The humped golden orb-weaving spider of southeast Australia.
Credit: Elizabeth Lowe, University of Sydney
From life under the ice to the weirdest worm ever, we searched out the coolest stories in Science this week and here they are. Check them out!
Quantum twisters observed:
Liquid helium droplets rotating at 2 million times per second create quantum vortices as never seen before. Helium can be put into a superfluid state which enters it into quantum mechanics.
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Life found half-mile under ice:
Under the ice covering Lake Whillan in Antarctica, a fertile microbial ecosystem flourishes. The findings encourage researchers that more of these hidden waters contain life.
Oldest metal object?
A copper awl, discovered in a tomb in Tel Tsaf, is the oldest known metal artifact. This discovery indicates trade across the world began far earlier than previously thought.
Weirdest worm ever:
The discovery of a strange worm in the 1970s baffled researchers but after finding out what famiy the creature belongs to the scientists are even more confused.
Big city spiders:
City spiders produce more offspring than their country cousins, an effect of urbanization researchers did not expect.
How Facebook complicates breakups:
With the evolution of social media a breakup may be harder to get over.
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Ancient Greek tomb discovered:
With the discovery of a 2,800-year-old tomb came the unearthing of some very rare pottery in excellent condition.
[Full Story: 2,800-Year-Old Zigzag Art Found in Greek Tomb]
Jesus statue with human teeth:
Upon examination, a statue of Jesus in a small Mexican town contained real human teeth.
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Cyborg moths are coming:
By implanting an electrode in a late pupal stage moth, researcher essentially made the creature into a cyborg.
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