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Many missing as S Korea ferry sinks: Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea, officials say.
Ukrainian troops blocked in town: Ukrainian troops entering an eastern flashpoint town are blocked by civilians, while Nato announces it will beef up its defences.
Reeva Steenkamp shot in 'rapid fire': The girlfriend of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession, a forensics expert says, contradicting police ballistics testimony.
Head of oldest African park shot: The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.

How deadly knife crime in Canada can cause 'moral panic': stabbing

Knife-related violent crime in Canada has surpassed violent crimes committed using other weapons, including guns, according to Statistics Canada. However, criminologists say proposals to ban certain knives is an impractical crime-fighting measure.

Homegrown terrorist: Toronto 18 bomb plotter explains his radicalization: Saad khalid

In a series of exclusive letters with CBC, one of the men convicted in the so-called Toronto 18 bombing plot in 2006 offers his own analysis of his transformation from a typical immigrant teenager to a radical convicted on a terrorism-related charge.

Urban migration of First Nations youth causing community brain drain: John Gladstone

Young aboriginal people are moving to the city in large numbers in pursuit of an education or employment. Nearly half of urban aboriginal people aged 18 to 24 say they have no plans to return home. Another 33 per cent are undecided.

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Despite Rise in Spills, Hazardous Cargo Rides Rails in Secret: As alarmed communities complain about dangerous cargo running on the tracks through their towns, new rules for handling such cargo are set to take effect

Early Data in E-Cigarette Study May Raise Safety Concerns: The study, still in a preliminary stage, found that lung cells exposed to e-cigarette vapor showed cancerous reactions similar to cells exposed to tobacco smoke

Nasal Spray Holds Hope in Fighting Flu Epidemic: A new method, still being tested, would coat receptors in the throat and nose before influenza viruses attach

PET Scans Offer Clues on Vegetative States: A study found that a significant number of people labeled vegetative had received an incorrect diagnosis and actually had some degree of consciousness and the potential to improve

Dot Earth Blog: A Green Group Sees Hope in ‘The End of China’s Coal Boom’: Greenpeace sees growing signs that China is heading toward peak coal, putting climate targets within sight

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‘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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