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This 3,000-Year-Old Plant Thrives in One of the Harshest Conditions in the World

We all know how many trees can live up to hundreds of years, but here’s one living plant that’s 3,000 years old!

In the middle of the harsh sandy plains of South America are plants that are so green and luscious that they look surreal amid their surroundings. And while these surreal green structures may look like moss-covered rocks, they’re actually plants!

That's not a moss-covered rock in the middle of the desert; that's a Yareta plant!

That's not a moss-covered rock in the middle of the desert; that's a Yareta plant!

The Yareta is a flowing plant that has lived for three thousand years. They're known as llareta in Spanish, and their scientific name is Azorella Compacta.

The Yareta is a flowing plant that has lived for three thousand years. They're known as llareta in Spanish, and their scientific name is Azorella Compacta.

These plants are found in the Puna grasslands of Andes, Peru, Bolivia, Northern Chile. They may also be found in western Argentina at altitudes of 3,200 to 4,500 meters! Just imagine these lush green Yareta plants living in conditions where the wind and cold can crack granite!

If you want to see a Yareta plant for yourself, you'll have to travel to the dry, cold Andes in Northern Chile to find them!

If you want to see a Yareta plant for yourself, you'll have to travel to the dry, cold Andes in Northern Chile to find them!

So how can these Yareta plants survive in those cold and windy conditions for thousands of years? Their stems are so strong that they can effortlessly carry a full-grown adult human. And on top of that, they also grow in dense packs and stay close to the ground to avoid losing heat. That’s how they avoid getting uprooted by strong winds that blow in their natural habitat. And to protect their foliage from drying out, the Yareta plants’ leaves are covered in wax!

Up close, the leaves of the Yareta plant look like little succulents.

The leaves of the Yareta plant look like little succulents when looked at up close.

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Growing in dense packs close to the ground with wax-covered leaves – that’s the secret to the long life of Yareta plants.

Yareta plants were once harvested for fuel, but since they grow so slowly (15mm a year to be exact), they’re considered a non-sustainable source of fuel.

So today, they’re mostly left alone to grow for years and years!

Yareta plants may have once been a source of fuel but since they grow so slowly, they're considered an unsustainable source.

Yareta plants may have once been a source of fuel, but since they grow so slowly, they're considered an unsustainable source.

Source: Lon&Queta

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Women Likely to Lose Interest in Sex Than Men, According to New Study

The study also explores reasons why one suddenly loses his/her desire to do the deed.

For some, sex is all about pleasure and fun, the kind of experience that everyone in this world desires to feel. Apparently, it is a complicated thing, to begin with. For instance, you may be attracted to your partner – both physically and emotionally – but it does not mean you are going to have a blast. Neither is your partner guaranteed to be in the mood for the deed.

Apparently, a recent study suggests a definitive reason as to why some individuals start to lose their desire for sexual intercourse. The study, which is courtesy of BMK Open, includes 4,839 men and 6,669 women, between the ages of 16 and 74 years old, all of whom had at least one sexual encounter.

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Doctor Invents Machine That Helps People Die Painlessly and Peacefully in 5 Minutes

Dr Philip Nitschke believes euthanasia should be available for everyone who wants it.

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With a nickname like ‘Dr Death’, you can bet Philip Nitschke isn’t your typical doctor. In fact, he is the founder of Exit International, a non-profit organization that advocates euthanasia legalization, and has written The Peaceful Pill, a suicide handbook.

As if that was not enough, he has also invented the Sarco, a machine that allows people to die peacefully – without any pain – in just five minutes. The said creations can be printed using a 3D-printer and uses liquid nitrogen to kill the person using it.

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‘Human Uber’ Allows You To Hire Someone To Attend Meetings And Events For You

This new technology allows you to be at two places at the same time.

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Have you ever gotten so busy you totally wish you can be at two places at the same time? Well now you already can. Sort of!

According to recent reports, it’s possible to hire a “Human Uber” who can represent you and do some things on your behalf. Need to attend an important event? Want to pick up some groceries at the local store? This new technology will allow you to do exactly that without leaving your home at all.

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