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November 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

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BBC News – Fly-through of Antarctica’s Gamburtsev ‘ghost mountains’

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Scientists think they can now explain the existence of what are perhaps Earth’s most extraordinary mountains.

The Gamburtsevs are the size of the European Alps and yet are totally buried beneath the Antarctic ice.

A geophysical survey of the range was conducted in 2008/9. This allowed researchers to assess the mountains’ origin.

In this video, Fausto Ferraccioli from the British Antarctic Survey takes us on a virtual fly-through of the Gamburtsevs.

Animation courtesy of the British Antarctic Survey.

via BBC News – Fly-through of Antarctica’s Gamburtsev ‘ghost mountains’.

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November 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm

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Chatauqua Airlines pilot on route to LaGuardia causes terror scare by locking himself in toilet | Mail Online

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A pilot inadvertently caused a mid-air terror scare when he accidentally locked himself in the toilet and sent a passenger ‘with a Middle Eastern accent’ to the cockpit for help.

With the flight not far from landing, a spooked co-pilot refused to let the Good Samaritan in, and instead told the control tower at LaGuardia Airport of his serious concerns that an attack was underway.

The passenger continued to bang on the door for assistance and even offered the password but the co-pilot refused to budge, leading to fighter planes being alerted.

via Chatauqua Airlines pilot on route to LaGuardia causes terror scare by locking himself in toilet | Mail Online.

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November 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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Four Color Crown #7512 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

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November 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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Georgina Ragazza: Mixed Media Artist

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I’ve been soldiering on with the sandwiching together of cardboard layers – using a 50/50 mix of wood glue and water I’m starting to build up a sturdy structure that’s reuses resources and can be made to measure. Perfect for large canvasses that you don’t want to weigh a tonne!

via Georgina Ragazza: Mixed Media Artist.

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November 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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Chestnut-sided Warbler | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

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November 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Posted in Animals

Meet Gavin – the world’s most sarcastic gorilla | Metro.co.uk

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Gavin (we’ve named him, because the zoo hasn’t bothered) gets pretty peeved when visitors to the Jerusalem Zoo applaud him for his dances.

So peeved, in fact, that when they start clapping, he stops dancing, gives them a sarky grin, and mimics them precisely. Cheeky fella.

His antics have attracted plenty of attention, so at feeding time his enclosure is always surrounded.

As his keepers go in to feed him and his gorilla pals, most go straight for the grub – but not Gavin. When the crowds started applauding, he took a step away from the bunch and sat, one eye closed, clapping away and staring out the audience. Nice.

The pictures of Our Gav were captured by amateur photographer Olga Shiropaeva, who visited the zoo recently and witnessed his antics first hand.

The problem for Gavin is that the joke’s now backfired on him. People know he’s sarcastic so they’re clapping just to get a rise out of him.

via Meet Gavin – the world’s most sarcastic gorilla | Metro.co.uk.

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November 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

Posted in Animals

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