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N Korea: Leader's uncle executed: The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Chang Song-thaek, is executed after being purged for corruption, says the state news agency.
Syria chemical arms 'probably used': Chemical weapons were "probably used" at five out of seven sites in Syria investigated by UN experts, their report says.
Ukraine protesters rebuild barricades: Pro-EU protesters in Ukraine reinforce their position in the centre of Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police earlier this week.
Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader: Bangladesh executes Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, who was convicted of atrocities during the country's 1971 war of independence.
Air Canada plane catches fire en route to Vancouver:
An Air Canada Express flight from Nanaimo to Vancouver was forced to turn around Thursday morning after a fire broke out in one engine shortly after takeoff.
Doug Ford sorry for handing out cash, will stick to gift cards:
Coun. Doug Ford says he’s sorry if he offended anyone by handing out cash to people living in a Toronto Community Housing building last night, promising to switch to Tim Hortons gift cards in future.
Tory Senator Hugh Segal to retire for Massey College job:
Conservative Senator Hugh Segal will retire next June after nine years in the Senate to head up Massey College in Toronto, he announced Thursday.
New York Times Science
Experts Eye Oil and Gas Industry as Quakes Shake Oklahoma: Oklahoma has never been known as earthquake country, with a yearly average of about 50, most minor. But in the past three years, the state has had thousands of quakes
Dot Earth Blog: Lake Effect on Display: Cold Winds Over (Relatively) Warm Waters: Cold air over relatively warm Great Lakes waters brings early deep snow and spectacular satellite images
Matter: Learning From the History of Vitamins: By studying how we and other species make vitamins, scientists hope to find new ways to keep us healthy
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
F.D.A. Restricts Antibiotics Use for Livestock: The move was a major shift that could have far-reaching implications for industrial farming and human health
‘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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