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Science News Archive - August 25, 2004

Just one billionth of a gram of this substance has the potential for causing an irritating skin rash in some individuals, though 100 times that amount is the average for most people.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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