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Science News Roundup: Dutch ‘Living Coffin’ provides source for the afterlife; Remains of a Jurassic sea hunter found in the Atacama Desert, Chile

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The Dutch ‘Living Coffin’ aims to provide a source of life after death

A Dutch startup has created a biodegradable “living coffin” made of a fungus instead of wood, which is said to be able to turn rotten human bodies into vital nutrients for plants. The company, Loop says, built it using mycelium, the cage’s underground root structure.

Colombian miners strike fossilized gold: a mastodon

Fossils of mastodon, a prehistoric relative of today’s elephants, have been unearthed from a gold mine in central Colombia, researchers say. Gold miners digging a tunnel near the town of Quinchia in the province of Rizaralda identified the bones on Tuesday.

Remains of a Jurassic sea hunter found in the Atacama Desert in Chile

Scientists have unearthed the remains of a Jurassic sea hunter resembling killer whales in the world’s driest desert. Researchers at the University of Chile say that pliosaurs were reptiles more than 160 million years ago, and that Tyrannosaurus was bitten more strongly than Rex. Fossils are the second oldest record of this species in the Southern Hemisphere.

SpaceX suffered losses due to the Air Force contract

A federal judge plans to deny SpaceX’s challenge to U.S. Air Force contracts in a lawsuit filed Thursday by the Pentagon alleging that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s development of the starship rocket system was “extremely dangerous and costly.” In a year-long lawsuit, Moscow’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation alleged that the Air Force had unfairly awarded development contracts to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and other rivals for new rocket systems in 2018.

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