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Science News Archive - January 03, 2010

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An expedition to Antarctica has uncovered what they believe to be the remains of the first airplane brought to the continent.

Australian scientists have announced the world’s first successful large-scale restoration of a coastal wetland being devastated by acid runoff.

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Sweden launched its first wolf cull in 45 years, following a decision by parliament to control the species’ numbers.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'