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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
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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