to find a new species of spider — at least around this part of the world — which is so big,” said biologist Uri Shanas of the University of Haifa-Oranim in Israel, who discovered the arachnid.

via Giant Spider Species Discovered in Middle Eastern Sand Dunes | Wired Science | Wired.com.

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Yale society’s skull-turned-ballot box to be sold

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment

NEW YORK AP — A human skull that apparently was turned into a ballot box for Yales mysterious Skull and Bones society is going on the auction block.

Christies estimates the skull will sell for $10,000 to $20,000 when it is auctioned on Jan. 22. Fittingly, the auction house has agreed to keep the sellers name a secret. On Monday, it described the person only as a European art collector.

via AllAroundPhilly.

First Earth-like planet spotted outside solar system likely a volcanic wasteland

January 6, 2010 1 comment

(Space Fellowship) – When scientists confirmed in October that they had detected the first rocky planet outside our solar system, it advanced the longtime quest to find an Earth-like planet hospitable to life.

Rocky planets — Earth, Mercury, Venus and Mars — make up half the planets in our solar system. Rocky planets are considered better environments to support life than planets that are mainly gaseous, like the other half of the planets in our system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

via First Earth-like planet spotted outside solar system likely a volcanic wasteland | International Space Fellowship.