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This is the polar bear capital of the world, but the snow has gone

Churchill, on the banks of the Hudson Bay in Canada, is known as the polar bear capital of the world. Hundreds of bears gather there each year before the sea freezes over in October and November so they can hunt seals again from the ice for the first time since the summer.<p>I first went there 12 …

A Brief History Of Politicians Lifting Words From Other Sources

The legal scholar Richard Posner points out in <i>The Little Book Of Plagiarism</i> that The Bard himself was a "formidable plagiarist."<p>In one celebrated scene in <i>Anthony and Cleopatra,</i> Shakespeare borrows heavily from Plutarch's <i>Life of Mark Antony</i>. That borrowing extends to modern literature and even the …

US Department of Homeland Security Talks Blockchain R&D

The science and technology division of the US government department created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is increasingly taking an …

UK library closures and the fights to save them

Campaigners across the country have been fighting to keep libraries threatened by cuts open to the public<p>Hundreds of libraries have closed or been confronted with closure in the past five years as local councils across the UK deal with funding cuts. Here are some of the most notable threats to …

L.A. could impose new rules for pot shops paying city taxes

Even as Los Angeles tries to crack down on marijuana businesses, one arm of city government -- its tax registration office -- has continued to register pot shops that may not be allowed to operate under voter-approved regulations.<p>The practice has alarmed some city lawmakers, who complain that …