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International News Archive - December 31, 2012

Eidos Founder Among UK Tech Giants Honored By Queen

Some of the UK's top technology pioneers, including the founder of video game publisher Eidos Interactive, are among those being recognized by the Queen as part of her annual New Year's Honours list.

Botanist Discovers Cave Dwelling Nettle In China

South West China, Myanmar and Northern Vietnam contain one of the oldest exposed outcrops of limestone in the world.

New Discoveries From Bird Watching

A recent study used bird watching records to build up the first bird watching database in China, which found a batch of new records of national level and a trend of species moving to higher latitude and higher elevation regions.

Himalayas Will Have More Massive Earthquakes, Warn Scientists

An international team of researchers has found that a pair of massive, historical earthquakes ruptured the surface in the central Himalayas.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'