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Chinese and Indian troops 'in new border clash': Several were hurt in the incident several days ago at the Nathu La pass in Sikkim, Indian media say.
Russia Navalny protests: Kremlin hits out at West as it downplays rallies: EU foreign ministers meet on Monday discuss Russia's treatment of Alexei Navalny and his supporters.
Covid: Police and protesters clash during Dutch curfew demo: Police used water cannon and tear gas to clear protesters in Eindhoven rallying against a new curfew.
China takes new foreign investment top spot from US: The top ranking highlights China's growing influence on the world economic stage.

Amy Willier, Cree entrepreneur and artist, dies at 37: Willier.JPG

Amy Willier, a Cree artisan and entrepreneur who championed her culture and community through her Calgary gallery, has died.

B.C. quietly updates number of variants from U.K., South Africa as researcher raises concerns: COVID-19 VARIANT GENOME SEQUENCING

Andrew Longhurst, a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University and a health policy researcher, said non-travel related cases of more infectious variants suggests they could be spreading in the community unchecked in B.C. — a situation he believes should be addressed urgently. 

Skepticism of celebrity should be a key factor in governor general pick, former advisory panel member says: Roya Assent 20191212

When an advisory committee was tasked with helping to find a new governor general in 2010, it was urged to look closely at each candidate's "judgment and temperament," and to be skeptical of "simple celebrity," a former member says. He thinks the committee should be re-established.

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How Do You Solve a Moon Mystery? Fire a Laser at It: Researchers have used reflective prisms left on the moon’s surface for decades, but had increasingly seen problems with their effectiveness.

This Star Looked Like It Would Explode. Maybe It Just Sneezed: The mysterious dimming of the red supergiant Betelgeuse is the result of a stellar exhalation, astronomers say.

How 14 Elephant Seals Assisted an Antarctic Ice Study: Mapping currents in the Southern Ocean is vital to monitoring climate change, but hard to conduct. So scientists turned to seals for help.

It’s Always the Summer of the Shark: Even during a pandemic, we cannot get the white shark out of our minds. Despite the rare attack, experts say humans have little to fear.

Could Owl and Crocodilian Tears Lead to a Cure for Your Dry Eyes?: By studying the numerous ways animals keep their eyes wet and healthy, scientists hope to help address human vision problems.

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The oldest known human art is also the oldest known human attempt to record Nature.  This painting is 34,000 years old and was found in the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, which is the subject of Werner Herzog’s film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Herzog used a 3D camera to capture how the shapes of the walls were incorporated into the paintings.

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