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Black Sea ship: 'World's oldest intact wreck' found

Black Sea ship: 'World's oldest intact wreck' found

Science
A Greek merchant ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found lying on its side off the Bulgarian coast.The 23m (75ft) wreck, found in the Black Sea by an Anglo-Bulgarian team, is being hailed as officially the world's oldest known intact shipwreck.The researchers were stunned to find the merchant vessel closely resembled in design a ship that decorated ancient Greek wine vases.The rudder, rowing benches and even the contents of its hold remain intact."It's like another world," Helen Farr from the expedition told the BBC. "It's when the ROV [remote operated vehicle] drops down through the water column and you see this ship appear in the light at the bottom so perfectly preserved it feels like you step back in time."The r...
Eek! Non-native venomous spider found living in Oregon

Eek! Non-native venomous spider found living in Oregon

Technology
The types of venomous spiders residing in Oregon have doubled. State officials confirm that a brown widow spider — usually found in South Africa, Florida and Southern California — has recently been found living in Oregon City, in the northwestern part of the state. It's not clear how it arrived or if there are more. Tom Valente of the Oregon Department of Agriculture tells The Oregonian/OregonLive there's no reason to panic, but residents should be cautious. State officials want residents to search their homes and other areas for brown widows. The spiders are brown and have a distinctive orange hourglass on the underside of their abdomen. Oregon already has black widow spiders. Bites from either spider can cause fever and muscle spasms. Valente says brown widows are subtropic...
First 'exomoon' may have been found

First 'exomoon' may have been found

Science
Astronomers have announced the possible discovery of the first known moon outside our Solar System.This "exomoon" is not like any in our cosmic neighbourhood: it's the size of Neptune and orbits a planet the size of Jupiter - but with 10 times the mass.The object was spotted in data from Nasa's Kepler spacecraft, and later observed using the Hubble telescope.Astronomers David Kipping and Alex Teachey have published their results in Science Advances journal.But they say that further observations are needed to understand the distant planetary system."We've tried our best to rule out other possibilities such as spacecraft anomalies, other planets in the system or stellar activity, but we're unable to find any other single hypothesis...
Data suggests scientists have found first known exomoon

Data suggests scientists have found first known exomoon

Science
Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The existence of a large exomoon orbiting a gas giant located 8,000 light-years form Earth best explains a unique pattern of stellar dimming observed by both Kepler and the Hubble Space Telescope. "We are unable to find any other single hypothesis that explains all the data that we have," astronomer David Kipping told reporters during a phone call earlier this week. Kipping and his colleague Alex Teachey, both researchers at Columbia University, detailed their investigation of the Hubble and Kepler data in a new paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. The duo began their research by surveying 284 Kepler-discovered planets with long orbits. Planets too close to their host stars are less likely to feature moons. Of the 284 candidates, one stood out. The tr...
34 children attending Bible camp found dead as toll cross 1,200 in Indonesia

34 children attending Bible camp found dead as toll cross 1,200 in Indonesia

World
The death toll from a devastating earthquake and tsunami has soared again on Tuesday as officials in Indonesia said over 1,200 have died. The bodies of at least 34 children have been discovered inside a church in a remote northern region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following Friday’s devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Red Cross told reporters. The discovery was the latest heartbreak in an excruciating recovery effort that is just beginning to get underway as the death toll climbs. To date, at least 1,234 people have died in the catastrophe, but a local report has described scenes of widespread tragedy, with "bodies everywhere." The children were apparently attending a Christian bible camp when they were killed, Red...