Science News Archive - March 30, 2008


Gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains no longer have immunity to hunters in the region, as the Federal Endangered Species Act protection was removed on Friday.


Cities around the world turned out their lights for sixty minutes Saturday for “Earth Hour”, a global campaign to highlight the threat of climate change. In all, hundreds of cities in 35 different countries participated in the event.


How about a job grossing half a million bucks in 60 minutes? That's what some commercial seine fishermen in Sitka, Alaska, scooped out of the water on Wednesday -- in the form of fatty, silvery Pacific herring.

Word of the Day
  • 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.'