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Police find $2M in cocaine on New Zealand beach

Police find $2M in cocaine on New Zealand beach

World
Aug. 8 (UPI) -- New Zealand police are on alert after nearly 20 packages containing millions of dollars worth of cocaine washed up on a popular tourist beach. The New Zealand Police Department said Thursday that it found 19 packages containing $ 2 million of cocaine on Bethells Beach, some 22 miles west of Auckland, adding it had beefed up patrols in the area in case more packages come ashore. "There is a small possibility that further packages may turn up on the beach and we ask any members of the public to contact us immediately if they do," it said in a statement. "Eagle helicopter will be in the area today conducting a search of the wider area and we will be sending regular patrols in the coming days to continue to check for further washed up items." Police said they were notified of...
Astronomers find dozens of massive, ancient galaxies

Astronomers find dozens of massive, ancient galaxies

Science
Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Astronomers have discovered an abundance of vast, ancient galaxies. Scientists spotted the galaxies in the distant universe using the combined power of several space observatories. The discovery, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, could force cosmologists to change their models of the universe. Most models don't predict such an abundance of massive galaxies so early in the evolution of the universe. "This is the first time that such a large population of massive galaxies was confirmed during the first 2 billion years of the 13.7-billion-year life of the universe. These were previously invisible to us," Tao Wang, researcher at the University of Tokyo, said in a news release. "This finding contravenes current models for that period of cosmic evolution and will help ...
Male black widow spiders hijack silk strands of their rivals to find a mate

Male black widow spiders hijack silk strands of their rivals to find a mate

Science
Aug. 2 (UPI) -- To find mates, male black widow spiders follow the silk trails left by their rivals, according to a new study. The revelation, detailed this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, surprised scientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Scientists assumed males followed the scents, or pheromones, released by females and avoided those emitted by males. It is the pattern followed by most mate-seeking insects. "We expect males to use female cues to find a potential mate, and use those left by their rivals to avoid them," Catherine Scott, a doctoral candidate at UTSC, said in a news release. "We found male black widows follow rather than avoid rival males, using their silk trails as highways that rapidly lead them to a female's web, even if they can't s...
Paleontologists find new Cambrian predator species with rake-like claws

Paleontologists find new Cambrian predator species with rake-like claws

Science
August 1 (UPI) -- Paleontologists have discovered a new Cambrian predator species hiding among the ancient rocks of Kootenay National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The newly discovered species, now extinct, was one of largest predators on Earth during its heyday 500,000 years ago. With a large, horseshoe crab-like head and a big, curving mouth -- shaped like a pineapple slice, according to researchers -- the species would have been hard to miss. Scientists named the new species Cambroraster falcatus. "The rake-like claws and the large shell-like carapace provide evidence that Cambroraster spent its time hunting for buried prey near the sea floor," Joe Moysiuk, a graduate student based at the Royal Ontario Museum, told UPI. According to Moysiuk, some modern crustaceans, as well as a few ...