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  • BBC documentary cameras are no match, it turns out, for the destructive curiosity of your average polar bear. Producers of the BBC show "Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice" thought they could outwit their documentary subjects on the Arctic islands of Svalbard by concealing weather-resistant high-tech cameras inside casings that mimicked the look of ice floes and other snow formations. The idea, apparently, was to capture the unguarded rounds of polar bear life in the species' natural habitat, in the general style of the successful Animal Planet franchise "Meerkat Manor."

    [Photos: More polar bear images]

    But the inquisitive bears weren't taken in by the ruse. The cameras were designed to survive in temperatures as low as -40 degree Celsius, but once they came in the sights--and more important, the grip--of wandering polar bears, they were soon clawed, gnawed and crushed into state of total dysfunction. The heroic cameras in some instances caught the moment of their own demise.

    [Video: Surfer records great white sharks circling beneath his board]

    You can watch the bear-camera smackdown after the jump. (Hat tip: Gizmodo.)

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  • AP070228010966Goldman Sachs bankers may take home their slimmest bonus checks in years, according to a new Credit Suisse report.

    "We expect full year comp expense to be accrued at 40.4% of revenues, the second lowest level since Goldman has been a public firm, reflective of both [management] discipline and the impact of new hires over the past year," the Credit Suisse report says. The report also says that rival investment bank Morgan Stanley will also see its compensation rate go down to 51 percent of revenues, the Wall Street Journal points out.

    Another analyst has targeted both investment banks in a new report, lowering his earnings estimates for the firms in the fourth quarter of 2010 and in 2011.

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  • The top 5 feuds of 2010

    AP100930056484What's a year without a few good feuds? Here at The Lookout, we try to stay firmly grounded in the substance of debates, but sometimes it's fun to get down in the mud a bit. Here's a look at five important, silly, and/or ugly fights we covered this past year.

    1. Angry homeowners vs. Bank of America

    Zachary Roth describes the plight of one Arizona family who entered a purgatory of confusion, delays, and stonewalling when they tried to modify their home loan with Countrywide, now Bank of America. The attorneys general for Nevada and Arizona are speaking up on behalf of the states' families, accusing the bank of "widespread fraud" and deliberately misleading borrowers about the terms of their loans. In a new twist, more homeowners are suing Bank of America and JP Morgan for illegal breaking and entering, alleging that the banks wrongly foreclosed on their homes and then entered and had the locks changed and electricity shut off.

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