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International News Archive - January 17, 2013

Tibet’s Wild Yaks On The Rebound After Near Extinction

A multinational team of conservationists recently counted nearly 1,000 wild yaks in a remote area of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. Nearly decimated by overhunting in the twentieth century, and this find may indicate a significant comeback.

Effect Of Invasive Plants On Species Richness Depends On Scale

In Missouri forests, dense thickets of invasive honeysuckle decrease the light available to other plants, hog the attention of pollinators, and offer nutrient-stingy berries to migrating birds. They even release toxins to make it less likely native plants will germinate near them.

Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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