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Science News Archive - July 31, 2007

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The abundant diversity of characteristics within species likely helped fuel the proliferation and evolution of an odd-looking creature that emerged from an unprecedented explosion of life on Earth more than 500 million years ago.

Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:FCEA)(NYSE:FCEB) today announced that its Forest City Military Communities, LLC subsidiary is expanding its military housing program to 11,956 units under management as a result of additional 50-year public/private venture agreements with the U.S. military.

A mud-spewing fissure in the ocean floor has given birth to a tiny Caribbean island and is posing a threat to small boats.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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