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Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News
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Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

A crashed lunar lander left dehydrated water bears stuck on the moon, Cloudflare has ditched 8chan following this weekend’s shootings, and electric cars enter the used car market. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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The crashed Israeli lunar lander spilled tardigrades on the moon

Tardigrades, or water bears, are known for being basically indestructible. These tiny creatures can survive boiling and freezing temperatures, human-killing levels of radiation, and can go without food and water for years. But can they survive in space? After a lunar lander crashed into the moon on April 11, thousands of dehydrated water bears were left on the moon’s surface. Water bears have been dehydrated for up to 10 years before and do come back to life, but you don’t need to worry about them taking over the moon—they’d need to be somewhere with an atmosphere to rehydrate and perk back up.

Cloudflare ditches 8Chan. What happens now?

Cloudflare, the internet infrastructure firm that provides protection and support for 19 million online properties, has long maintained that it doesn’t want to be the arbiter of online speech. But Sunday night it pulled support for 8chan—the online forum which has hosted numerous posts and manifestos linked to horrific mass shootings like the ones this past weekend. But CEO Matthew Prince didn’t make the decision lightly. “We have a responsibility, which is much beyond ‘we terminate sites we don’t like.’ I’m nervous about whether we’ve made the right decision, and I’m nervous about how this will set precedent in the future,” says Prince.

Fast Fact: 4%

That’s the portion of electric cars being sold on the used car shopping site Shift—three times as many as were sold there in 2018. Add in hybrids, and 20 percent of all used cars sold on the site go easy on the fossil fuels, marking a grand entrance for electric vehicles into the secondhand market. The numbers also show how well they hold their value over time.

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