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  • 700,000-Year-Old Horse Found in Yukon Permafrost Yields Oldest DNA Ever Decoded

    11/23/2013 12:58:13 PM PST · by Dysart · 37 replies
    Western Digs ^ | 11-22-13 | Blake de Pastino
    The frozen remains of a horse more than half a million years old have reluctantly given up their genetic secrets, providing scientists with the oldest DNA ever sequenced. The horse was discovered in 2003 in the ancient permafrost of Canada’s west-central Yukon Territory, not far from the Alaskan border.And although the animal was dated to between 560,000 and 780,000 years old, an international team of researchers was able to use a new combination of techniques to decipher its genetic code. Among the team’s findings is that the genus Equus — which includes all horses, donkeys, and zebras — dates back...
  • World's Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

    07/03/2013 9:08:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 26, 2013 | Jane J. Lee
    Samples from a horse leg bone more than 700,000 years old have yielded the oldest full genome known to date... The Pleistocene horse genome Orlando and colleagues pieced together helped them determine that the ancestor to the Equus lineage -- the group that gave rise to modern horses, zebras, and donkeys -- arose 4 to 4.5 million years ago, or about two million years earlier than previously thought... The team found that Przewalski's horses were an offshoot of the lineage that gave rise to domestic horses. The two groups diverged around 50,000 years ago... The six-inch (15-centimeter) horse leg bone...
  • Yukon boaters irked by new Alaska customs rules

    06/14/2013 5:47:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    CBC ^ | 12 Jun, 2013
    A new director of customs in Skagway, Alaska, is creating confusion for Yukon boat owners with new registration and reporting rules that don't seem to be written anywhere. The rules affect about 250 Yukoners who have bought and registered boats in Alaska and moor them in Skagway. “We're ready to go,” said Yukon boater Bob Cameron. “We all want to go, but what do we do? We're a little bit scared to untie our boats." That's because if the boater is Canadian, Skagway's director of Customs and Border Services is requiring them to report where they’re going. They must also...
  • Yukon Mountie stripped of pilot’s licence for flying so low he struck a parked car

    06/10/2013 4:34:53 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | JUNE 10, 2013 | Tristin Hopper
    For the crime of “buzzing” a crowd of European adventurers so close that he clipped one of their cars with the wing of his single-engine plane, on Friday a Yukon RCMP constable was stripped of his pilot’s license for two years.
  • Algore helping Yukon Cornelious fight the Bumble

    12/01/2011 6:01:34 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    me ^ | 12-1-11 | wobly bob
    Exclusive FR photo:when not fighting global climate change, Algore is saving the UN on the Island of Misfit dictators from the evil, republican Bumble.
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/29/2008 5:29:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 459+ views
    Quarter Horse News ^ | April 29, 2008 | Sonny Williams
    Each day, I make the dreaded drive down Interstate 35 to go to work in Fort Worth. Each day, I slug through the snarl and sludge of ceaseless traffic, which intensifies my growing desire to commit hari-kari, or at least incites a vehement curse of the highway gods. Certainly, we in Texas need more lanes, more roads, more rails, more something to deal with the ever-expanding urban population and growing international commerce. Yet how do we solve our transportation needs without carving up the countryside like some congratulatory cake? Or should the construction of a superhighway-rail-utility corridor even concern us?...
  • Warmer weather on the horizon

    02/24/2007 2:32:01 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies · 304+ views
    News-Miner ^ | February 24, 2007 | Tim Mowry
    A late-season cold snap that descended on Fairbanks nearly a week ago is expected to lift on Sunday, ending what so far has been the winter’s harshest cold spell. The low temperature of 44 degrees below zero at the Fairbanks International Airport on Friday morning was the lowest temperature this late in the winter since 1964, according to meteorologist Rick Thoman with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks. It marked the second straight day with a low temperature of 40 below or colder and the fifth day in a row the low was at least 35 below. The temperature on...
  • U.S. banker bags ram at $90K a horn(Hunted Dall Ram)

    08/09/2006 6:30:19 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 11 replies · 534+ views
    National Post ^ | 09 Aug 2006 | Kelly Patrick and Melissa Leong
    Bid $180,000 for permit: First non-native to hunt in Yukon sanctuary since '42 The hunting trophy Edward Rasmuson plans to mount in his Alaskan office did not come cheap. The Anchorage banker and philanthropist paid about $180,000 for the privilege of being the first non-native licensed hunter in 64 years to bag a Dall sheep in the Kluane Wildlife Sanctuary. Last Sunday, Mr. Rasmuson emerged from a seven-day hunt in a 1,000-square-kilometre section of the mountainous southern Yukon game preserve with an 11-year-old ram that boasted 1.1-metre spiralled horns. The Kluane sanctuary is managed by the Kluane First Nation, which,...
  • Protest Warriors sleeping with the enemy?

    04/23/2006 9:40:17 PM PDT · by T_M_P · 105 replies · 2,058+ views
    Protest Warrior forums ^ | 04/24/06 | T_M_P
    It seems that a "clean up" has taken place at the Protest Warriors Forum. They have banned several of there conservative members that supposedly had been posting gay pornography, starting personal attack topics against users, and/or spamming the forum. I have been a member of Protest Warrior for almost three years and have not seen one of the people mentioned ever post "gay porn", and the only time they have ever insulted or attacked anyone from the forum was in self defense. Most of the banned did have strong conviction when it came to homosexuality. Obviously there are quite a...
  • Yukon Court Allows Gays To Marry

    07/15/2004 2:56:58 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 12 replies · 358+ views
    Big News Network ^ | July 15, 2004 | Staff
    A judge's ruling in Whitehorse Wednesday made Canada's Yukon Territory the fourth jurisdiction in that nation to legalize gay marriages. Yukon Supreme Court Justice Peter McIntyre ordered the territorial government to change its definition of marriage to, the voluntary union for life of two persons, to the exclusion of all others, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The court also ruled two gay men, Stephene Dunbar and Rob Edge, should be allowed to marry as scheduled Saturday, the report said. Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia also allow same-sex marriages. Canada's federal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada for an...
  • Trial Opens for Jailed Russian Billionaire

    05/28/2004 10:49:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 159+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 28 2004 | MARA D. BELLABY/AP
    MOSCOW - After more than seven months behind bars, Russia's richest man, oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, briefly appeared in a Moscow court Friday for the first of two important hearings in a case that threatens to bring down the business empire he built. Before Khodorkovsky's lawyers could introduce a series of court challenges, however, tax inspectors asked for more time to study the case and Judge Irina Kolesnikova postponed the trial until June 8, lawyer Yuri Schmidt said. The closed-door session began a process that could ultimately end not with Khodorkovsky serving more than 10 years in prison and the...
  • NASA asks Yukon developer for ice-core drill

    03/07/2004 2:31:35 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 2 replies · 187+ views
    WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory - Yukon technology could be headed to Mars. NASA has contracted Erik Blake of Whitehorse's Icefield Instruments Inc. to design an ice core drill to be tested in May and, perhaps eventually on Mars, if Houston finds no problems. Blake sells ice drill assemblies now for about $130,000 each but wouldn't discuss what the contract with NASA was worth. "It works much like an auger for drilling holes in the lake for ice fishing, but it is actually cutting a doughnut shape and leaving the inside core," he said. The prototype will be built with regular steel...
  • Melting ice in Yukon reveals ancient hunting artifacts

    01/13/2004 7:57:49 PM PST · by SteveH · 22 replies · 832+ views
    cbc.ca ^ | Jan. 13, 2004 | CBC Staff
    Melting ice in Yukon reveals ancient hunting artifacts Last Updated Tue Jan 13 12:14:37 2004 WHITEHORSE-- Archeologists working in the Yukon's melting snow fields say they've found some of the oldest evidence of human habitation in the territory. Last year's warm summer further melted the territory's alpine snowfields, which have become a rich source of artifacts from the territory's pre-history. Scientists say tools such as this spear shaft and point are among the oldest evidence of humans in Yukon The sites have been the subject of worldwide attention since scientists discovered the snowfields were once favourite summer hunting grounds. In...
  • Yukon mothers latch on to breast-feeding title

    10/06/2003 7:40:37 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 6 replies · 312+ views
    National Post ^ | October 6, 2003 | Julie Smyth
    The women of Yukon have defended their North American title in a breastfeeding contest held this weekend. On the second floor of a bakery in Whitehorse, 36 women began a countdown, then simultaneously latched their babies on to their breasts. In two other places in the northern territory -- Dawson City and Haines Junction -- groups of women also placed their children in sucking position at exactly 11 a.m. on Saturday, in a contest referred to as The Great Canadian Breastfeeding Suck-In on one of the organizer's Web site. Yukon beat out other provinces and states, earning the distinction as...
  • Should Western Canada Join the United States? (Vanity)

    09/13/2002 5:48:45 PM PDT · by Edward Watson · 78 replies · 876+ views
    Self ^ | Sept 13, 2002 | Edward Watson
    SHOULD WESTERN CANADA JOIN THE UNITED STATES? The best thing for us Western Canadians is to join the US. We have a lot to offer - 2.5 TRILLION barrels of oil in the Alberta oilsands, greater than all the oil in the Middle East. About 300 billion barrels are recoverable using today's technologies. Oil offshore BC estimated at two to three times the size of Alaska's total oil fields. Natural gas, water, minerals and wood coming out of the yingyang. If the three Western provinces and the Yukon territory joined the United States as three states, the US would grow...