Bassist Ida Nielsen talks about her new solo album and what she learned from Prince

That’s one thing I always appreciated about him, is that he had a talent for bringing people together, and arranging people in a way you didn’t know you needed to be arranged. What was that process like, to be able to work so closely with him? What did you learn about your own strengths and musicality from that experience? I think I learned that anything is possible, if you put your mind to it. He would always push us all to be better, all the time. Like for instance, earlier I was saying how when I first got in the band. I had to learn so many songs in a very short amount of time. And after that process, I was really amazed at how fast I could learn a new song, and remember it. It’s like the brain just expands. I think a major thing he would do, is he would just push us. Like, there’s no limit. If you push, then the limit is pushed, too. I mean, the thing is he was amazing at everything. He could play everything. And I would want to of course try to do the best I could to live up to his expectations, because he was also expecting a lot of himself. And therefore also from other people. I just want to live up to that, and try to improve, always. I feel like you can improve in so many ways in your whole life, but I guess what I mean is to not stop improving. To be kind of a life student.

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Danish swimmer Pernille Blume wins an Olympic gold medal on the 50m freestyle with a time of 24.07. Blume is the first Danish swimmer in 68 years to win Olympic gold. Less than an hour later, Blume wins an Olympic bronze medal as a part of the 4x100m medley relay alongside Rikke Møller Pedersen, Jeanette Ottesen and Mie Ø. Nielsen. Here the fabulous four also broke the European record with a time of 3:55.01.
Greenland sharks may live 400 years, scientists say
Creature that dwells in Arctic Ocean and deep sea may live up to 400 years

Step aside Galapagos tortoises, the Greenland shark may be the longest-living vertebrate on Earth with a 400-year lifespan, a new study suggests.

The study published in the journal Science examined 28 females caught as bycatch and determined that Greenland sharks have an average lifespan of 272 to 512 years, with their most likely lifespan being 390 years.

The two largest sharks in the study were estimated to be around 335 to 392 years old.

Experts believe that Galapagos tortoises have a lifespan of about 250 years. Bowhead whales can live up to 200 years, and some fish live to 150.

“It’s really fun to dig in to a very fundamental question about such a big animal,” said Julius Nielsen, one of the study’s authors, and a PhD candidate from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

“This thing with the age just seemed to be like the absolute top mystery.”

Nielsen said that he had suspicions about the longevity of Greenland sharks, but he never suspected that they could live so long. He said one Greenland shark caught and measured by researchers and then tagged and released was caught again 16 years later and had only grown eight centimetres.

“So people have always expected Greenland sharks to be very slow growing,” said Nielsen.

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Talk About An Ancient Mariner! Greenland Shark Is At Least 272 Years Old
This Arctic species can live longer than any other known animal advanced enough to have a backbone, scientists say — maybe more than 500 years. Their muscles might hold clues that could help humans.

The Greenland shark, a massive carnivore that can be more than 16 feet long, hasn’t been studied much, and its life in the cold northern waters remains largely mysterious. Julius Nielsen, at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, says there had been some hints that Greenland sharks grow very slowly, perhaps less than a centimeter per year. That suggested the huge sharks might be ancient.“We only expected that the sharks might be very old,” says Nielsen.

“But we did not know in advance. And it was, of course, a very big surprise to learn that it was actually the oldest vertebrate animal.”

He and some colleagues obtained 28 female Greenland sharks taken by research vessels as unintended bycatch from 2010 to 2013. The researchers then used radiocarbon dating techniques on the lenses of the sharks’ eyes.

There’s a bit of uncertainty associated with the age estimates, but Nielsen says the most likely age for the oldest shark they found was about 390 years. “It was, with 95 percent certainty, between 272 and 512 years old,” he says. The researchers believe these sharks reach sexual maturity at about the age of 150 years.


According to a study published in the journal Science we have a new record holder for longest living animal with a backbone: the Greenland shark. The previous record-holder for the oldest vertebrate was the bowhead whale, known to have lived up to 211 years.

The researchers used radiocarbon dating techniques on the eye lenses of 28 females caught as by-catch. Their best guess for the age of the oldest shark they found is 390 years. But it could have been as young as 272 years or as old as 512.

Read more about this slow growing arctic carnivore’s age here.

Image credit: Julius Nielsen/Science

Greenland Shark Is Officially the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth

by Allison Eck

The Greenland Shark is an old, misunderstood late-bloomer.

You might be inclined to feel sorry for it—but this vertebrate lives a long, slow-going life. A team of researchers led by Julius Nielsen of the University of Copenhagen has determined that it can live to at least 272 (possibly up to 500) years old.

This shark grows slowly: the cold environment retards its metabolism, safeguarding tissue from damage. And its actual body size increases by only a centimeter per year. Female Greenland sharks are in no rush to reproduce; they likely reach mid-life at 156 years old, when they’re finally ready to start breeding…

(read more: PBS NOVA NEXT)

photograph by NOAA Ocean Explorer