The Weekly Buzz: New Spiders, WHO Examines Rio, Termites On Radar
This week, seven colorful new spiders are discovered, the Rio Zika debate continues, and a termite swarm gets so big it's picked up on radar.
Rio Debate Continues:
Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization, told Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a letter that she will ask the organization's Zika Emergency Committee to assess the risks of holding the games scheduled this summer in Rio de Janeiro as planned. The games are scheduled to begin on Aug. 5. Brazil has been at the center of an outbreak of the Zika virus and some experts have called for the games to be rescheduled or relocated.
Zika Hits U.S. Military:
Eleven members of the U.S. military have reportedly contracted the Zika virus. The Pentagon said all 11 had traveled to places dealing with Zika outbreaks, mainly the Caribbean or South America. (USA Today)
Storm or Swarm?
Think a termite swarm is no big deal? Think again. A swarm of termites in New Orleans grew big enough to show up on radar. The National Weather Service spotted the cloud and shared a picture of their radar to prove it. Needless to say, if you see a cloud of termites that big, give us a call. (Fox 5 Vegas)
Shiny New Spiders:
They say there's nothing new under the sun (including the saying that there's nothing new under the sun), but an Australian scientist did recently discover seven new species of peacock spiders, the colorful little jumping spiders known for their intricate mating dances and bright coloring. The cheerful-looking spiders are so charming they apparently win over even arachnaphobes. (CBC)