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NASA Sub Helps Explore Depths Of Antarctica
2013-03-01 21:01:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA is best known for its explorations away from this planet, but the US space agency has a whole other program aimed at investigating the depths of this planet. One NASA researcher from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California joined up with an international Antarctic expedition last month to try and explore an unexplored aquatic environment on Earth. Alberto Behar used a small robotic sub about the size of a...

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2009-12-16 09:27:00

Researchers learning more about how water beneath glaciers contributes to ice loss Scientists who study the melting of Greenland's glaciers are discovering that water flowing beneath the ice plays a much more complex role than they previously imagined. Researchers previously thought that meltwater simply lubricated ice against the bedrock, speeding the flow of glaciers out to sea. Now, new studies have revealed that the effect of meltwater on acceleration and ice loss -- through fast-moving...

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2008-09-22 11:45:00

A U.S. rocket scientist sent 90 rubber ducks into the ice of the fastest-moving Greenland glacier, hoping someone finds them if they emerge in Baffin Bay. Alberto Behar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said the common yellow plastic bath toys are one part of a sophisticated experiment to determine why glaciers speed up in the summer in their march to the sea. Researchers say the Jakobshavn Glacier is very likely the source of the iceberg that sank the Titanic in 1912 because...

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2006-12-12 08:55:00

Research scientist Dr. Alberto Behar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory took in the "show" at the moulin this summer. But unlike Paris' famous Moulin Rouge, this moulin had no singers or colorful dancers adorned in feathers, rhinestones and sequins. Rather, the star of this moulin was Mother Nature herself, presenting a dazzling display of moving water and ice. A moulin is a narrow, tubular shaft in a glacier that provides a pathway for water to travel from the glacier's surface to its...


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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.'