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Kane Tanaka, The World's Oldest Living Person, Just Turned 119!

Kane Tanaka, The World's Oldest Living Person, Just Turned 119!

While birthdays are always a cause for celebration, Kane Tanaka's was especially so. On January 1, 2022, the Japanese supercentenarian turned 119, extending her record as the world's oldest living person for another year. Tanaka has held the Guinness World Title since turning 116 in 2019. She also garnered the all-time Japanese age record in September 2020 when she clocked an impressive 117 years and 261 days!

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Large Deposit Of Hidden Water Discovered On Mars

Large Deposit Of Hidden Water Discovered On Mars

Researchers have long suspected that Mars was once home to several rivers, lakes, and perhaps even oceans. But while they have been able to detect ice, and some salty lakes, in the planet's polar regions, finding water in other areas has proved elusive. Now, scientists have finally found evidence of a large water reservoir just a few feet below the surface of the Red Planet's Valles Marineris canyon system.

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Seven Thrilling Olympic Events Debuting At The 2022 Beijing Games

Seven Thrilling Olympic Events Debuting At The 2022 Beijing Games

The XXIV Olympic Winter Games will officially start with a grand opening ceremony at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, on February 4, 2022. The two-week-long sporting extravaganza, which ends on February 20, 2022, will feature a record 109 competitions over 15 disciplines in seven sports. Among them will be seven new exciting events. Here is a brief preview of each.

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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Is Fully Deployed

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Is Fully Deployed

The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) — the world's largest and most complex science telescope — was successfully launched into space atop a European Ariane 5 rocket on December 25, 2021. The $10 billion revolutionary space observatory — a joint effort between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency — is designed to detect the faint infrared light from the earliest stars and galaxies formed over 13.5 billion years ago.

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Honoring The Life And Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Honoring The Life And Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Day, which will be observed on January 17, 2022, is about more than honoring the legacy of the American civil rights activist. It is the only US federal holiday designated as a national day of service — a "day on, not a day off." Americans are encouraged to celebrate the occasion by participating in service activities to help their local communities.

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Animals At Smithsonian's National Zoo Enjoy Snow Days!

Animals At Smithsonian's National Zoo Enjoy Snow Days!

The season's first winter storm — which brought significant snowfall to the Washington, DC, area on January 3, 2022 — could not have come at a better time for the residents of the Smithsonian's National Zoo. With the park closed to visitors due to the inclement weather, the animals were able to welcome the New Year with several snow days all to themselves.

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South Africa Mourns The Loss Of Anti-Apartheid Icon, Desmond Tutu

South Africa Mourns The Loss Of Anti-Apartheid Icon, Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a leading activist in South Africa's fight against apartheid, passed away on December 26, 2021. The 90-year-old retired archbishop, who also spearheaded the country's smooth transition from apartheid to democracy, had been battling prostate cancer since 1997. Mr. Tutu was laid to rest at a state funeral at St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, on January 1, 2022.

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Finally, A Millipede Species That Lives Up To Its Name!

Finally, A Millipede Species That Lives Up To Its Name!

The name millipede, which translates to a "thousand feet," is a bit of a misnomer. Many species of the arthropods have fewer than 100 legs, and even the record holder — the Illacme plenipes — boasts a "mere" 750 legs. Now, a team led by Virginia Tech entomologist Paul Marek has finally found the world's first "true" millipede — one with over 1,300 legs!

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