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Science News Archive - July 25, 2007

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Jumbo squid that can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh more than 110 pounds is invading central California waters and preying on local anchovy, hake and other commercial fish populations, according to a study published Tuesday.

By Bob Downing, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jul. 25--Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has filed a lawsuit against Canton's Coen Oil Co. alleging violations of state rules on underground storage tanks at five sites in Summit County.

U.S. scientists have found the use of in-ground waste disposal is producing sewage-contaminated groundwater, threatening Florida corals and human health. The University of Georgia study involved the offshore reefs of the upper Florida Keys.

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Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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