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With the popularity of sites like e Harmony,, OKcupid and literally thousands of similar others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.

More and more of us insist on outsourcing our love-lives to spreadsheets and algorithms.

Statistics suggest that about 1 in 5 relationships begin online nowadays.

It’s estimated that by 2040, 70% of us will have met our significant other online.

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And, while seal are known to be among their most important prey items, these sharks also sometimes chow down on what experts have dubbed ‘polar bear steak.’In September, Danish marine biologist Julius Nielsen, who led the recently-published study, shared a stomach-churning look at one such specimen.Researchers from the Arctic University of Norway recently sequenced the DNA from Greenland sharks – some of which were alive in the Georgian era.Speaking at a conference in Exeter, Professor Kim Praebel, who is leading the study, said: 'This is the longest living vertebrate on the planet.'Together with colleagues in Denmark, Greenland, USA, and China, we are currently sequencing its whole nuclear genome which will help us discover why the Greenland shark not only lives longer than other shark species but other vertebrates.'The results we presented here in Exeter will help us understand more about the biology of this elusive species.'If found, the 'long-life' genes could shed light on why all vertebrates have a limited life span, and what dictates the life expectancy of different species, including humans.But, for these remarkable creatures, longevity may come at a cost.The species is often plagued by worm-like parasites that latch onto their eyes – and, these sharks have been known to enjoy an occasional meal of rotting polar bear carcass.

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