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Inside the auditions for Canada's National Ballet School

Seven little girls in pink tights and ballet slippers gathered and giggled quietly in a holding room at Studio Bizz on Mont-Royal Ave. one …

Ballet

‘Ballet is ruthlessly Darwinian’

Last Saturday, while dancing Kitri in <i>Don Quixote</i>, Natalia Osipova slipped and fell. The Russian ballerina recovered herself quickly, flashing the audience a rueful grin, and completed the first act with her partner, Matthew Golding. During the interval it was announced that she had hurt herself too …

APOD: The Sun in X-rays from NuSTAR (2014 Dec 29) Image Credit: NuSTAR, SDO, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141229.html Explanation: Why are the regions above sunspots so hot? Sunspots themselves are a bit cooler than the surrounding solar surface because the magnetic fields that create them reduce convective heating. It is therefore unusual that regions overhead -- even much higher up in the Sun's corona -- can be hundreds of times hotter. To help find the cause, NASA directed the Earth-orbiting Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite to point its very sensitive X-ray telescope at the Sun. Featured above is the Sun in ultraviolet light, shown in a red hue as taken by the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Superimposed in false-colored green and blue is emission above sunspots detected by NuSTAR in different bands of high-energy X-rays, highlighting regions of extremely high temperature. Clues about the Sun's atmospheric heating mechanisms may not only come from this initial image, but future NuSTAR images aimed at finding hypothesized nanoflares, brief bursts of energy that may drive the unusual heating. http://www.nasa.gov/nustar http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/ http://www.nasa.gov/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141229 #APOD

NASA Kepler Finds Milky Way's Oldest Known Earth-Mass Planets

Intelligent life in our Milky Way Galaxy may have gotten a gigantic head start, say astronomers who confirmed the detection of low-mass, rocky planets around a star that’s at least 11.2 billion years old, or more than twice the age of our own solar system.<p>In a paper recently published in <i>The</i> …

The Most Beautiful College Campuses In 2015, Ranked By Princeton Review

Beautiful campuses inspire a real sense of higher education -- or at least something pretty to look at while you doze off in lecture. The campuses here have been ranked the most beautiful by the Princeton Review for the 2014-15 academic year, and all earned their spots on the list.<p>The colleges …

Pope Francis Expected To Instruct One Billion Catholics To Act On Climate Change

At the end of 2015, the nations of the world will meet in Paris and attempt to hammer out a global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. And Pope …

State's drought having pronounced effect on wildlife

Starving baby squirrels in parts of Northern California are so hungry that they are jumping out of their nests to search for food and getting lost on the way home.<p>The increase in suddenly motherless squirrels is just one example of how the state's prolonged drought has affected wildlife, experts …