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International News Archive - December 20, 2012

Avian Flu Found In Chinese Pigs

Researchers in southern China have found pigs that carry strains of the avian flu. The infection of pigs is a concern as it can affect the general population’s health and poses the seriousness of a possible pandemic.

Small Wasps Control A Big Pest

With the purpose of developing new biological methods to control one of the major pests affecting the southwest Europe pine stands, a joint collaboration initiated a research to detect the parasitoid guild of the Pine Wood Nematode (PWN) vector, Monochamus galloprovincialis (Olivier).

Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.