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- (FILES) - A picture taken on October 12, 2012 shows the European Union flag flying amongst European Union member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. The European elections will be held accross the 28-nation bloc from May 22 to 25.   AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

Lost in Translation You’ve spent hours making lists of what you need to pack. You’ve obsessively checked weather forecasts for your travel dates. You’ve booked your flight and hotel rooms months in advance. But did you spend any time thinking about communicating with the people you’ll meet during your travels? If not, fear not! Below are essential phrases and their…

Let’s begin this week with a troubling report from the medical journal Nature. The well-respected publication reports that the international effort to monitor various flu viruses is full of holes. Nature analyzed data from around the world and found that avian flu surveillance is “ad hoc and reactive” – usually in response to disease outbreaks or temporary research projects. In short,…

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