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Science News Archive - June 22, 2003

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, by Steven Pinker (New York, N.Y.: Viking Press 2002, ISBN 0-670-03151-8) 439 pp. Cloth $27.95.

Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.