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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
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'