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Cheltenham Festival: Native River romps to Gold Cup success

Cheltenham Festival: Native River romps to Gold Cup success

Sports
Native River won a thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup after an epic duel with Might Bite.The 5-1 chance gave Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard his first victory in the race after some spectacular jumping under champion jockey Richard Johnson.Favourite Might Bite (4-1), seeking a historic Cheltenham Festival treble for trainer Nicky Henderson, was a gallant runner-up, beaten by four and a half lengths.Anibale Fly (33-1) finished third ahead of Road To Respect and Djakadam.Read more: 'Tizzard gives Cheltenham a gold top'Podcast: 'A Gold Cup that lived up to the hype'Read more: Jockey wins despite dislocated shoulderBut the race was all about the memorable battle between last year's third-placed horse Native River and King George VI Chase winner Might Bite.The pair led from the front, roared on by a se...
Louvre Museum shuts down lower level as River Seine continues to flood

Louvre Museum shuts down lower level as River Seine continues to flood

World
Following weeks of heavy rain in Paris, the River Seine continues to rise -- now putting its famous Louvre Museum in danger. The water level is expected to reach 20 feet by Saturday, which is 13 feet higher than its normal height, according to the latest official weather bulletin. The rise of the water level is causing disruption to the city’s transportation system. Seven metro stations alongside the river in Paris have been shut down and will remain closed until Jan. 31, transport authorities said. The flood is also starting to affect the Louvre Museum, located next to the Seine. In a statement, France's most visited museum -- home of the Mona Lisa -- said it will close the lower level of the Department of Islamic Arts until Jan. 28. Roads and walking paths along the river have been
Study reveals dramatic loss of genetic diversity among Columbia River Chinook salmon

Study reveals dramatic loss of genetic diversity among Columbia River Chinook salmon

Science
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Genetic diversity helps species survive and adapt to changing environmental conditions. Unfortunately for the Columbia River Chinook salmon, the species has lost nearly two-thirds of its genetic diversity.Scientists at Washington State University collected and analyzed DNA samples from salmon found in the Snake and Columbia rivers. They compared their genome to DNA samples from salmon bones dating to 7,000 years ago.The results -- published this week in the journal PLOS One -- show the salmon has experienced a dramatic decline in genetic diversity.Researchers aren't sure what's driving the decline but believe the arrival of European settlers in the 1800s played a significant role."The big question is: Is it the dams or was it this huge fishing pressure when Europeans arriv...