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Christie’s to sell wine that went to space

And other stories from the stranger side of life

An auctioneer is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Christie’s hopes to raise more than $1m (£720,000) from the sale of the Petrus 2000, one of 12 bottles sent into space in 2019 by researchers exploring the potential for extra-terrestrial agriculture. Tasters say the wine was subtly altered by the trip.

Man keeps tooth from shark attack

A man who was almost killed in a shark attack has won the right to keep a tooth the animal left wedged in his surfboard. Keen surfer Chris Blowes lost his leg and was in a coma for ten days after he was attacked by a great white in South Australia in 2015. Although state rules ban people from possessing parts of protected species, Blowes has been granted an exemption so he can keep the tooth as a “souvenir”.

New spider discovered in Florida 

A new type of spider has been discovered in the US. Workers at Zoo Miami in Florida spotted the creature near their animal park but it took years for experts to realise that it’s a brand new type of arachnid. They have named it a pine rockland trapdoor spider, as it was found in a pine rockland forest near to the zoo. Frank Ridgley from Zoo Miami said the development “shows what is still to be discovered” in the world.

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