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International News Archive - August 22, 2012

Android App To Control Panasonic Devices

Japanese Android device owners will soon be able to do another trick with their smartphones: control their appliances.

Aquatic Invader That Can Survive Without Water

Nowadays, an increasing number of rivers and lakes are being invaded by exotic snails, which come from remote regions, and even other continents.

Social Media Sites Under Siege, India Blocks Access For “Inflammatory” Content

Twitter and Facebook are among the social media websites that are being urged to remove content that is deemed “inflammatory” by the Indian government, in a move to quell fears of communal violence in India.

Marine Protection Gets Local Boost In Fiji

A new study by researchers from the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society has found that locally managed marine protected areas within Fiji are playing an increasingly important role in the nation's strategy to protect inshore habitats.

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.'