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2008-08-08 13:11:28

In a recent research project between tech firm Qinetiq and Aberystwyth University, an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was sent into the sky in hopes that one day the technology will be compatible with monitoring farmland in the UK. The plane crossed over fields in England and Whales while gauging the nitrogen levels in soil, to determine whether fertilizer was needed. "You don't need to put pilots in a vehicle where you are only collecting data, providing you can do it safely,"...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • 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.'
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