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International News Archive - March 21, 2012

New Research Shows Venice Is Now Slipping And Sinking

Once thought to have stabilized, new measurements reveal that Venice continues to sink slowly.

Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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