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  • New Story by Beatrix Potter to Be Published | Britannica.com
    followed it to uncover the manuscript in the Victoria and Albert s archives Potter had submitted the story to her publisher in 1914 but World War I and other interruptions interfered with its publication and the manuscript lay untouched until its rediscovery by Hanks The Tale of Kitty in Boots is in Potter s words about a well behaved prime black Kitty cat who leads rather a double life The cat who is named Kitty by her owner but calls herself Miss Catherine St Quintin has a secret identity in which she parades about in a gentleman s Norfolk jacket and little fur lined boots and is well known to the other animals of the neighborhood including Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy Winkle One of only two illustrations Potter herself made for the book depicts Miss St Quintin in the aforementioned outfit with a rifle slung over her shoulder in the manner of a country squire The book will be published by Beatrix Potter s original publisher Frederick Warne Co with illustrations by Quentin Blake Fortuitously 2016 is the 150th anniversary of Potter s birth Read More on This Topic 1 Learn more about the world of Beatrix Potter 2

    Original URL path: http://www.britannica.com/story/new-story-by-beatrix-potter-to-be-published (2016-02-13)
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  • The Haggis! Burns Night in Scotland | Britannica.com
    to elaborate ceremonies A piper may signal the start of proceedings which soon give way to the Burns Supper The star of the meal is haggis Scotland s national dish Burns s ode To a Haggis is recited before the haggis is carved and served to guests Whisky wine and ale have prominent roles in the meal and alcohol can play a role in easing the transition to the entertainment to come The evening then proceeds to the performance of the songs and poems of Burns often with a hearty mixture of seriousness and humor The toast to Burns himself is perhaps the most prominent expression of the former while the Toast to the Lassies in honor of women both present and absent is a lighthearted affair A Reply from the Lassies is often presented as a witty rejoinder that sarcastically spells out the strengths of the gentlemen in attendance The event traditionally closes with a group rendition of Auld Lang Syne perhaps the most famous work attributed to Burns Read More on This Topic 1 How did Robert Burns become Scotland s national poet 2 Just what is a haggis Recommended From the Web Scotland s Official Guide to

    Original URL path: http://www.britannica.com/story/the-haggis!-burns-night-in-scotland (2016-02-13)
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  • Antarctic Adventurer Dies | Britannica.com
    had been attempting the first completely unaided solo trek across the southern continent and was close to his 1 100 mile 1 770 km goal when his health failed and he was unable to continue the journey The ailing trekker was airlifted to Punta Arenas where he died of peritonitis Worsley who had recently retired from the British army was attempting the cross Antarctica expedition that Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton had planned a century earlier but had been unable to start after his party was shipwrecked and stranded Worsley left from the Ronne Ice Shelf on November 14 2015 and reached the South Pole on January 2 2016 He then headed for the Ross Ice Shelf and was only some 30 miles 50 km from his planned take out point when he called off the journey He had undertaken the expedition as a fundraiser for the Endeavour Fund a charitable organization supported by Britain s Princes William and Harry Read More on This Topic 1 Tell me more about Antarctica 2 Who was Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton 3 Read about the attempted rescue of another famous polar explorer New Story by Beatrix Potter to Be Published The Haggis Burns Night

    Original URL path: http://www.britannica.com/story/antarctic-adventurer-dies (2016-02-13)
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  • Early Human Massacre Discovered in East Africa | Britannica.com
    or nearly complete skeletons 10 of which appear to have been killed at the hands of another group The find promises to change our understanding of the history of human warfare War or intergroup aggression as opposed to individual violence is believed to be rare among modern day hunter gatherer peoples which many anthropologists construe to mean that the same held true in human prehistory Only settled agricultural societies would have territory to protect one of the reasons one group might attack another but the peoples of the Turkana region in the Holocene were hunter gatherers The skeletons are those of men women and children who bore fatal injuries including broken bones and blunt or sharp trauma to the head Fragments of stone weapons were embedded in some of the bones At least three individuals showed evidence of having been bound at the wrists and possibly the feet None of the individuals appears to have been deliberately buried meaning that all were left where they fell The evidence that the violence was committed by a group of outsiders includes the presence of weapons made of obsidian a material not usually found in the Turkana region Thus the Nataruk site may represent the earliest known case of human warfare Photo Skeleton After Excavation This woman s skeleton was found reclining on the left elbow with fractures on the knees and possibly the left foot The position of the hands suggests her wrists may have been bound Marta Mirazon Lahr Read More on This Topic 1 What are some of the causes of aggressive behavior in animals and humans 2 How is war defined as distinct from other aggressive acts 3 What other significant prehistoric remains have been found in the Lake Turkana area QUIZ Prehistory and Origins Fact or Fiction Take

    Original URL path: http://www.britannica.com/story/early-human-massacre-discovered-in-east-africa (2016-02-13)
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  • A Planet Beyond Pluto? | Britannica.com
    visual confirmation of its existence astronomers have aimed their most powerful telescopes at the potential location of Planet Nine which would likely be gaseous and about the size of Neptune Read More on This Topic 1 The orbit of which outer solar system body could possibly be explained by Planet Nine 2 What is another distant body that was previously known as the 10th Planet LIST 9 Ghostly Planets Were

    Original URL path: http://www.britannica.com/story/a-planet-beyond-pluto (2016-02-13)
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  • Earliest Drawings of Volcanoes Discovered? | Britannica.com
    The cave discovered in 1994 is located about 22 miles 35 km northwest of the Bas Vivarais volcanic field an area that contains several extinct volcanoes that erupted before people were known to occupy that region In 2012 the research team embarked on a geological survey of the Bas Vivarais area to determine whether more recent eruptions also took place about 37 000 or 36 000 years ago which would coincide with human habitation of the Chauvet cave Testing verified that eruptions did in fact happen during that period and given that the volcanoes would have been visible and audible from a vantage point on top of the cave the scientists believe they have a strong hypothesis Until this geological testing researchers of the Chauvet cave had assumed the red and white fountain like images were abstract drawings The cave walls are largely covered in more typical prehistoric red black and white drawings of animals The inclusion of nonfigurative imagery would have been unusual Until now the earliest known image of a volcanic eruption was thought to be the 9 000 year old drawing of Mount Hasan in a Neolithic mural at Çatalhüyük in south central Turkey Read More on

    Original URL path: http://www.britannica.com/story/earliest-drawings-of-volcanoes-discovered (2016-02-13)
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  • Picturing Patricia Highsmith | Britannica.com
    an anomaly for her both in its subject matter a lesbian love affair and in its somewhat positive outlook It was a book that Joan Schenkar one of Highsmith s biographers wrote made her uneasy all her life Until Carol was published stories about lesbian relationships were largely treated in pulp fiction And they did not end well usually someone died In 1952 the year that Carol was published lesbianism was a largely forbidden topic And having had her debut novel Strangers on a Train snapped up by none other than Alfred Hitchcock who made it into a creepy compelling movie as only he could she stood to lose a lot For Carol originally published as The Price of Salt the budding author used the pseudonym Claire Morgan and remained silent on her personal life Read More on This Topic 1 Learn more about Patricia Highsmith 2 What personality disorder could be attributed to the talented Mr Ripley 3 What other films has the director of Carol made LIST Editor Picks 9 Queer Writers You Should Read Doesn t matter where you fall on the Kinsey scale Earliest Drawings of Volcanoes Discovered Brain Damage Linked to Zika Virus Strikes in

    Original URL path: http://www.britannica.com/story/picturing-patricia-highsmith (2016-02-13)
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  • Brain Damage Linked to Zika Virus Strikes in U.S. | Britannica.com
    of Zika virus in the child who likely became infected after the mother was bitten by a virus carrying mosquito while traveling in Brazil early in her pregnancy In recent months Brazil has seen a more than 20 fold increase in microcephaly cases The cases have emerged subsequent to a large outbreak of Zika fever in the country Zika fever is caused by Zika virus which is closely related to the virus that causes dengue Both diseases are transmitted to humans by the same species of Aedes mosquitoes Zika fever historically was considered a relatively benign condition but in recent years it has been associated with severe neurological complications Why Zika virus is linked to those complications is unknown The sudden increase in Zika virus associated neurological disease has raised health concerns for pregnant women In particular CDC officials have cautioned pregnant women and women who are planning to become pregnant against travel to countries in the Caribbean and South and Central America that currently are affected by Zika fever Read More on This Topic 1 What is Zika fever 2 Learn about the factors behind the spread of virulent viruses LIST 6 Exotic Diseases That Could Come to a

    Original URL path: http://www.britannica.com/story/brain-damage-linked-to-zika-virus-strikes-in-u.s. (2016-02-13)
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