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Space News Archive - April 20, 2004

What was the tipping point when microbial life took over for plant life, when bacteria first took the stage?Astrobiology Magazine -- The bacteria family tree may be facing some changes due to the recent work of an evolutionary biologist at Washington University in St. Louis.

Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.