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A new species of spider is unpleasant to look at
We’ll spare you the photo—click on the link below if you’re feeling brave. But here’s what we know:
🕷️ Its name is Euoplos dignitas, and it was found 100 years ago, but has just now been studied and named
📏 It can grow to 2 inches in length
👵 Like the tarantula, to which it is related, it can live for several decades
😱 It’s probably not coming for you—the Euoplos dignitas lives in a very small area in Queensland, Australia
You’re unlikely to reach cream parity when you twist an Oreo
It took MIT scientists to figure out that the cream filling will end up on one side of the Oreo 80% of the time you twist it. Speeding up your efforts only makes it worse.
For sale: Silicon Valley Bank merch
Interested in the Christmas sweater of a failed bank? Keep an eye out for other failed company merchandise. Nab a good one for cheap, and you could be sitting on a goldmine.
Beethoven’s hair gave us DNA answers
Not only was Beethoven’s famous hairstyle a joy to look at, locks of it have finally uncovered the possible reason for his death. As suspected, the liver did it.
Maybe we’re all made of StarCrete!
A new, highly durable building material that could be used in structures on Mars has a simple recipe that’s almost delicious sounding:
🥔 Potato starch
💫 Extraterrestrial dust