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US and UK suspend Syria rebel aid: The US and UK suspend "non-lethal assistance" to rebels in northern Syria - but not humanitarian aid - after an Islamist alliance seizes FSA bases.
Thousands file past Mandela's body: South Africans queue in their thousands to view the body of former President Nelson Mandela, which is lying in state for three days.
US considers sanctions against Ukraine: The US state department says it is considering all options, including sanctions, towards Ukraine after riot police moved in on protesters.
Pope named Time's Person of the Year: Time Magazine names Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying he has pulled "the papacy out the palace and into the streets".
Canada Post to phase out urban home mail delivery:
Canada Post is phasing out door-to-door delivery of regular mail to urban residents and increasing the cost of stamps in a major move to try to reduce significant, regular losses.
Air Canada orders 61 Boeing 737 MAX jets:
Air Canada plans to spend up to $6.5 billion US to buy 61 narrowbody aircraft from Boeing as it moves to update its fleet over the next decade.
Hill staff asked to sign lifetime confidentiality agreements:
A proposed lifetime gag order for MPs' staff and other employees that would restrict their ability to share information - and stifle the kind of whistleblowing that led to some of the revelations in the Senate scandal - is triggering alarm, according to a union representing some of the workers.
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F.D.A. to Phase Out Use of Some Antibiotics in Animals Raised for Meat: The move was a major shift that could have far-reaching implications for industrial farming and human health
The Week: An Evolutionary Twist and a New Role for Drones: A 400,000-year-old femur recovered in Spain shows that human evolution was more complex than previously thought, and a scientific panel warned of rapid, catastrophic effects of global warming
Men With Pelvic Pain Find a Path to Treatment Blocked by a Gynecology Board: Obstetrician-gynecologists are barred in most cases from treating men, even at times when many experts say they could be of help Dot Earth Blog: Can Bhutan Achieve Hydropowered Happiness?: As Bhutan’s young democracy evolves, the country is seeing growing conflicts over environmental and energy policies
Justices Hear Case on Cross-State Pollution Rules: The Supreme Court has been asked to overturn the E.P.A.’s pollution credit trading plan, which is aimed at the problem of downwind pollution
‘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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