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Ferry transcript reveals crew panic: The last communications between the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by the crew.
Russian outrage at Ukraine killing: The Russian foreign ministry expresses outrage at a fatal shooting incident in eastern Ukraine which it blames on Ukrainian nationalists.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies: Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the US boxer whose wrongful conviction for murder caused an international outcry, dies aged 76.
Hostage reporters 'chained' in Syria: Four French journalists who spent 10 months in captivity in Syria were chained to each other and kept in basements without light, one recounts.
Alistair MacLeod, acclaimed Canadian writer, dead at 77:
Alistair MacLeod, one of Canada’s greatest short story writers whose work detailed the people and culture of Cape Breton, has died. He was 77.
Pro-marijuana protesters hit Parliament Hill:
An annual day of celebrating cannabis culture is ramping up into mainstream political activism as the pot-smoking 420 movement takes on marijuana prohibition with rallies across Canada.
Vendor asking $11,000 for Habs playoff ticket:
Some ticket scalpers and other Habs ticket-holders are looking to capitalize on the Montreal Canadiens' playoff series momentum by asking for outrageous ticket resale prices.
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U.N. Struggles to Stem Haiti Cholera Epidemic: The United Nations, facing a shortage of supplies to handle the epidemic, refuses to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of the disease into the country
Economic View: When Diamonds Are Dirt Cheap, Will They Still Dazzle?: Technology has the potential to affect the value of items that are now rare and expensive, everything from diamonds to paintings and autographs House Calls Are Making a Comeback: Visits by palliative care specialists let medical professionals monitor patients’ physical and emotional health and arrange help with needed tasks Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law: Democrats may ultimately see political benefit from the law. But people helped by it are among the least likely to vote
Poison Pen: The Trouble With Rice: The rice plant is one of nature’s great metal scavengers, with potential health consequences for consumers
‘Spider skin at 12,000 magnification’
This SEM image of spider skin was taken by María Carbajo of the Electron Microscopy Unit at the University of Extremadura.
You can clearly see a follicle, hairs, and brochosomes from a preyed-upon leafhopper (the yellow balls).
It won her FEI’s 2012 photography competition (FEI is a microscopy technologies manufacturer). You can find links to other entrants’ photos here.
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