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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
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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