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Russia in new Ukraine attack threat: Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war.
Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift: Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.
Turkey: Armenia killings 'inhumane': Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.
Obama pledges Japan islands support: US President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.
Alstom to cut 150 jobs in Montreal:
Alstom, the French company known as a world leader in power transmission and rail infrastructure, says it will cut 150 jobs in Montreal over the next six months.
Sask. restaurant says waitresses not replaced by foreign temporary workers:
The owners of the Weyburn, Sask., restaurant at the centre of controversy over its use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, say recent staffing changes were related to a "restructuring" of their hours of operation and no waitresses lost their jobs to workers from abroad.
Rail safety improvements announced in wake of Lac-Mégantic:
Changes to improve rail safety were announced Wednesday by federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt in response to recommendations made by the Transportation Safety Board in the aftermath of the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Que.
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Well: Aspirin Benefits Some at Risk for Colon Cancer: Many studies have found that regular aspirin use reduces the risk for colon cancer. Now scientists have found that aspirin may benefit some people far more than others
The Map Makers: Brain Control in a Flash of Light: Karl Deisseroth is among a group of scientists who have been working on a way to turn brain cells on and off using genetic engineering and light
Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest: Scientists say that a long drought that has affected trees in Central Africa could help them understand how global warming may harm vegetation Dot Earth Blog: A Deeper Look at a Study Finding High Leak Rates From Gas Drilling: A closer look at a hot study on high gas leak rates in Pennsylvania’s fracking zone raises coal questions
Researchers See New Importance for Y Chromosome: Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body
‘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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