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International News Archive - August 14, 2012

Fukushima Radiation Has Affected Butterflies

Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, according to a new study out of the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa.

Crowdsourcing Helps With Flag Fen Archeology

Crowd funding and crowdsourcing are two relatively recent phenomena being leveraged by an archeological group in the United Kingdom to uncover the mysteries of a slightly older phenomenon, Flag Fen.

Macabre Finds Confirm Violent Conflict In The Bog At Alken Enge

A fractured skull and a thigh bone hacked in half -- finds of damaged human bones along with axes, spears, clubs and shields confirm that the bog at Alken Enge was the site of violent conflict

Research In The Brazilian Rain Forest

Slash and burn practice for centuries as source of stable carbon compounds in the oceans

Word of the Day
honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.