Brazilian worker survives iron bar piercing skull

A tomography scan shows Eduardo Leite’s skull pierced by a metal bar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday.

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A tomography scan shows Eduardo Leite’s skull pierced by a metal bar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday.

Man survives bar through head

A 24-year-old Brazilian construction worker survived after a 6-foot metal bar fell from above and pierced his head, doctors said Friday. Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff at Rio de Janeiro's Miguel Couto Hospital, said doctors successfully withdrew the iron bar from Eduardo Leite's skull during a five-hour surgery. The doctor said Leite was lucid and showed no negative consequences after the operation. The accident and surgery took place on Wednesday.

Watch out for the Trogloraptor

Amateur cave explorers have found a new family of spiders in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon, and scientists have dubbed it Trogloraptor — Latin for cave robber — for the fearsome front claws. The spelunkers sent specimens to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, which has the West Coast's largest collection of spiders. Entomologists there say the spider — reddish brown and the size of a half dollar — evolved so distinctly that it requires its own taxonomic family. It is the first new spider family found in North America since the 1870s. The discovery is described in the Friday online edition of the journal ZooKeys.

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