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Record-Deep Dive In Mariana Trench Discovers New Species — And A Plastic Bag

Record-Deep Dive In Mariana Trench Discovers New Species — And A Plastic Bag

Unfortunately, this is not the first time scientists have found trash in the deepest part of the ocean.
Scientists Find A Gene To Make Supermarket Tomatoes Tastier

Scientists Find A Gene To Make Supermarket Tomatoes Tastier

In the past, breeders have focused squarely on size and shelf-life of their produce. With this new tool, scientists hope breeders will opt for taste and pathogen resistance as well.
Medieval Peasants Worked Less And Vacationed More Than Modern Americans Do

Medieval Peasants Worked Less And Vacationed More Than Modern Americans Do

While many of us are grateful for the 40-hour work week, Medieval peasants worked far less than even that.
300 Soft Tissue Remains From Executed Prisoners Of The Nazis Were Buried In Berlin

300 Soft Tissue Remains From Executed Prisoners Of The Nazis Were Buried In Berlin

The cache belonged to German doctor and anatomist Hermann Stieve, who made a deal with the Nazis to collect tissue samples from the dead bodies of their executed prisoners.
The Three German Hotel Guests Killed By Crossbow Died In A Cult-Led Murder-Suicide Pact

The Three German Hotel Guests Killed By Crossbow Died In A Cult-Led Murder-Suicide Pact

A hotel employee found three guests killed with crossbow bolts to the head and chest — but the case got much, much weirder.
Threatened By Deforestation And Chlamydia, Koalas Are Now “Functionally Extinct”

Threatened By Deforestation And Chlamydia, Koalas Are Now “Functionally Extinct”

"I have heard every excuse under the sun to not step in and protect habitats. It is time [the government] enacted the [Koala Protection Act] and create change for our koalas."
Scientists Find Aldabra Rail Bird That Went Extinct And Then Re-Evolved Back Into Existence

Scientists Find Aldabra Rail Bird That Went Extinct And Then Re-Evolved Back Into Existence

"There was an almost complete turn over in the fauna. Everything…went extinct. Yet as the Aldabra rail still lives on today, something must have happened for it to have returned."
This Week In History News, May 6 – 10

This Week In History News, May 6 – 10

Elephant Man's bones likely uncovered, ancient shaman's drug pouch discovered, nuclear-tainted Pacific sea creatures found.
Anonymous Do-Gooders Are Going Around Oakland Fixing The City’s Potholes

Anonymous Do-Gooders Are Going Around Oakland Fixing The City’s Potholes

Two unidentified men have been fixing Oakland's numerous potholes and hailed by frustrated residents as heroes.
Scientists Find Tree Older Than Christianity In A North Carolina Swamp

Scientists Find Tree Older Than Christianity In A North Carolina Swamp

Dr. David Stahle of the University of Kansas visited the area in the 1980s, convinced these trees were about 1,000 years old. Little did he know they were older than Christianity itself.
Puppies Found In Ancient Chinese Tombs Were Used As Cheap Sacrifices, In Lieu Of Humans

Puppies Found In Ancient Chinese Tombs Were Used As Cheap Sacrifices, In Lieu Of Humans

"If it's not your puppy and if you're living in a society where you don't have the same assumptions of dogs and cuteness...it's a cheaper investment."