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News from the North

Friday, January 7, 2011, 15:26 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

A couple of items from the frozen tundra of Canada, much of which isn’t actually frozen but I like saying the phrase “frozen tundra”:

Russia beats Canada

Russia completed the biggest comeback in world junior championship history to beat Canada 5-3 and win the gold medal in Buffalo on Wednesday night.

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Canada cruised to a 3-0 lead after two periods in a game that had the pro-Canadian crowd rocking and the Canucks in full control of the play …

But in the opening minutes of the third period, the game changed dramatically.

Yeah, I know something about that. It sucks.

Canadian child discovers supernova

A ten-year old girl from Canada has discovered a supernova, making her the youngest person ever to find a stellar explosion. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada announced the discovery by Kathryn Aurora Gray of Fredericton, New Brunswick, (wonderful middle name!) who was assisted by astronomers Paul Gray and David Lane. Supernova 2010lt is a magnitude 17 supernova in galaxy UGC 3378 in the constellation of Camelopardalis, as reported on IAU Electronic Telegram 2618. The galaxy was imaged on New Year’s Eve 2010, and the supernova was discovered on January 2, 2011 by Kathryn and her father Paul.

In the grand scheme of things, would you rather win a hockey game or have really intelligent kids? Take your time and think about it. There is no wrong answer.

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