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International News Archive - December 17, 2012

China iPhone 5 Sales Hit 2 Million During Opening Weekend

The best-selling and record-breaking iPhone 5 has only been available in China for the past 3 days and so far, it looks to be a massive hit.

Using Uranium-236 From The 1960s To Investigate Ocean Currents

n the period of atmospheric nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s significant amounts of uranium-236 were distributed world-wide.

Fate Of Phosphorous Determined By Soil

Brazil’s soybean yields have become competitive with those of the United States and Argentina, but the soil demands a lot of phosphorous, which is not renewable.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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