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Fabled Arctic ship found

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Sir John Franklin Expedition

Sir John Franklin Expedition

Archeologists involved in the hunt for the wreckage of the Franklin Expedition in Canada’s Arctic have discovered human remains they believe are from a member of the doomed crew.

Despite bad weather that has hampered some of their plans, the journey has been a productive one so far, says the chief of underwater archaeology for Parks Canada, and it should get even better with the addition of an automated underwater vehicle from the University of Victoria.

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One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada’s prime minister says.

Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them.

Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.

The expedition’s disappearance shortly after became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration.

The Canadian government began searching for Franklin’s ships in 2008 as part of a strategy to assert Canada’s sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, which has recently become accessible to shipping because of melting Arctic ice.

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Bad Animals…


Or Bad Owners?


Python escapes from pet shop and strangles two brothers

Boys aged five and seven sleeping in friend’s apartment above shop in Canada when snake escaped through ventilation system

A python escaped from its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, worked its way through a ventilation system into an upstairs apartment and killed two young boys as they slept, police have said.

The brothers, aged five and seven, were visiting the apartment of a friend above Reptile Ocean, an exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Julie Rogers-Marsh.

Police arrived at the apartment around 6.30am and found the two boys dead. A friend of the boys was sleeping in another room and was unharmed, Rogers-Marsh said. She said the owner of the pet store lived in the apartment.

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Owners of killer dogs could face life in prison

Government launches online consultation to determine whether there is public support for increase in maximum penalty

Owners of dogs that kill people could face life imprisonment if an online consultation run by the government demonstrates public support for more severe penalties.

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Ancient bone-headed dinosaur found


Reconstruction of Acrotholus audeti

Scientists have unveiled a new species of bone-headed dinosaur, which they say is the oldest in North America, and possibly the world.

The dog-sized plant-eater had a dome-shaped skull that may have been used to head-butt other dinosaurs.

University of Toronto researchers say the new species, revealed in the journal Nature Communications, fills in gaps in the dinosaur family tree.

They believe more small dinosaurs like Acrotholus audeti await discovery.

Bone-headed dinosaurs, or thick-headed lizards, are known scientifically as pachycephalosaurs.

They are a strange group of herbivorous dinosaurs which possessed a thick-boned dome on the top of their skulls.

The dome may have been used for decoration or to head-butt other dinosaurs in combat.

The new find, Acrotholus, dates back to 85 million years ago.

It was about the size of a large dog, weighed about 40kg (88lb), walked on two legs, and had a skull composed of solid bone over 10cm (4 inches) thick.

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Look at the Price!


Would you pay C$28 (US$27; £18) for a cabbage? $65 for a bag of chicken? $100 for 12 litres of water? That’s not the cost of a meal at a world-class restaurant, but the price of basic foodstuffs at supermarkets in the territory of Nunavut, in northern Canada.

Residents in Iqaluit, the territorial capital, and Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet and Igloolik, and sympathisers in the national capital, Ottawa, have been protesting in a bid to raise awareness of the high cost of food in remote communities. So why is their food so expensive?

Nunavut is as large as Western Europe and covers most of the Canadian Arctic, with a population of more than 30,000, mostly Inuit. Its harsh, northern climate means there is no agricultural industry.

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Where is Iqaluit?

On set of Winter by Ballygrant Boy (Flickriver)

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1 Million Dollar Coin

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The coin weighs 220.5 pounds and is 21 inches in diameter. The hand crafted coins will be produced in extremely limited quantities, and at 99.999% purity, the gold in the coin is actually worth more than twice its $1 million face value.

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Fluffy structures trapped in thumbnail-sized bits of ancient amber may represent some of the earliest evolutionary experiments leading to feathers, according to a new study. These filaments of “dinofuzz” are so well preserved that they even provide hints of color, the researchers say.

The oldest bird, Archaeopteryx, lived in what is now Germany about 150 million years ago, and the oldest known feathered dinosaur, Anchiornis huxleyi, lived in northeastern China between 151 million and 161 million years ago. Both creatures had modern-style feathers, each of which had a central shaft; barbs, which made up the feather’s vane; and substructures called barbules tipped with Velcro-like hooklets that held the barbs together to form a sturdy aerodynamic surface.

Structures believed to represent earlier stages of feather evolution, such as flexible, unbranched filaments—often called protofeathers but sometimes dubbed “dinofuzz”—have been found in fossils of dinosaurs that lived long after Archaeopteyrx and Anchiornis but had not been discerned in older fossils.

A ticklish debate. Recently analyzed chunks of Canadian amber include filaments presumed to be protofeathers (top) like those seen in some Chinese fossils of dinosaurs and fragments of feathers (below) similar to those sported by modern-day birds.

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Interesting article on BBC News also



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