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Akodon spegazzinii, Spegazzini's grass mouse, is a rodent in the genus Akodon. It inhabits grassland and forest in northwestern Argentina at 400 to 3,500 m (1,300 to 11,500 ft) above sea level. Compared with other members of the Akodon boliviensis species group, it is medium in size, with a head-and-body length of 93 to 196 mm (3.7 to 7.7 in) and a mass of 13.0 to 38.0 g (0.46 to 1.34 oz). The coloration of its upperparts varies considerably, from light to dark and from yellowish to reddish brown. The underparts are yellow-brown to gray. The eyes are surrounded by a ring of yellow fur. The skull contains an hourglass-shaped interorbital region (between the eyes), and various features of the skull distinguish the species from its close allies. It reproduces year-round. First named in 1897, the species now includes mice that had been given other names from variable populations. Because it is common and widely distributed in its habitat, it is considered a species of least concern. (Full article...)

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Twenty-two singles topped the Alternative Songs record chart in the 1980s. Published by the music industry magazine Billboard, it ranks the most-played songs on American modern rock radio stations. The chart was created in the midst of the growing popularity of alternative music on rock radio in the late 1980s. Billboard introduced the chart in response to demand within the music industry for consistent information on the commercial performance of alternative music. During the decade, it was known as the Modern Rock Tracks chart and tabulated based on weighted reports from twenty-nine radio stations. The Modern Rock Tracks chart debuted in the September 10, 1988 issue of Billboard, with the inaugural number-one single being "Peek-a-Boo" by English alternative rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. Upon its debut, several publications noted the presence of more independent artists on Modern Rock Tracks compared to its companion chart, Album Rock Tracks. Alternative rock band R.E.M. and new wave group The B-52's (pictured) each scored two number-one singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart during the 1980s, the most for any artist within the decade. (Full list...)

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The National Press Monument is a monument and museum to the national Indonesian press. Established in 1978, the monument is located in Surakarta, Central Java, and operated by the Ministry of Communications and Information. The complex consists of an old society building as well as several subsequent expansions. It has a collection of over a million newspapers and magazines, as well as a variety of exhibitions and artefacts related to the history of the press in Indonesia. Facilities include a multimedia room, free-to-read newspapers, and a library.

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