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Kudzu, ‘the vine that ate the South’ (2)

THE vine has completely dominated Georgia, USA, and has reached the north shore of Lake Erie, positioning itself near Leamington, Ontario, Canada. Known in the United States as “the vine that ate the South”, it continued to reach for world domination. In the 1930s and 1940s the US government subsidized farmers to plant an estimated three million acres of Kudzu to help combat soil erosion from poor farming practices. By the early 1950s, however, the Soil Conservation Service was quietly back-pedaling on its big kudzu push. In the 1990s, it was placed on the Federal Noxious Weed List.

Here is one of example of non-native species that quickly became an enormous, invasive problem. Kudzu, also known as “mile-a-minute vine” is one of the world’s worst invasive species. This species has become a very serious problem in United States.

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Early in 2011, nuclear energy accounted for almost 30% of Japan’s total electricity production (29% in 2009). There were plans to increase this to 41% by 2017, and 50% by 2030. Nuclear power has been expected to play an even bigger role in Japan’s future.

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Japan’s sixth Kounotori (white stork), an unmanned spacecraft, arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver about 6 tons of cargo including supplies, experiments, and Christmas gifts for the crew. The Kounotori-6 cargo ship, also called HTV-6, was captured by the outpost’s robotic Canadarm2 at 5:37 a.m. EST (10:37 GMT) Dec. 13, 2016.

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Emoji culture

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The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2015 was a pictograph, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji.

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More and more Indian couples are going overseas for wedding ceremonies. Thailand has an extremely good image in India as the perfect place for destination weddings. It also received the “Best Wedding Destination” award conducted by Travel & Leisure India & South Asia magazine for four consecutive years (2011-2014).

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