From today's featured article
Gigantorhynchus is a genus of thorny-headed worms that parasitize marsupials, anteaters, and possibly baboons by attaching themselves to the intestines using their hook-covered proboscis. The life cycle includes a larval stage in an intermediate host such as termites. In addition to the proboscis, the body is characterized by pseudosegmentation, filiform lemnisci, and ellipsoid testes. The largest known specimen is a female G. ortizi (example pictured) with a length of around 240 millimetres (9.4 in) and a width of 2 millimetres (0.079 in). Genetic analysis on one species of Gigantorhynchus places it with the related Mediorhynchus genus in the Giganthorhynchidae family. There are six species in this genus distributed across Central and South America and possibly Zimbabwe. Infestation by a Gigantorhynchus species can cause potentially fatal partial obstructions of the intestines or severe lesions of the intestinal wall. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the discrimination Vilma Núñez (pictured) experienced as a child born out of wedlock motivated her career as a Nicaraguan lawyer and human-rights activist?
- ... that Eli Wallach agreed to play the role of Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly immediately after watching the main title sequence of For a Few Dollars More?
- ... that Anna Feldhusen was for a long time the only female German artist to acquire a business license?
- ... that the First World War Zanzibar Volunteer Defence Force included practically every able-bodied British man residing in the protectorate?
- ... that a memorandum written by Douglass Cater convinced Lyndon B. Johnson to focus on education policy during his administration?
- ... that when Joe Brown and George Band made the first successful ascent of Kangchenjunga in 1955, they deliberately turned back a few feet below the summit?
- ... that the freighter John V. Moran and her sister ship were both sunk by ice on Lake Michigan, ten years apart?
- ... that the manga anthology Nanohana was inspired by efforts in Chernobyl and Fukushima to use plants to absorb radioactive material?
In the news
- American baseball player Hank Aaron (pictured) dies at the age of 86.
- Faustin-Archange Touadéra is elected for a second term as President of the Central African Republic.
- LauncherOne becomes the first liquid-fueled aircraft-launched rocket to reach orbit.
- Yoweri Museveni is re-elected as President of Uganda.
On this day
- 1264 – King Louis IX of France issued the Mise of Amiens, a settlement between King Henry III of England and barons led by Simon de Montfort heavily favouring the former, which later led to the Second Barons' War.
- 1565 – The Deccan sultanates defeated the Vijayanagara Empire at the Battle of Talikota in present-day Karnataka, ending the last great Hindu kingdom in southern India.
- 1915 – Rebels led by John Chilembwe (pictured) attacked local plantation owners, beginning an uprising regarded as a key moment in the history of Malawi.
- 2001 – Five people attempted to set themselves on fire in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, an act that many later claimed to have been staged by the Chinese Communist Party to frame Falun Gong and thus escalate their persecution.