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Science News Archive - December 18, 2010

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California has approved an extensive carbon-trading plan aimed at cutting greenhouse emissions.

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The finding could lead to better-quality nanotubes for potential use in automotive, electronics, optics and other fields.

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50 million years ago, mountains began popping up in southern British Columbia and swept down Northern America over the next 22 million years, according to Stanford geochemists.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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