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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
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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