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Science News Archive - July 04, 2007

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Rangers found the shells of eight endangered giant tortoises believed to have been killed by poachers, Galapagos National Park officials said Tuesday. Poachers sometimes kill the protected tortoises and use the meat for consumption or for sale on the black market.

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Hundreds of dead seabirds that washed up along the Southeast coast in recent weeks apparently starved to death, but experts don't know why.

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. _ It's a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon, and Party Cove is awash in alcohol-fueled revelry. On one side, a boatful of men hollers at bikini-clad women and encourages them to drop their tops. The women oblige, eliciting hoots and hollers.

By Kirk Moore, Asbury Park Press, N.J. Jul. 3--When David Nolte got his family a 32-foot Catalina sailboat, he knew they'd need one more piece of equipment to enjoy Chesapeake Bay. A few years later, he bought the company that makes it.

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Researchers say a museum in central Japan has right whale fossils that are at least 5 million years old, making them the oldest fossilized remains of the animal in the world, officials said Wednesday.

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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